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Haddo House

Aberdeenshire’s elegant home for the ‘Haddo Madonna’ by Raphael
Haddo House window with stone bust and rouched curtains
  • Discover this magnificent example of a Scottish stately home in the Palladian style.

  • Take a tour around the home of the story-rich Gordon family, who lived here for more than 400 years.

  • Stroll through the delightful terrace garden.

  • Admire the ‘Haddo Madonna’, said to be by Raphael.

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About this place

Stately and striking, Haddo House casts a huge impression from the moment you set eyes on it. Designed in 1732 by William Adam, the 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.

In 2016, a painting of the Madonna at Haddo received a lot of attention when it was identified as being probably by Raphael. We are now working with Dr Matthias Wivel, curator of 16th-century paintings at the National Gallery in London, to try to arrive at a definitive attribution for this beautiful painting.

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.

Our accreditations and awards

  • 4 Star Visitor Attraction
  • Green Tourism Silver