Karin is an award-winning writer, editor and publisher to Christian and Secular works.
The Pride and Prejudice Chatsworth House
As she continues to play host to royalty, nobility, filmmakers, and visitors, Chatsworth House continues to work her magic on us all! It is number one on my 'must see' list. It is one of those very rare places that you will want to visit again and again.
I first wanted to visit Chatsworth when I saw it on Pride and Prejudice (the BBC drama version with Mr. Firth, of course)! I remember at the time saying to myself, 'I would love to see that place if it's real!' Indeed it was so vast looking I thought it had to have been computer-enhanced!
It wasn't until ten years later on a visit to Sheffield that I drove the short drive down with my daughters to visit it for the first time. Avoiding 'free range' sheep was daunting but as we turned the final corner and caught a glimpse for the first time, our breath was literally taken away! It suffices to say, at that point, we all felt a bit like Elizabeth Bennett did on first seeing 'Pemberley' for the first time. It is like sitting in a painting.
From the amazing landscape to the beautifully manicured gardens and walks, the lake, and the wonderful maze not to mention the fabulous award-winning restaurants already Chatsworth is above and beyond any other Historic House in England I believe. Inside the house is equally ornate in a very different way and reaches out beyond time to bring you into a past era of opulence and grandeur unequaled. It definitely not only lives up to the hype but surpasses it and you will be awestruck at the amazing Sculpture Room that possesses the mysterious 'Veiled Lady' that is the very best of craftsmanship.
As you enter the house for the first time, I believe at this point you are carried away in a time capsule in your mind you can 'see' the horse-drawn carriages pull up to the front.
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Tour of Chatsworth
Visitor Tips and Guidelines
It is unlikely that you will see everything in one day at Chatsworth so here are some suggestions:
- Purchase an AA road atlas, it gives detailed info on all routes to and from, it's big, easy to read, and easy to pack in the car.
- Visit the Official Chatsworth House website which is really informative and up-to-date.
- There are special rates for OAPs, children, and groups.
- It is imperative that you plan your journey in advance. I recommend that you book tickets to the House, Farmyard, and Adventure Playground online. There are plenty of combination tours/teas etc. online.
- Book your parking space for free, only available to book online at the official website.
- Sheffield is a great base and only a short drive to Chatsworth. Search laterooms.com for some great deals.
- Arrive early in the morning as you will have more time to park near the house as it can be quite a walk.
- Do try the amazing food that Chatsworth has to offer. There are three restaurants and a café and the food is excellent! You will not be disappointed with the portions either!
- Always pack your own water in a cooler in the summer, this will save you money and keep you hydrated.
- Be sure to try the ice cream when you come out after your tour!
- Check for COVID-19 changes!
- Events: During the year there are events on and there is something for everyone not least Christmas which is BIG at Chatsworth. When most Stately Homes close up for the winter, Chatsworth opens her doors…weddings and other functions can also be booked!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Karin McBride-Chenoweth