Chatsworth House : Michelin's recommendations
The Baroque style is omnipresent in the profusion of colour in the ceiling and walls of the Painted Hall, Great Stairs and drawing rooms painted by Laguerre and Verrio, echoed by the gilded Louis XIV furniture. The walls are hung with a number of Old Masters: a painting by Breugel the Elder in the China Closet, a Tintorreto on the West Stairs landing and a Veronese in a corridor. The Library (28 m long) contains 17 000 books and stretches almost the full length of the east wall; the gilded stucco ceiling by Edward Gouge (Wren's most gifted pupil) frames paintings by Verrio. The Sculpture Gallery was built in the 19C to house an incomparable collection of sculptures, the finest of which are by Canova and Thorvaldsen. Note the painting by Rembrandt, King Uzziah. The genius of Capability Brown made Chatsworth one of the grandest 18C parks. The most majestic feature is the waterfall, designed in 1696 by Grillet, a pupil of Le Nôtre. As the water runs away, it feeds Sea Horse Fountain on the south lawn. The garden as we see it today, however, is mostly the work of Joseph Paxton (1803-1865). To the south are rock gardens dating from 1842 and the 1692 "Willow Fountain". A maze now covers the ground plan of Paxton's Conservatory which was demolished in 1920. He built it eleven years before designing the Crystal Palace.
- Address : B6012 GB - Chatsworth House DE45 1PPDE45 1PPChatsworth House
- Phone : 01246565300
- Website : http://www.chatsworth.org
- Prices : free of charge