When my friends ask, “What is your favourite place to visit in England, besides London” – I always say: Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. It’s a must-see for anyone planning a trip to the UK.
For the original, proper country home experience there really is nothing to compare to Chatsworth. Nestled in beautiful Derbyshire countryside, even the journey itself is an experience. It’s been seen in many films and TV shows and is best known as Mr Darcy’s house, Pemberley, in the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice; based on the book by Jane Austen.
But the reason Chatsworth excels over so many of the rest is simple: customer service along with a truly magnificent home and beautiful gardens.
I’m not sure if they’ve had consultants in on how to deal with visitors, but the difference between this grand house and so many others I’ve visited is how friendly the staff are. Want to take pictures? No problem. Go ahead. Want me to explain a picture on the wall with good humour and patience? No problem, here is the information. Want to be carried on the shoulders of the staff, whilst you sip tea? Okay, perhaps not that.
The following pictures were all taken by myself during this trip and on the same beautiful day. We begin with the drive to the house over the Derbyshire moors…