Derbyshire: Chatsworth House.

A trip to Derbyshire is not complete unless you have made a trip to Chatsworth House.

This splendid building has been in the Cavendish family for 16 generations. Sir William Cavendish bought the property in 1549. Queen Elizabeth 1 bought Mary Queen of Scots here as her prisoner. Over time “Capability” Brown landscaped the grounds. It covers 400 hectares. Now a strong team of gardeners keep the grounds immaculate. The beautiful water foundation takes pride of place and was placed purposely so it can be seen from the house. The lakes, orangery and greenhouses, there is so much to see.

The exquisite rooms decorated with fine art, ornaments and furniture from around the world. A small chapel that is still used today. The house is still occupied by the latest Cavendish family, who open their doors to let the public wander around their beautiful home. During the run-up to Christmas, the grounds are full of stalls to buy your unique presents, you can eat venison burgers, drink mulled wine and enjoy the ambience of the season.

Chatsworth boasts a beef herd, red deer and more than 3000 sheep. Beer has been brewed in the Chatsworth stables since the 1760s, and until 1931 was part of the staff wage.

In my opinion, Chatsworth House is on the UK Derbyshire bucket list, take a picnic and spend most the day, enjoy the stunning house and grounds steeped in history. It is certainly a place worth visiting. This was a trip I made in 2010.

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8 Comments

  1. Somewhere I ve often thought of visiting.
    The water fountain in the beautiful gardens looks stunning!
    Definitely on my bucket list of places to visit.
    Thank you for posting, the pictures are wonderful.

  2. Oooh lovely! I think I have walked around the grounds, but I have never been inside. I love the idea of visiting at Christmastime for venison burgers and mulled wine! My husband’s family lives near here, so I’ll try to pop in next time we visit. 😀

    have you been to Haddon Hall? I loved that one too.

    • Thank you. Christmas at Chatsworth is an experience. Please check my website regularly to see where else I would recommend. Or subscribe to my mailing list.

  3. I’ve never heard of this, and it’s so close to my university – I’d love to visit! The painting on the ceiling looks absolutely stunning, as an art student this sounds like the perfect day out. Perfect for picnics too!!

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