The stately home of Chatsworth House close to Bakewell in Derbyshire, England has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549 and is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire. Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family.
The beatiful house sits on a magnificent estate by the banks of the River Derwent with extensive parkland and surrounded by wooded rocky hills. Chatsworth House is one of the most popular tourist destination in the region and a tour around the inside of the house reveals some spectacular exhibitions. The grounds around the house are also worth a walk around making it a full day out to see everything.
The house is renowned for the quality of its art, landscape and hospitality, and it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations.
Chatsworth has 126 rooms with nearly 100 of them closed to visitors; the family lives there in private apartments while the house is open to the public. When we visited there was a special House Style Showcase where never-before-seen items from the Devonshire Collection were on show so it was a rather special visit.
Today, Chatsworth contains works of art that span 4,000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to work by outstanding modern artists, including Lucian Freud, Edmund de Waal and David Nash.
There are over 30 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery. In the guest bedrooms, meet an Edwardian lady’s maid who will reveal the secrets of her mistress’s suitcase of clothes.
There are some stunning art pieces to view in the rooms of Chatsworth House but probably the most impressive one is the Veiled Vestal Virgin carved from one piece of marble tucked away in a side alcove.
The 105 acre Chatsworth Gardens have evolved over 450 years and are famous for its historic and modern waterworks and sculptures, its Victorian rock garden and maze.
The famous waterworks include the 300-year-old Cascade, the Willow Tree Fountain and the impressive gravity-fed Emperor Fountain.
As well as the Maze, the Rockery and the Rose, Cottage and Kitchen Gardens, there are also over five miles of walks with rare trees, shrubs, streams and ponds to discover.
Today, the garden is managed by a team of 20 gardeners, 3 trainees and 50 volunteers.
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