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Chatsworth House is in my opinion the most magnificent stately home in the country, in a breathtaking setting overlooking the river Derwent, with magnificent
gardens and water features and a house packed with art and treasures.
Home of the Cavendish family for over 450 years,
Chatsworth is home to the Duke of Devonshire. The original house was a Tudor Manor built by Sir William Cavendish in about 1550, the present Palladian Mansion was built in 1707 by the 4th Earl who became the 1st Duke of Devonshire.
The house contains many magnificent rooms, one of the finest is being the Dining Room in the north wing, its table set as it was for the visit of George V and Queen Mary in 1933.
The extensive gardens originally laid out by Capability Brown were later extensively changed by Sir Joseph Paxton, who constructed the Emperor Fountain, with it's gravity fed jet of water 290 ft high. The Cascade is the finest waterwork in the Garden to have survived from the time of the 1st Duke. Finished in 1696 it was rebuilt only five years later on a grander scale.
Other attractions for visitors include a new restaurant, which I can recommend for good food at reasonable prices in a pleasant setting. Also a gift shop, garden centre, adventure playground, farmyard and farm shop.
Another excellent day out for all the family, Chatsworth is situated on the B6012 turn off from the A6 at Rowsley.