At the beginning of the month I spent a lovely few days away in the Peak District with the girls from uni. We stayed in the most beautiful country cottage in Gratton and spent the weekend catching up, drinking Prosecco and taking in the fresh country air. We spent one afternoon exploring the very picturesque Chatsworth House and well, I couldn’t not share the photos with you!
When I was younger we used to go for family days out and I remember playing in the gardens and looking up at the elaborate decorations on the huge Christmas trees at Christmas time. Therefore, when we discovered we were staying only half an hour away and the girls had never visited – I was very excited.
Chatsworth House is a stately home in the Derbyshire Dales near Bakewell, so perfect to spend half a day in Chatsworth House and the other half exploring Bakewell and treating yourself to a Bakewell Tart. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire the stately home has been passed down through the family for generations – very Downton. The stately home has over 30 rooms to explore, 105 acres of garden, a farmyard, playground and a cafe/restaurant and shop. Oh and I can’t not mention the maze in the garden – that was fun haha.
Home to various exhibitions throughout the year, on our visit we got to explore ‘House Style’ an exhibition documenting five centuries of fashion at Chatsworth. Curated by Hamish Bowles, the International Editor from American Vogue the exhibition brought together history, fashion and design featuring couture designed by the likes of Christian Dior, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen alongside personal family collections such as coronation robes and fancy dress.
Sadly by the time I’ve got round to writing this the exhibition has now finished but do keep a look out for future exhibitions and of course, Christmas! That’s always spectacular at Chatsworth but whatever the time of year, it most definitely deserves a visit.
Who else has visited?