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JUL-AUG 2019

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HADDON HALL Crenelated 12 th -century Haddon Hall perches on thick ramparts anchored on a limestone out- cropping above the River Wye. Dubbed "the most important English house to survive from the Middle Ages," it lay dormant for 200 years, from the 1700s until the 1920s, when it was restored. Part of the duchy of Rutland, the 3,800-acre estate is owned by the present duke's younger brother, Lord Edward Manners, who resides there with his young family. Today, happy shouts of energetic twin sons reverberate through passages, effectively erasing the Reformation's darkness. But whispered tales recount the daring elopement of Dorothy Vernon, a Catholic, with Protestant Sir John Manners. Centuries later, their love story still resonates when one views the sweeping outdoor staircase that she supposedly used to escape from her disapproving father. St. Nicholas Chapel showcases restored frescoes con- cealed by whitewash during the Reformation, while the Long Gallery boasts intricate plasterwork. The glory of Haddon Hall, however, is in its gardens, where you can smell the roses that dominate terraced beds, cascade down ancient façades, and frame doorways in frothy blooms. This triumph of harmony and texture was orchestrated by landscape architect Arne Maynard, who led Haddon's 2011 garden revival. With romance and respect for history as his mantra, Maynard was guided by photographs of the garden planted by Lord Manners's grandmother in the 1920s. "Its softness and romance had disappeared, and I wanted to capture that again," Maynard says. A display of Haddon Hall's roses includes 'Scepter d'Isle,' which blooms continuously all summer, emitting a myrrh-like fragrance; 'Mannington Mauve Rambler,' a vigorous rambler covered in semidouble mauve flowers; and 'Président de Sèze' roses, compact and deeply scented roses with lilac-pink blooms. 62 | J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 9 "Chatsworth was described in the 17 th century as a jewel, and a jewel it remains, making neighboring Haddon Hall all the more remarkable," says British garden scholar and author John Phibbs. "How can it be that two great ducal houses should be a stone's throw from each other?" PHOTOS (THIS SPREAD, PREVIOUS SPREAD, AND NEXT SPREAD) BY MARIANNE MAJERUS AND (ROSE DETAIL) COURTESY OF HADDON HALL

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