Haddo House was designed by William Adam and built in 1732 by William Gordon, the 2nd Earl of Aberdeen for his young bride Ann Gordon whose father was Chief of Clan Gordon. This Georgian style country home has a lavish Victorian interior having undergone extensive renovation in the 1880s.
The house has and impressive collection of paintings including such noted artists as Pompeo Batoni, the Scottish artist James Giles and a masterpiece by Raphael. The family portraits include the 4th Earl, George Campbell Gordon whose friend Queen Victoria made him her Prime Minister in 1852. The Queen stayed at Haddo House in 1857 when she and her husband Prince Albert, each planted a Wellingtonia (Giant Redwood) in the garden there. These important horticultural features can still be seen at Haddo today.
Home to the Gordon family for around four hundred years, this superb country house was gifted to The National Trust for Scotland in 1979.
The beautifully maintained terraced garden was recently restored to its original layout using depictions from paintings and photographs found in the house. Many of the plants in the re-created geometric flower beds are similar to those used in the original garden design. A lovely avenue of lime trees leads from the garden to the extensive country park surrounding the House and has abundant wildlife on its lakes and woodland.
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