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A Grand Day Out
Chatsworth House (Bakerwell)
Member Name: pie_master
Chatsworth House (Bakerwell)
Date: 20/07/09, updated on 20/07/09 (67 review reads)
Advantages: Great House, Amazing Gardens!
Disadvantages: Charges Applicable for Visitors
Summary: Chatsworth House is a well-maintained stately home set in fantastic grounds comprising gardens, fields, wooded areas, vantage points and a farm centre.
Features: The main house is a fantastically well kept and brilliantly maintained example of a fine English stately home. Staffed by guides and helpers, there is an abundance of interesting period features, and the coffee shops and souvenir shops provide a good end-point to the tour.
The gardens are superb and you can explore for hours around the various sections. If you are feeling a little adventurous, you could also paddle in the gigantic 'cascade waterfall' and explore the hidden delights of the more secretive gardens which are spread across the hillside.
You do, of course, have to pay to get in to the House and Gardens, but the remaining grounds are open and accessible to all.
Comments: Chatsworth House is tremendously popular with people of all ages. It attracts families, coach parties, older visitors and picnic parties. However, visitors to the main house may find a prickly reception if they are a little younger. We went a few years ago with my parents and my wife and I (as professional-looking twenty-somethings) were treated with a brusque and somewhat abrupt tone by the admission staff, who insisted that I remove by backpack before entering. This was fine, and completely understandable, apart from the fact that several older visitors around us were passing by with similar backpacks without any bother! My parents took objection to this and ultimately lodged a complaint over an incident which unfortunately cast a shadow over an otherwise enjoyable day!
However, this may well be completely isolated and I would still heartily recommend that this should be on the list of places to visit in the Peaks for all visitors!
Summary: Pack a Picnic and Have a Great Day at Chatsworth!
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