Places to visit

Haddo House

Haddo House

Elegant and luxurious house: home to the 'Haddo Madonna' said to be by Raphael

  • Admire this magnificent example of a Scottish stately home in the Palladian style.

  • Explore the home of the Gordon family, who lived here for more than 400 years.

  • Discover the delightful terrace garden.

  • Learn about the Haddo Madonna, said to be by Raphael.

Stately and striking, Haddo House casts a huge impression from the moment you set eyes on it. Designed in 1732 by William Adam, Haddo House underwent an opulent remodelling in the 1880s. As a result, it has the clean elegance and swooping lines of the Georgian style with a luxurious Victorian interior.   

Family portraits trace generations of Gordons, who played a huge part in Scottish history. George Gordon, 1st Earl of Aberdeen was Lord Chancellor of Scotland; the 4th Earl served as Prime Minister. More recently, Haddo was a maternity hospital during World War II – over 1,200 babies were born here.

The house is surrounded by a terrace garden with a lavish herbaceous border and geometric flower beds. A magnificent avenue of lime trees leads to Haddo Country Park.