When Hallmark Hotel Derby’s General Manager, David Croasdale visited Chatsworth House recently, he couldn’t to wait to tell us all about it. Read on to discover why you should consider a festive short break to Chatsworth this Christmas…
It was one of those rare occasions with both the children at school and me and my wife off work, so we decided on a day out at Chatsworth House.
It’s a 40 minute drive from home, so we set off after dropping the children at school. The journey seemed to slip by in no time as the route is so beautiful. We’ve lived in the Peak District for almost 20 years, but yet its majesty and rugged beauty still gets me.
We arrived and parked up, our cunning plan was to visit the gardens first, then lunch and finally Chatsworth House as the weather looked better in the morning and if we got cold in the gardens we’d soon warm up over lunch.
The gardens are amazing and with over 100 acres there is certainly plenty to see. We first headed to the Cascade, this is over 300 years old and still looks stunning, and we also visited the Trough Waterfall in the rockery section. We walked around for a while and whilst the gardens have lots of other people in, the overwhelming sense is of peace and relaxation. You could so easily picture yourself in a bygone age.
After the gardens it was lunch time, so we headed up to the courtyard and ate off a fixed price menu (£18.00 for two courses.) Lovely food, well served and a definite winter flavour, I had a lovely
Beef bourguignon and my wife had a very tasty camembert tart. We also enjoyed a glass of wine and some fizzy water for less than £50.00. Not cheap but we were childless so you have to make the most of it!
Feeling very satisfied, it was off to see the House, the top floor was closed and will be till next year for annual conservation, but the ground floor was spectacular. They have a The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe theme this Christmas. The Christmas decorations look fabulous, so grand and yet so very tasteful and well thought out. They really do give the House an extra dimension at this time of year. I can image as the light fades outside they would look even more magical.
The gardens, lunch and the house took us just under 5 hours; we could have easily stayed longer and lingered a little more in Chatsworth House but duty calls with the children to pick-up. All in all, a wonderful day and great for getting you into the Christmas spirit.
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