Chatsworth House & Gardens

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Rear view of Chatsworth House from the gardens at the foot of the cascade
The day began with torrential rain and the odd clap of thunder, so our expectations were low but the weather dried up after breakfast, so we set off for Chatsworth, and after coffee and (the inevitable) cake, we toured the house.  It's only £2 to park, and you can walk for miles in the gardens and around the area all day long.  We had visited 16 years ago, but James was only a year old and not in the mood, so I had stayed outside with him.  The house is quite stunning and as the Devonshires have lived there continuously for generations, many of the furnishings and treasures are original.  The sculptures take your breath away, and the cieling paintings were clearly commissioned by a Duke with a penchant for the well-rounded female form !

Anyone who has seen the 2005 Pride & Prejudice film will recognise Chatsworth as "Pemberley", Mr.
Front view of Chatsworth House
Darcy's home.  It was also used extensively in "The Dutchess" (also starring Keira Knightly) and "Wolfman" for which the house and part of the gardens were made to appear derelict.

The Dukes of Devonshire certainly knew how to use their immense wealth, and the current Devonshires are re-investing the earnings from visitors in maintaining the property and putting much of it back how it was in the 18th. century and undoing some of the 19th. and early 20th. century changes.  It is a five-year programme and will cost millions and will combine conservation with new developments.

The gardens are beautiful in the spring with thousands of daffodils still in bloom.  We walked between three and four miles around the gardens in a mixture of sunshine and biting wind.  We returned via the Chatsworth Farm Shop and bought a Bakewell Pudding.

Dinner at the Charles Cotton Hotel was excellent, rain again now, back on the road tomorrow via Buxton.
mikehil says:
We've no doubt you both felt to the manor born as you ambled the grounds. And did you enjoy the pudding??
Posted on: Apr 16, 2009
SjaBra says:
Enjoy the remainder of your stay, hope for sunny weather and more travel logs ..
Posted on: Apr 15, 2009
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