Haddon Hall on the banks of the River Wye just a few miles from the popular town of Bakewell is probably the very finest example of a medieval manor house not just in Derbyshire but possibly anywhere in the UK.
We were thrilled to discover this amazing jewel of a house when we visited the Peak District National Park recently.
Between us we took so many photographs, I'd like to share some of them with you over the next few posts.
The first owner of the Hall, almost 900 years ago, was one "Avenell of Haddon" (1103-1114), the Hall is currently the home of Lord Edward Manners.
Lord Edward is a direct descendant of John Henry, 9th Duke of Rutland, who in the early 1920's began the massive restoration of Haddon after 200 years of neglect.
In this post you'll see some of the wonderful architecture, ancient doors and windows, and despite it's decline with the advent of Autumn - the garden, and some of the flowers that were still adding even more beauty to the surroundings.
To really experience Haddon (albeit virtually) I really think you would enjoy visiting the website here: Haddon Hall.
It has a fascinating history and you may well recognize parts of it as Haddon was one of the locations used during the filming of "Pride & Prejudice" and "The Other Boleyn Girl".
I wouldn't want you to think that all we did on vacation was lounge around in the sun, oh no.
On two occasions we took the ramshackle local bus down into Kos Town to wander the twisty streets and squares and admire the boats moored in the marina and harbour.
The two main things to see when visiting Kos town, the island capital,
are the Tree of Hippocrates and the Knights Castle.
The ancient plane tree that one sees today is about 500 years old,
believed to be the oldest tree in Europe
and possibly descended from the Tree of Hippocrates
under which the father of medicine instructed his students.
Sadly, the tree is now a hollow shell and has to be supported by scaffolding.
Surrounding the tree are tumbled down marble columns and broken fountains,
they are cordoned off from the public but still gloriously magnificent.
The Tree of Hippocrates can be found in the square outside the entrance to the Knight Castle, a fortification built in the 14th century by the medieval Knights of St John in order to defend the town of Kos from the Ottomans.
The castle was originally built on an island separated from the mainland by a moat, with a drawbridge over. Later the moat became a road and a permanent bridge was built to link the castle to the mainland. I wonder how many feet have trodden these cobbled stones?
Ancient statues and columns everywhere you look.
A not so ancient relic!
Ancient cannons and cannonballs.
We spotted this church which is undergoing restoration close to the harbour.
The site of yet another archaeological dig, close to the Tree of Hippocrates.