Another dream destination to add to your list of great historic houses to visit. Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. It is at the top of my list for a number of reasons.
1. Every penny of visitor admission goes directly to the Chatsworth House Trust, which is dedicated to the long-term preservation of Chatsworth House, the art collection, garden, woodlands and park for the long term benefit of the public. The charity promotes the study and appreciation of Chatsworth as a place of historic, architectural and artistic interest and of natural beauty, and encourages the use and enjoyment of Chatsworth by visitors for education and recreation. I recently watched the BBC Series Monarch of the Glen loosely taken from the book of the same name by Compton Mackenzie. There are 7 series which were recorded from 2000-2005. It depicts life in the fictional Scottish castle of Glenbogle and one story line is the challenge of maintaining a historic home today. So congratulations to Chatsworth.
2. The Estate offers charming cottages and hotels all set in beautiful locations across the 35,000 acre estate in Derbyshire and the Peak District. From converted stone barns to the Hunting Tower, the buildings have their own unique history and atmosphere.
3. The best reason is the Estate. 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. Today Chatsworth contains works of art that span 4000 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. Chatsworth has 126 rooms, with nearly 30 of them pen to the public. The house is well-adapted to allow the family to live privately in their apartments. The 30 rooms open to the public include Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery.
Enjoy some of the grand images of the interior and exterior.
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