Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House is a large country house approx 3½ miles north east of Bakewell in Derbyshire, England, originally built by Bess of Hardwick.

Chatsworth is the seat of the Dukes of Devonshire, whose family name is Cavendish, from Cavendish, Suffolk. William Cavendish was Bess of Hardwick's second husband, the only one by whom she had issue.

Chatsworth stands on the left bank of the River Derwent and looks across the river to the low hills that divide the valleys of the Derwent and the Wye. The Park is expansive, and behind the house, hills fall backwards. Up and above and beyond are rocks and bracken and heather.

The house contains a unique collection of priceless paintings, furniture, European Old Master drawings, neoclassical sculpture and other artefacts. Chatsworth's garden is one of the most famous in England. Chatsworth has been selected as the United Kingdom's favourite country house several times.
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@ 2007-05-10 12:58:28
My mom and I were visiting this house as tourists back in the early 70's when some guy came rushing in the exit and wandering around behind the roped off areas rummaging through drawers of antique desks. We were appalled that he was so blatantly ignoring the "Do Not Touch" signs.

As he sprinted off down a hall my mother asked the security guard why he had not said anything.

"Madam," he replied. "That was the Duke of Devonshire."

It was of course his house.