Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is set in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire, on the banks of the river Derwent. Home of the Cavendish family since the 1550s, it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations.
Chatsworth House has over 30 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall, to the family-used chapel, regal State Rooms and beautiful Sculpture Gallery. Chatsworth also houses the Devonshire Collection, one of Europe’s most significant art collections, which is continually added to, encompassing Old Masters to contemporary ceramics and artefacts from Ancient Egypt to cutting edge modern sculpture.
The 105 acre garden is famous for its rich history, and includes historic and modern waterworks and sculptures, Joseph Paxton’s Rockery, the maze and an impressive kitchen garden.
The famous waterworks include the 300 year old Cascade, the trough waterfall in the rockery and the gravity-fed Emperor fountain which plays to 90m.
The garden also offers beautiful views of the 1000 acre park, designed by ‘Capability’ Brown in the 1760s, and one of the most recognised and historic man-made landscapes in Britain.
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The working farmyard offers people of all ages the opportunity to handle the animals, learn about food production and find out more about poultry, cattle and sheep, to name but a few. The woodland adventure playground is a thrill for children of all ages, including slides, trampolines and water and sand play.
Each year Chatsworth hosts a number of special events including the Horse Trials, Country Fair and Christmas market; and from November the lower floors of the house are transformed for the annual Christmas displays. In addition to the busy events programme, each year Chatsworth also hosts a number of special exhibitions included with admission. In addition to the headline exhibition, every autumn the Chatsworth Garden hosts Sotheby’s Beyond Limits sculpture exhibition, as well as a rolling programme of showcasing Old Master Drawings which continues through the year.
The estate also offers holiday cottages, hotels, shops and restaurants, including the award winning Chatsworth Estate Farm shop in the village of Pilsley, approximately 1.5 miles from Chatsworth House.
Chatsworth has always had an excellent reputation for hospitality, with holiday cottages and hotels all set in beautiful locations across the estate in Derbyshire and the Peak District.
From converted stone barns to the Hunting Tower, the buildings have their own unique history and atmosphere. There are several accommodation providers on the estate, including hotels, guest houses and caravan sites.