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Chatsworth House (Bakerwell)
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Chatsworth House (Bakerwell)
Date: 09/08/02, updated on 09/08/02 (183 review reads)
Advantages: Plenty to do, Very historical, lots of atmosphere
Disadvantages: Can feel like you're being herded round, if the House is busy, Not exactly cheap
It’s called Chatsworth House – but it’s a lot more than just a House. At Chatsworth, there’s extensive gardens, a farmyard, Adventure playground, parklands, sculpture – plenty for a good family day out in fact.
The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire live there, and the Duke’s family has been there for 450 years. So it’s not owned by the National Trust, it’s a ‘private’ concern, but it’s all very well very well executed and well maintained.
House – over 30 rooms are open for view. The Painted Hall, the Dining Room and the State Bedroom are especially notable, but it’s all very sumptuous. My favourite room has got to be the State Music Room, with its famous trompe l’oeil violin painted on a tucked away door.
The Scots Rooms are a separate part of the house, for which you will need to pay extra to visit. It’s where Mary Queen of Scots lodged on her monthly visits to Chatsworth. Handpainted Chinese wallpaper is a special feature of these rooms.
The Casade is the most famous feature of the gardens (landscaped by Capability Brown) –There’s also the Emperor and Willow Tree fountains. The Emperor Fountain is the tallest gravity fed fountain in the world, very impressive, but ultimately not very relaxing to watch. The water features can be affected by rainfall, so if we ever have a very dry summer, you might be disappoint. Otherwise, you’ll usually find scores of children paddling in the water covered huge steps – and this seems to be actually welcomed, rather than frowned upon, as is the case at some stately homes.
House and garden
Adults £8.00 (garden only £4.50)
Children £3.00 (garden only £2.00)
Senior Citizens / Students £6.00
A family pass (£30.00) is a good idea if your group qualifies. This allows 2 adults and up to 4 children admission to everything – and if you donR
17;t go to one part, you can use the pass to return to it on a later day.
Entry to the parkland along the banks of the Derwent is free, all year round.
Entrance to the car park only is £1.00.
Disabilities – it’s a good place for wheelchair users, especially in the gardens (a map is provided, warning of the more hilly routes, which can be avoided without missing a great deal) although parts of the house ill be difficult to reach. several very friendly Several electric scooters can be borrowed, free of charge, staff show you how to use the electric scooters
Dogs are allowed in the garden, but must be kept on a lead.
There are 2 Cafes and a restaurant. And you’re never far away from an ice cream as there are kiosks in the car parks and gardens.
Toilets – the ones in the car park are fantastic. Maybe even the best I’ve been to outside posh department stores. Quality fittings, clean, they’ve thought of everything and it makes you feel like you’re being viewed as a special visitor, not just some hoi polloi.
Carriage House Shop and the Orangery Shop (both open from midmorning until 5.30) stock the usual gifts, books, etc.
Chatsworth Farm Shop is good for produce from the Estate – meat, game dairy produce, bakery products, as well as English wines and beers.
Also shop online at www.chatsworth-house.co.uk
House and gardens open from 11.00, (10.30 in June, July and August)
Last admission to the house at 4.30, to the garden at 5.00
This year the opening season is from 2nd March to 22nd December (extended from March to October in 2001)
Location – very near to Bakewell, with Buxton and Matlock all within a few miles. 30 minutes’ drive from Sheffield.
Telephone 01246 565300
More information at www.chatsworth-house.co.uk
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