Chatsworth and a Very Merry Christmas



Over the river and beneath the woods in the rolling hills of Derbyshire countryside is the setting for the beautiful Chatsworth House.  After a very rainy morning, just as we walked over the hill from the nearby Edensor village, the sun came out to reflect on the house, with the cascade waterfall in the gardens to the right.

ChatsworthBehind the house and high up on the hill amongst the trees stands the hunting lodge.  The lodge has now be turned into units available for holiday lets.  What a dream it would be to stay in one.


The moon was out too and in the sky above the stables, which is the home to restaurants and gift shops.


The house has been decorated for Christmas and how!  No ornaments or imagination were spared.  Just beautiful!


This year the theme was Mr. Toad and The Wind in the Willows.  The interiors are stunning on their own, but with the decorations I cannot think of enough adjectives to describe, and pictures cannot convey the magical experience.


Angels watching over the carol singing mice in the chapel.


Stockings hung by the fire in the oak room.


Mr. Toad watching over things from the golden balcony.

Mr. Toad

The Grand Hall in all it’s wonder.

main hall

The library so inviting.


The dining room set for a feast.

dining room

While Mr. Badger snores up in the bed.

snoring badger

Early evening the house glows in the twilight.


And to all a Merry Christmas and a magical night!

night river


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  1. A delightful series of photographs. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas 🙂

  2. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Jane!

  3. Another beautiful post – they are truly ‘magical’ photos – Hope you all had a very Happy/Merry Christmas and a happy healthy new year to all. Thanks again for the wonderful posts !

  4. I KNEW somebody would take me there, eventually! 🙂 Narnia in 2014 was fabulous! Last year I did Castle Howard instead (also beautiful 🙂 ) and I intended to make it for Ratty and Co. but I was at my daughter’s in Nottingham and it just didn’t fit with our plans.

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