A stately country mansion in idyllic parkland with lake and woodland walks, Haddo House has something for everyone. From fertile forest to fairy play areas, from birdwatching to squirrel spotting, from rhododendrons to roses, the natural world meets the perfect playtime at Haddo Estate. A place for all ages: the history of the house both inspires and educates, while the parkland offers exercise, relaxation and above all an untamed beauty: sugar for the soul.
Owned by the National Trust for Scotland, Haddo House belonged to the Gordon family for 500 years, including George Hamilton-Gordon, Prime Minister of the UK from 1852 to 1855. The house is designed in the Georgian Palladian style, and boasts a magnificent art collection, including paintings of 85 castles by James Giles.
The Victorian Garden
The enclosed garden features a fountain, a tree planted by Queen Victoria, and an impressive array of shrubs and flowers.
Here you feel as if you have stepped back in time, you can almost imagine the ghost of Queen Victoria as she blesses her tree. History has planted roots deep in this garden, like a place that time forgot, a space too content to move with modern times. Because of this, just spending time in this garden is perfect for quiet reflection, mental musings and stillness. The sound of the fountain is a lullaby that lifts the soul.