A Visit to Chatsworth House

One of my regular commutes to work involves a regular visit to Derbyshire. Its a 4 hour round trip but the drive is so beautiful I don’t mind it one bit. Well, except the time the snow came down pretty heavily and I had to make it out of there pretty quickly before they started closing all the A roads.

One of my highlights is driving through the Chatsworth estate and it’s absolutely beautiful. A vast estate, acres of lush greenery as far as the eye can see. I’m not really sure how much belongs to Chatsworth but it looks like a fair bit of it does. Imagine the quintessential Sunday drive through British countryside. Green hills, pretty trees and herds of sheep and deer (as well as the odd grouse) just cantering about carefree, wherever their will takes them. That is Chatsworth. I have found myself having to stop completely many a time to let the deer run across. I once relayed the whole thing fairly excitedly on a conference call. I’m not sure everyone else wanted my many interjections of deer commentary, besides one guy who did pipe up he fancied venison on toast. Which isn’t the picture I was trying to get across. I have to be fairly careful as the sheep are pretty fearless and I have worried occasionally about what I would do if I accidentally found myself knocking over one of them. Luckily that’s never happened, mainly as I tootle through at approximately 5 miles an hour.

I’ve always admired the huge and awesome Chatsworth House that sits within the estate but, in the year and half I’ve been making the trip, never had a chance to see the inside. So last week I decided to make some time to pop in and took my camera to capture some of the fascinating things that reside within.

The historic house is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and has seen 16 generations of family. It houses a massive art collection from 5 centuries and you could spend a good few hours admiring it all learning about significant pieces from the helpful historians dotted about. I was on a flying visit unfortunately but I will definitely be going back with my two Z’s one day to enjoy all their other offerings, including a play farm and children’s play area. There are various events throughout the year. The Pride and Prejudice one sounds really intriguing. Although I’m not sure I would go as far as to turn up in an 18th century gown for a waltz around their ballroom. It would be most confusing to my work colleagues too no doubt.

These are just some of the bits I captured. The veiled lady (as I kept calling her), known more accurately as “veiled vestal virgin” has to be my favourite. The 6th Duke of Devonshrie visited Rafaelle Monti’s studio in Milan in 1846 and placed an order with a ยฃ60 deposit. She was completed 6 months later and shipped to England where she was initially displayed at Chiswick House, in London, before being moved to Chatsworth House in the in 1999.

I was a bit surprised to see the big foot, aptly named “Foot wearing a sandal”. I remember seeing an exact or very similar one in Rome about 8 years ago and recall wondering how massive the entire sculpture would have been if it was still intact.

If you do happen to be in the area I would highly recommend a visit here, especially if you love art, followed by a visit to Matlock and Bakewell (to pick up some pudding of course). And if you’re sad like me you should also put on a bit of classical radio and cruise through the estate as you step back in time for a bit. Watch out for speedy deer. And sheep. And grouse.

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  1. Sarah MumofThree World November 3, 2014 / 9:09 am

    It looks fabulous! I bet it was nice to walk round on your own and take it all in without anyonr hassling you to hurrry up (in my house that’s the husband as much as the kids!). We went there years ago when I was at university in Nottingham, but I must say I remember nothinb about it!
    Glad I know what your rather spooky Silent Sunday was now.
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    • Notmyyearoff November 6, 2014 / 8:38 am

      Definitely worth a visit and I think I’ll go back with my two Zs too!

  2. Nikki Thomas November 3, 2014 / 10:24 am

    I have seen Chatsworth from a distance and it is one of those places I have always wanted to visit. It looks stunning and you have taken some gorgeous photos there.
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    • Notmyyearoff November 6, 2014 / 8:38 am

      I wish I’d had the whole day, but it was really lovely just wandering about quietly (albeit slightly speedily :))

  3. Dean November 3, 2014 / 10:39 am

    Now that is what you call ‘grand’! Would definitely want to visit, if ever we are in the area. Love the photo with the autumn trees. So beautiful! #whatsthestory.
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    • Notmyyearoff November 6, 2014 / 8:39 am

      I think its looking lovely right now with all the golden colours. Think winter will look even nicer!

  4. Katie November 3, 2014 / 12:15 pm

    Wow it looks lovely – i love visiting country estates and finding out all the history, although its a bit difficult with kids as they won’t let you stand still and read!
    Chatsworth is also the shameless housing estate name ๐Ÿ™‚ x
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    • Notmyyearoff November 6, 2014 / 8:39 am

      Yes!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Usually I’m running after Z or trying to stop him from going under the red barrier ropes.

  5. Chrissie November 3, 2014 / 12:34 pm

    The story about the deer and the confrence call made me laugh. I’ve never seen a wolf statue in one of these stately homes before just lions.
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    • Notmyyearoff November 6, 2014 / 8:40 am

      There was a lot of Roman artefcats in there. I think the wolf may have been from the Remus Romulus story (must look it up!)

    • Notmyyearoff November 6, 2014 / 8:40 am

      Isn’t she so interesting. Definitely must have taken a very skilled craftsman to do it.

    • Notmyyearoff November 6, 2014 / 8:41 am

      Thanks, it really was!

  6. Lady Lilith November 3, 2014 / 8:01 pm

    Wow. These are some amazing photographs.

    • Notmyyearoff November 6, 2014 / 8:41 am

      thanks Lady Lilith, love the name ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Notmyyearoff November 6, 2014 / 8:46 am

      Thank you!! So glad I finally popped in to see it all.

  7. Sara (@mumturnedmom) November 3, 2014 / 9:34 pm

    It looks fabulous, somewhere I would love to visit. Your photos are gorgeous, love the foot in sandal ๐Ÿ™‚ Bet it was lovely to wander around on your own x #WhatstheStory
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    • Notmyyearoff November 6, 2014 / 8:46 am

      It has a lovely kids farm and play area and gorgeous tea rooms too. I definitely need to go back with the boys.

    • Notmyyearoff November 6, 2014 / 8:47 am

      Thanks S! Really nice place and definitely worth spending a couple of days in the area.

    • Notmyyearoff November 6, 2014 / 8:50 am

      Haha that was the thing I was SOOO impressed about. Do you know a chiropodist has actually studied the foot and commented how many corns the foot has? You’re welcome ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Notmyyearoff November 6, 2014 / 8:51 am

      Ooh definitely do it. There is Haddon Hall too which looks lovely but I haven;t seen it yet!

    • Notmyyearoff November 6, 2014 / 8:52 am

      I love the detail of her veil, must have taken ages for someone to carve it all out!

    • Notmyyearoff November 6, 2014 / 8:54 am

      I’m just about to read your Cliveden post, I love National Trust stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Jenny November 5, 2014 / 8:47 pm

    Wow looks absolutely amazing. Love all the decor you captured. I have heard it’s a great day out. Lovely to see it here with you. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme
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    • Notmyyearoff November 6, 2014 / 8:53 am

      Its a beautiful part of the country, I think I’ll miss it when I’m no longer driving in those parts.

    • Notmyyearoff November 6, 2014 / 8:56 am

      Thank you Grace. They have a farm and play area too if you fancy it ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Notmyyearoff November 6, 2014 / 8:54 am

    I loved those trees, hoping to capture them with snow one day soon too. As long as I can drive of course ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Helen C November 7, 2014 / 8:58 am

    Ah, so that’s where your silent sunday was taken! I grew up near Chatsworth so visited lots as a child, it’s a lovely place. I must go back there one day with the camera, I think I’d appreciate it a lot more now I’m old(er)! Great photos, some really interesting ones.
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  11. DEANNA November 7, 2014 / 9:24 pm

    I love the picture of the foot. Maybe I should post a photo of my feet on my page too. Thanks!!
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  12. Erica Price November 8, 2014 / 9:32 am

    Gorgeous pictures! I’ve been meaning to visit for years, but have never got round to it. Should have gone when my sister lived in Derbyshire.
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  13. Charly Dove November 8, 2014 / 10:51 pm

    Oh wow Tas it sounds absolutely amazing at Chatsworth House. I’ve heard about it before but the photos are just fabulous. Hope you’re good. We’ve just had this 5 day hackathon event – 5 teams of millennials reinvented money in 5 days. Was ace! Had a big party last night too. Hopefully work with be a little less bonkers so I can do a bit more blogging and commenting xxx
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  14. Hayley (@hayleyfromhome) November 9, 2014 / 9:29 pm

    Chatsworth is really special, my husband proposed to me in the grounds. It was a complete surprise and we had been round the whole Hall and grounds before he plucked up the courage, haha! I would love to go back with the boys there is so much space there, please go with your Z’s as I would love to see more of your photos x
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  15. Babyfoote November 12, 2014 / 9:36 pm

    So beautiful. I love visiting houses like that, but I’ve never been to Chatsworth. Great photos, thanks for sharing!
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  16. Donna July 23, 2015 / 12:41 pm

    Really impressive items, especially the “Foot wearing a sandal”! I went to the Chiswick house two years ago and I was really impressed so I believe that I would also like to visit the Chatsworth house! Thank you for the lovely post!

  17. Alison October 4, 2016 / 2:22 pm

    I have always fancied visiting here and your photos make me want to more. It looks lovely

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