Saturday, 12 October 2013

If you only visit one stately home in England I suggest this one ...

We recently visited Chatsworth House near Chesterfield in Derbyshire.  As members of National Trust we thought we had seen some really good examples but this trumped the lot.

The building itself is magnificent from the outside but the interior just blows you away.  There are more rooms on show than in any other property and each one seems to have something that makes you go "wow".

Admission is quite steep at £16 per adult for house and garden but I still feel it is money well spent.

You walk around the house in your own time and within each room there are written guides (in many languages) and also someone who you can ask direct questions of.

In the chapel the Damien Hirst sculpture was a bit gruesome showing Saint Bartholomew skinning himself alive.

Many rooms have magnificent painted ceilings and the owners have added a sculpture room and modern art area.

After working your way through the house you end up in the gardens where there are a number of cafes.  We found the meal deal at £8 was enough for us to share.  A choice of sandwich, salad or freshly made pasty, any drink plus a slice of home baked cake.

You could spend a whole day in the gardens just wandering around.  There are many different sections designed at different stages and all around you keep coming across sculptures.  Luckily when we visited there were additional ones as an exhibition.

I won't spoil it by telling you too much but highly recommend a visit and maybe the following photos will inspire you.


Mark Vincent Weiss said...

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Michelle Courtney DeFiore said...

Traveling full time is really expensive, even if you are planning on a low budget travel, it is really expensive. Just imagine your hotel reservation and other important expenses.