Chatsworth House

The home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The original house was built by Sir William Cavendish and his third wife Bess of Hardwick in the mid-16th Century. The house has since been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family.

As soon as you step foot in this great house the first thing that hits you is quality, the furnishings, the art work is quite remarkable and has evolved through the centuries to reflect tastes and passions and the interests of succeeding generations. The ceiling artwork is quite staggering. Today Chatsworth contains works of art that span 4000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to work by outstanding modern artists, including Lucian Freud, Edmund de Waal and David Nash. I could have spent a good hour in the Painted Hall alone, the artwork, the quality of the plaster work, the colours, just take your breath away. There are over 30 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, restored Sketch Galleries and the Sculpture Gallery.

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Chatsworth House