Happy Friday all!
Today’s Fantasy brings us across the pond to Derbyshire to see Chatsworth. If you have any Landscape Architecture training you’ll be very familiar with Chatsworth because of its extensive and picturesque grounds. Just look at all this beauty.
Still if landscape architecture isn’t your thing you might recognize this as the home of Mr. Darcy in the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice staring Keira Knightley (though Mr. Darcy called his magnificent estate Pemberly).
Chatsworth is the home to and seat of the Duke of Devonshire and the Cavendish family. Chatsworth has ties to all the way back to Bess of Hardwick in 1549 when good old Bess had a Tudor Mansion there, but the current iteration of Chatsworth dates from 1687-1707, with many changes and additions along they way.
For more information you can check out Chatsworth’s website, but I’d also recommend this wikipedia entry for all the meaty information (usual wiki-caveats apply, of course). But most of all, I’d recommend you book your plane tickets now and experience this grandeur in person, as even the Newport Mansions don’t quite measure up to some of the UK’s great estates (but they’re pretty darn spiffy, and you should definitely visit Newport!).
Have a great weekend!
Friday Fantasies skip across the pond
June 17, 2011 by henriettahobsonrichardson