The other weekend I finally got myself into gear and went to Chatsworth House for a look around. In the past I’ve walked around the grounds and gardens but had never been inside the House, which is a bit shameful as it’s my local stately home, everyone should have one don’t you think. Where I lived before my local stately home was Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, which I loved to visit – great for children too.
Now back to Chatsworth, which incidentally is also great for children, everything you need to know about the place you can find on the Chatsworth House website . In a nutshell Chatsworth House is located in Derbyshire, UK with history going back to the 11th Century, and Chatsworth being home to the Cavendish family since 1549. The 12th Duke of Devonshire, Peregrine Cavendish continues to care for the house.
I have to say the inside of the House is very lavish (gold is the colour) and the free flow wandering lets you meander around at your own pace, lingering where your interest lies. I did take a few snaps inside the house to share, it was quite dark so they’re not the best.
I particularly liked the compact ‘en-suite’ inside the fitted wardrobe, and the way the sumptuous bed had been hidden by a large scrolled bed end, creating a partition for a home-office. This is an idea I’m going to try and apply in my own home, without the bling of course.
Take a look at the wallpaper, very on-trend theme of nature & wildlife. And there were many many chandeliers, of course.
There’s an exhibition exploring five centuries of fashion at Chatsworth, currently going on until mid-October, so if you are a fashion fan you will have fun spotting some classics gowns as you wander through the Chatsworth House.
For all the splendour of the House, the garden and grounds are still my favourite.
the greenhouses & vegetable garden……
On a sunny day the gardens and grounds lend themselves perfectly for getting that rug out and having a hearty picnic as part of a family and friends meet-up.
The other thing I like about Chatsworth is they have a great shop. I normally skip the visitor shop at these kinds of places but I do visit the Chatsworth shop when I’m starting my Christmas shopping as they always stock some nice quality decor pieces and jewellery, bags etc, which are within my price range (well mostly). The courtyard outside is a great place to sit for a coffee, even in the cold if you are all wrapped up.
So why has it taken me 3 years before I visited the Chatsworth House?? To be honest I don’t know, we do sometime appear to overlook things on our doorstep, which is why I will soon be writing the ‘Ten things I love about Buxton!’
Is Chatsworth House your kind of day out?