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“Fantastic Day Out”
Review of Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House
Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Bakewell
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Owner description: Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is set in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire, on the banks of the river Derwent. Explore the historic house for fascinating stories and one of Europe's most significant art collections. In the garden, discover water features, giant sculptures and beautiful flowers set in Britain's most stunning and surprising country estate. Or come face to face with our farm animals in our working farmyard and enjoy adventurous fun in the playground. Furthermore, with holiday cottages and hotels, shops and restaurants, including Britain's best farm shop, you can really make the most of your time with us.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 11 May 2014

What a place! Loads to do. The house and gardens are steeped in history. Lots of fascinating stories. The entrance fee is premium pricing - it did feel a tad on the pricey side at over £20 a ticket. So dramatic that it just about gets away with the cost.

Thank Simon G
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

Chatsworth is everything it is billed to be. Very old English aristocracy at home in some of the most beautiful gardens maintained by a handful of staff. There are some real do's and don'ts though.
Do- think! It one of the most popular attractions in the area so weekends and holidays are packed be ready for it. Do go to the loo by the stables (with a camera), Do please take a guided tour it makes the whole thing come alive and the staff are so good and alive with facts and stories that no guide book can give as much. Do go round the house twice, once with a guide and once to see the other bits and chat to the staff in the various rooms (they are self taught) and finally do spend time in the grounds and the £100 farm shop (I don't know how we spent so much but it was brill). Chatsworth and some of the past Dukes and Duchesses have helped shape this country - go enjoy.

Thank DerrickJS
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

just returned from a 2 day visit to chatsworth house estate. we stayed at the devonshire arms beeley this was wonderful with a cottage suite. the whole experience was wonderful and quite. the certaintly felt the experience by staying on the estate. chatsworth house is beautiful and the gardens are fantastic. on the way home we called at chatsworth garden centre and bought some beautiful flowers.

1  Thank themcleods
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

We have just returned from our lovely trip to Darbyshire where we spent 4 days exploring the local area. One of the key aims on the trip was to visit Chatsworth House, the backdrop for many of our favourite programs and one of the finest country houses in the world.

While we had big expectations for the day, I have to say that there where a couple of things that ruined our trip.

Firstly, it seams the house was getting ready for a flower festival at the weekend so there where florists everywhere. Worst than that there where boxes of rubbish and general mess from the people making the displays and they hurried and pushed past us as they worked. Why was this not mentioned to us on the way in to give us the option of making a decision on whether we wanted to be around this or not?

I realise that they have to setup but why did they have to do it in the middle of the day when the most people are visiting, we did not get a discount or any benefit from visiting on a thursday instead of the weekend so why is it ok to surround people who are paying full price with this mess.

We visit these houses to experience how people lived in days gone by and to put ourselves into their shoes. It is hard to do this when each room is filled with garish flowers. The worst room of all was the sculpture gallery, a room of quiet reflection the impact whose impact was spoilt by gaudy pink boxes around each of the statues.

I am not going to comment on the flower arrangements themselves as I realise this is personal taste and I am sure they will be received well by visitors who come especially for the display.

My main gripe is with the fact that we where given no warning of the mess and mayhem we would be faced with but rather duped into handing over around £40 without a full understanding of the facts.

2  Thank james1123Uk
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

the house is still lived in so has a friendly atmosphere.
The grounds are beautiful and has the tall fountain as a main feature. just be careful of a windy day as it blows the water spray.
a tour can be taken but you can look around by yourself. you can take photos in doors as well. most places do not allow this.
it has very large car park.
large rucksacks can be placed in safety for collection at end of visit.

Thank margaret876
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