Haddon Hall, Derbyshire f.20
Haddon Hall was the seat of the Vernon family from 1170 to 1567. Built of grey limestone, the house sits gracefully on the banks of the River Wye. The present structure dates mainly from the 14th and 15th century and represents one of the finest examples of Elizabethan architecture in the country. The interior boasts exquisite craftsmanship from that time, together with fine tapestries and elaborately carved furniture and ceilings.
Nikolaus Pevsner described the Hall as, "The English castle par excellence, not the forbidding fortress on an unassailable crag, but the large, rambling, safe, grey, loveable house of knights and their ladies, the unreasonable dream-castle of those who think of the Middle Ages as a time of chivalry and valour and noble feelings. None other in England is so complete and convincing."