Discover Hidden Chatsworth
An Exclusive Glimpse Behind the Scenes
As Chatsworth, one of Britain’s most loved historic houses, closes its doors for the winter months, the house enters a period of busy activity. Far from taking a break, there commences a comprehensive 12-week programme of conservation, deep cleaning, repair and restoration, in readiness for another season welcoming guests from all over the world.
In an exclusive arrangement, guests of the Devonshire Hotels and Restaurants collection staying on the Chatsworth Estate, have an extraordinary opportunity to ‘Discover Hidden Chatsworth’, taking a journey behind the scenes of this grand dame of stately homes, and learning the fascinating stories behind this well-loved historic home, and its treasures within.
Private group guided tours take place on selected dates from mid-January to the start of March. Led by one of the specialist house guides, each tour will delve into the work underway at any one time, therefore each will be a unique insight, focusing on a key area of the house. Visitors will gain an insight into specialist restoration projects, such as restoring gold leaf on a wood carving, or deep cleaning a rare silk tapestry.
Guests will be guided through the house, which may include key areas such as the Painted Hall, State Apartments, Sketch Galleries and Guest Bedrooms, sharing their expertise, along with many anecdotes and secrets handed down over the generations. Each route and itinerary will be different depending on the work taking place at the time. There will also be an insight into the history of this great house, its importance as a working estate, its legacy, conservation and stewardship under the expertise of the Chatsworth House Trust. The Trust is focused on restoring and preserving this great House and the Devonshire Collections for the benefit of future generations.
Devonshire Hotels and Restaurants guests may also have the opportunity to meet some of the talented in-house team and view recently-restored interiors and works of art, as well as an insight into future events and installations.
The duration of each tour is between 60 – 90 minutes, and each will host only a small group, between 6 and 20 guests. Tours take place each morning at 11am, with meet up time of 10.45am, and are exclusively available to guests booking a ‘Discover Hidden Chatsworth’ two-night stay at The Cavendish at Baslow, or one of the estate inns – The Devonshire Arms at Beeley, or The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley. Guests staying in one of the self-catering Boltholes on the estate can also join the tour.
Two-night packages at each hotel or inn include three-course dinner on the first evening, full traditional Derbyshire breakfast on both mornings, Chatsworth House tour tickets and complimentary car parking at Chatsworth House for one day. Valid from Sunday 24th January to Thursday 3rd March 2022. Please note that tours take place Monday – Thursday only.
The Cavendish at Baslow
A two-night package at this luxury country house hotel, which has been owned by The Dukes of Devonshire since 1730. Accommodation, three-course dinner on the first evening, full Derbyshire traditional breakfast, entry to the house tour and complimentary car parking at Chatsworth on the day of the Tour.
From £293 per person for a two-night stay, based upon two sharing a twin or double Classic room, available Sunday – Thursday evenings. *Dinner can be taken in either The Gallery Restaurant or The Garden Room.
A two-night stay at either one of these two charming historic inns, located in picturesque Chatsworth Estate villages, includes two nights’ accommodation, three-course dinner on the first evening and full Derbyshire traditional breakfast each morning, entry to the house tour and complimentary car parking at Chatsworth on the day of the tour.
From £195 per person for the two-night stay at Pilsley, and from £212 per person at Beeley. Prices based upon two sharing a double Classic/Petite room, available Sunday – Thursday evenings.
(Guests are requested to make their own transport arrangements to Chatsworth, and car parking there is included. The tours are suitable for wheelchair users although prior notification is required. Other terms and conditions may apply, see website for more info.)
To book please call 01756 718 111 or visit https://devonshirehotels.co.uk/offer/discover-hidden-chatsworth/