Friday, September 10, 2010


We were fortunate to be able to stay in our motor home on the grounds of Chatsworth, a massive country estate with almost 300 rooms, and once dubbed "The Palace of the Peak". This is the quaint gateway which allows people in wheelchairs to access the property:

The house iteself provided the inspiration for "Pemberley", Mr Darcy's home in Jane Austen's novel, "Pride and Prejudice". It was aslo the home of Georgiana the Fifth Duchess of Devonshire, whose story was told in the film "The Duchess" with Keira Knightley:

 One of the ceilings:

While there, we saw an exhibition to commemorate Deborah the present dowager Duchess. This is a photograph from a fashion shoot, with Deborah and her granddaughter, model Stella Tennant:

The beautiful dining room with rose-coloured glassware:

This sculpture hall was used in the recent film version of "Pride and Prejudice" starring Keira Knightley:

1 comment:

allison tait said...

Swoon. How divine. You can just see Mr Darcy striding those grand halls, can't you? But I've always thought those huge houses would be strange places to actually live. I'd need to cordon off a corner and inhabit that, I think.

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