In celebration of all things British – the Queen’s Jubilee, the London Olympics — members of the Dunwoody Woman’s Club are especially happy to include a home with a quintessentially English accent on their 40th Annual Dunwoody Home Tour, scheduled for Oct. 3.
The 8-year-old Haddigan home in Spalding Stables Estates is replete with references to Mrs. Haddigan’s British family heritage. Many furniture pieces are painstakingly faithful reproductions of outstanding furnishings in Althorp, the ancestral Spencer estate in Northamptonshire, England, childhood home of the late Princess Diana.
The reproductions were authorized by Charles, the 9th Earl of Spencer, Diana’s brother, whom many will remember as a particularly poignant speaker at Diana’s funeral.
The Althorp funiture pieces, as well as a majestically antlered stag’s head over the keeping room fireplace, are all signed by Charles Spencer.
Extensive collections of Wedgwood and other English china including Portmerion’s “Birds of Britain,” Eakins’s “Birds of America” and engravings of the Lake District of England give evidence of the Haddigans’ delight in beautiful items with reflective of nature, wildlife and – especially — Great Britain.
Mahogany paneling and stacked fieldstone walls create a warm, welcoming ambience in the terrace-level pub, home to a 70-piece collection of Royal Doulton “Toby” jugs on custom shelving adjacent to a home theater, billiard room, exercise room with sauna and an 800-bottle wine cellar.
Flourishing handsomely in the home’s distinctly British climate are a number of American antiques of particular meaning to the family, including museum quality quilts, a 100-year old cash register — in this computer age will our grandchildren have even heard of cash registers? — a 1904 Dayton candy scale, and treasured dollhouses, lovingly handcrafted for the owners’ daughters.
A floral design by Dunwoody Flowers will be on display in the Haddigan home on the day of the Home Tour.
Four other outstanding home are on this year’s tour including a family lodge and spa on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, a strikingly remodeled contemporary home, a formal Southern Colonial home in the tradition of a Charleston plantation manor, and an example of Southern farmhouse vernacular that had a starring role in the movie “Parental Guidance,” which will be in theaters in December.
Tickets for the tour are $25 in advance or $30 on tour day. They are available at Cutie Pies Children’s Boutique in Dunwoody Village near Fresh Market, Nancy’s Boutique in the Shops of Dunwoody, Nancy’s Hallmark in the Georgetown Shopping Center, Southern Comforts Consignments and Consignments for Women on Dunwoody Club Drive at Jett Ferry, and Josephine’s Antiques and Fine Linens in the Ellard Shopping Center on Holcomb Bridge Road as well as from any Dunwoody Woman’s Club member or online at dunwoodywomansclub.org. All ticket proceeds from the Home Tour are returned to the community through the Club’s diverse community service projects.