Christmas At Chatsworth

I love Chatsworth House and have done since I was a teenager. I went to university in Derby and love days out in the Peak District. I found it such an escape from studying and trying to come to terms with being diagnosed with a incurable crohnic illness.

To escape I often drove to the Peak District with the lovely town of Bakewell and the quaint village of Hartington being favourites.

A visit to Bakewell always meant an afternoon at Chatsworth House. A visit was always made at Christmas to view the stunning Christmas decorations.

With life being what it is I hadn’t visited for a number of years. But this year I just wanted to visit and loose myself in the beautiful surroundings.

The house had been beautifully decorated with a Nutcracker theme.

Everywhere you looked there Nutcrackers, all beautifully lined up.

The decorations really were stunning and the rooms had been decorated in a fantastic style.

The decorations were stunning.

The hanging decorations were stunning and I wish I could put some up in my house.

Just like when I was at university I just escaped life when I walked around.

In comparison my attempt as decorating a tree is quite pitiful.

The wreaths on the door also gave me decoration envy!

There were just so many trees and decorations to look at.

The library was decorated beautifully.

Everywhere you looked there was s beautiful decorated tree.

There was even a decoration of the 6th Duchess of Devonshire who caused quite a controversy in the late 1700s.

The whole house was truly stunning and I wished I could spend more time there.

Time to relax and contemplate life. Something that was very needed.

Time to sit back and reflect on this year. A year that features many lies but I was blessed with some pretty good highs to.

Do you take time out to reflect on what you have experienced?

Do you find Christmas brings out emotions you tried so hard to hide?


  1. 18th December 2016 / 10:37 PM

    I went to Nottingham Uni and visited Chatsworth for the first time then and fell in love with it too. Great to see your pictures of the house dressed for Christmas. Thank you for sharing. Angie

  2. 21st December 2016 / 9:38 PM

    I have some many places to visit! I’m going to bookmark this one. Thanks for the tour and yes the decorations look stunning!

  3. 21st December 2016 / 11:26 PM

    Oh wow it looks gorgeous. Those trees are stunning. Yes I always reflect on my life around this time of year x

  4. 29th December 2016 / 8:17 AM

    Wow it looks like a stunning place to visit. I want all those nutcracker soldiers

  5. 29th December 2016 / 12:13 PM

    Doesnt it look just absolutely stunning, I love those ceilings, the detail i quite something x

  6. Cat
    29th December 2016 / 12:42 PM

    Truly stunning. I remember going with you when I was about 13/14 then going to Bakewell on the hunt for Bakewell puddings!

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