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.