We then proceeded to Haddon Hall, an 11th–17th Century “country house” with a nearly-intact medieval kitchen and beautiful gardens. A bonus is that parts of The Princess Bride were filmed there; we’re big fans, so it was fun to see and identify the settings.


Of course, Haddon Hall isn’t the filming location of merely Prince Humperdinck’s castle; it’s also been used for various productions of Jane Eyre, a Pride and Prejudice, and an operetta by Grundy (not Gilbert) & Sullivan. Oh, yes — and it’s an idyllic site with wonderfully preserved buildings. And home to the family of the brother of the 11th Earl of Rutland.