A visit to Haddo is sure to keep you occupied all day, there’s so much to see and do. For all its grandeur, visitors to the house often remark how homely it feels. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that the Gordon family have lived at Haddo continuously for over 400 years. Originally designed by William Adam in 1732 and refurbished in 1880, the present house combines crisp Georgian architecture with sumptuous late Victorian interiors. Throughout the house and grounds, family portraits, sculptures and memorabilia build up a fascinating history of the Gordon family over the centuries. The superb collection of portraits includes a painting of George, Lord Haddo by Pompeo Batoni, and works by William Mosman, Sir Thomas Lawrence and the ‘Castles of Aberdeenshire’ series by James Giles.
Visit the old stables and you’ll find our shop, which sells an excellent range of gifts, then call into the period tearoom to sample some delicious home baking.
Don’t leave without visiting the delightful terrace garden with geometric rosebeds and fountain, a lavish herbaceous border and secluded glades and knolls. A magnificent avenue of lime trees leads to adjacent Haddo Country Park with its lakes, monuments, walks and wildlife.
Haddo House, its gardens, hall and stable block, and 7.7ha of the policies acquired by the Secretary of State for Scotland in 1978, through National Land Fund procedures, at the wish of the 4th Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair who also provided an endowment. The house and garden were opened by the Trust in 1979. The adjacent Country Park is run by Aberdeenshire Council