Chatsworth has recently appeared as Pemberley (which is the name of the house)in the new film of Pride and Prejudice from the novel by Jane Austen. In the film are Keira Knightley, Matthew MacFadyen, Judi Dench and and Donald Sutherland.
For fans of Pride and Prejudice you may like to know that the BBC filmed their version of it not very far from here in a place called Lyme Hall in Disley. Probably only about 15 miles away. Here is a link to my Disley page.
The present Duke of Devonshire is named Peregrine Cavendish, born in 1944. He is the 12th Duke.
There are beautiful gardens to explore, a huge lake with a single jet fountain which shoots up into the air almost 300 feet high!
This cascade fountain was built over 300 years ago. The water tumbles down the 24 steps.
There is also a maze, children's play area, farmyard, shops, restaurants, cafe and a bar.
The house is very large and you can view the house without a guided tour as there are guides in the rooms who will answer any questions you may have.
House open: 11am-5.30pm
Gardens open: 11-6pm
There is also a farmyard, restaurant, bar, a maze, and gift shops.
Adult admission is £9.50 to the house and gardens.
Concessions for children and senior citizens.
When you turn off the A619 to Chatsworth the road is the B6012 and this actually runs through the parkland of Chatsworth House. The village of Edensor is on the right hand side and the house etc on the left.
If you dont wish to pay to park in the house car park, just carry on a few hundred yards and there is a free car park on the right hand side. Although finding a space at busy times may prove difficult.
When we visited this last time, we parked in the free car park and walked along the stream towards the house. There is so much parkland and countryside around there and walking is very accessible.
We had just sat on a bench when along came this mummy sheep and her babies and low and behold just as my husband took this photo, one of the lambs decided to spend a penny :-)))))
Such a lovely little village and worth a walk around.
However this isnt the original village, that was somewhere nearer to Chatsworth itself, it was partly demolished in the 1750's to enable Capability Brown (who was probably the most sought after landscape gardener of the time) to redesign part of the grounds. In the 1830's the remainder opf the village was demolished.
Todays village which was designed in the mid 19th century by Sir Joseph Paxton who also designed Crystal Palace in London. It was built between 1838 - 1842.
This also isnt the original church that once stood here, that was demolished when the 7th Duke of Devonshire employed an architect called George Silbert Scott (who also designed the Albert Memorial in London) to build a new church. The building took from 1864 to 1870 to be completed.
Some parts of the old church that was demolished were saved and put in this church, I think this old font must be one as it dates back to the early 17th century.
This font is situated next to the Cavendish Chapel in the church.
Not everyone likes going in graveyards but I do. At the south end of the graveyard is a part that is just for the family members of the Dukes of Devonshire and Cavendish families. The 11th Duke of Devonshire only died last year and now his son Peregrine is the 12th Duke.
Kathleen Kennedy was the sister of the late President of the United States John F Kennedy. She was born in 1920 and married in 1944 to William, Marquess of Hartington, he was the heir to the then 10th Duke of Devonshire. Sadly only 4 months after they married he was killed in Belgium in WW2.
In 1948 tragedy struck again and she too died in a plane crash.
Kathleen Kennedy is buried in the area where the Dukes and their families are buried.
On 29th June 1963 just a matter of months before he was assassinated President John F Kennedy visited the grave of his sister here at Edensor. The stone slab in front of her grave is dedicated to him.
Chatsworth is the family home of the Dukes of Devonshire, their family name being Cavendish. The Cavendish family have lived at Chatsworth since the middle of the 16th century.
If you dont wish to go in the house you can pay solely to view the gardens.
Adult admission is £5.75.
Car Parking at the house car park is £1.50
This hunting lodge high up in the hill was built in the late 16th century by William Cavendish the then duke.
Its not a big village, but one of the roads does rise up quite steeply. I think the majority of the villagers either work at Chatsworth House or maybe have worked there and retired.