UK breaks: Chatsworth

Eighteenth century glamour with 21st century amenities

UK breaks: Chatsworth Chatsworth House, Derbyshire - © Kathryn Miller
By Kathryn Miller

A sensational triple-decker bacon sarnie on Saturday morning fortified me for a day exploring Derbyshire’s rolling hills.

This is the stunning backdrop to the film ‘The Duchess’. On my 12-mile walk I passed a field of inquisitive alpacas, savoured a pint of Chatsworth Gold and paused in American tourist-filled Bakewell to try the eponymous pudding.

Chatsworth house is a pleasant half-hour romp across pasture: roam the fabulous gardens or have a go at cracking the maze. The treasure-trove of a house is awe-inspiring.

Where to stay & eat

Devonshire Arms
The Devonshire Arms at Beeley is an old coaching inn on the Chatsworth Estate and makes the perfect base for a car-free break. Its snug interior – beamed ceilings, real fires, exposed brickwork – is decorated with vibrantly striped lounge chairs and scrubbed pine tables. Each of the eight bedrooms has been individually decorated and offers such luxuries as fresh coffee, a flatscreen TV, DVDs, an iPod dock and supremely comfy beds.

I returned to The Devonshire with an appetite, and chef Alan Hill’s menu didn’t disappoint: steak pie and posh bangers and mash were tempting but I chose grilled turbot with fresh figs followed by tangy lemon tart.

Devonshire Square, Beeley, Near Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2NR (01629 733259, Full board from £99pp, per night. Main meals at the restaurant start at £12.50.

Getting there

Nearest train station
Chesterfield station is 9.7 miles from Beeley. See for further information.

Further information

Visit for more information about Chatsworth house and things to do in Chatsworth.

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