Here at Landed Houses, we’re learning all about The Peak District. One of our houses there – Cliff House, in Monsal – has suggested we visit the Chatsworth Estate, where they send lots of their guests with fabulous home-made picnics, and the inaugural Cliff House rounders bat.
A Bit About Chatsworth…
Chatsworth is owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, who are the 16th generation of their family (the family’s name is Cavendish) to live at Chatsworth.
The house itself is beautiful (and we do rather a like a beautiful house), and was the vision of an extraordinary woman, Bess of Hardwick, who oversaw the building of the house from the 1550’s.
What To Do At Chatsworth
Chatsworth is one of those fabulous estates, like Blenheim Palace, that are family-run and very good at hosting. Chatsworth is open every day (hurrah!), and admission is around £45 for a family of two adults and three children. There’s absolutely shed-loads to do – you really wring value out of the tickets.
- Chatsworth House – over 30 rooms to visit, including the famous Painted Hall, chapel, regal State Rooms, Sketch Galleries and the Sculpture Gallery.
- Chatsworth Gardens – 105 acres, and developed over 450 years. The famous waterworks include the 300 year old Cascade, the trough waterfall in the rockery and the enormous gravity-fed Emperor fountain. As well as the huge 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.
- Farmyard and Adventure Playground – Our favourite bit! Huge adventure playground, including a ‘Climbing Forest’ (for grown ups and children!) Plus the farm yard with animals to learn about (and give the odd fuss).
- Chatsworth Estate – lots of lovely walks through woodland and meadows.
Our Thoughts About Chatsworth
Gorgeous! And we’d quite like it on our Landed Houses’ portfolio…
Incidentally, the BBC have filmed a lovely 3-part documentary on Chatsworth…details here…http://www.chatsworth.org/documentary