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Chatsworth House & Buxton

September 13, 2020

Photo – Chatsworth House Trust / David Vintiner

Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth House has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. Renowned for the quality of its art, landscape and hospitality, it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations.

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.

During our visit we can explore over 30 rooms including the Painted Hall, State Rooms, Sculpture Gallery and discover its art, history and family. Plus, we will learn how succeeding generations have made their mark on one of Derbyshire’s finest country houses.

Following many requests to visit Chatsworth House it was agreed by those interested that it would be impractable to do the trip in one day and that an overnight stay would be preferred. Chatsworth House lies just a few miles east of the beautiful thermal spa town of Buxton, Derbyshire. Buxton has the highest elevation, at around 1000ft above sea-level, of any market town in England and is described by many as the gateway to the Peak District National Park. Famous for its water it is also home to the Buxton Opera House as well as Poole’s Cavern, a two million year old natural limestone cave.

Our relaxed two day trip starts by leaving Dorking at 9am on Sunday 13th September. From here, taking in a comfort stop en-route we will head straight to our hotel the 4* Lee Wood Hotel in Buxton. Now in its third generation the Lee Wood has been run by the same family for 60 years. With each generation having been sent to study hotel management in Switzerland, we are assured a very pleasant stay. Buxton boasts a wealth of independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. All within walking distance of the hotel, there is plenty to see, do and keep us entertained during our free-time in the town on the Sunday.

If anyone would like to visit one of Buxton’s two performance venues in the evening, the hotel can offer us two dinner sittings, with one being early, making sure you don’t miss the show.

A leisurely start on Monday sees us leaving our hotel at 9.30am. On arrival at Chatsworth House there will be a chance to grab a tea or coffee if we so wish before enjoying a guided tour of the house. Once the tour of the house is complete, we will have the opportunity to explore more of the house at our leisure as well as the gardens and of course pay a visit to the gift shop. With three eateries to choose from, for those that want to grab some lunch, the afternoon will end after a short coach transfer with a stop at the Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop. There will be time to peruse and buy if you wish or take advantage of the café before we head for home.

Allowing for a comfort stop en-route and traffic depending, we anticipate arriving back in Dorking at around 9.30pm.  


Offer Price – £165 per person

on a twin/double room basis
single supplement – £15

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