Chatsworth House is located in the heart of the Peak District. The family home of The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth is not only steeped in wonderful history, for a dog owner it’s simply paradise.
The house itself is, as you would imagine, grand on the grandest of scales. The art collection housed here is simply one of the finest you will see anywhere in Europe.
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The Collection comprises Old Master and British paintings, portrait miniatures, watercolours, architectural drawings, court masque designs by Inigo Jones, prints, sculpture, furniture and woodcarving, ceramics, gold and silver, gems and jewellery, minerals, clocks, scientific instruments and mechanical devices, and photographs. Simply put, if you’re into your art it’s going to take more than just one visit for you get your fill at Chatsworth.
The grounds are world renowned. One of the UK’s most prestigious shooting estates, Chatsworth is literally teeming with wildlife, flora, breath taking scenery and landscaping. The art has even escaped the confines of the great house to adorn the grounds. In a distinctive fusion of art and equestrianism the Devonshires commissioned leading contemporary British artists to produce sculptures for the park which also act as fences for the annual International Horse Trials held on the estate.
The horse trials are just one in a number of events held at Chatsworth each year. The Chatsworth country fair is a truly engaging experience and a great place to take your dog. Held in early September, the country fair at Chatsworth has exhibitions, dog and owner participation events, professional dog competitions including sheep dog trials plus equestrian displays and a mass of trade stands. If you go, make sure you save your pennies as there are so many areas where you’ll be falling over yourself to spend, spend, spend! Another note of caution. If you do decide to hit the Chatsworth country fair with your dog, don’t even think about leaving them in your car whilst you browse the exhibitors stands (as if a K9 Magazine reader would be SO stupid!) – Chatsworth have an absolute zero tolerance policy to dogs being left in cars in the hot weather – quite right! We told you this was a pet friendly place and we really meant it.
The Chatsworth estate farm shop has a enduring reputation for supplying the very best of British produce including cheeses, estate meat and game as well as the Chatsworth range of marmalades, preserves, chutneys, biscuits, tea and coffee. You can even share the Chatsworth expertise as they offer a range of tastings and cookery demonstrations, for all the family.
The 105 acre garden at Chatsworth is delightful in all seasons. More than 450 years of evolution have shaped the garden into a magical and stunning landscape with five miles of walks featuring rare trees, shrubs, formal hedges, temples, sculptures old and new, streams and ponds and an award-winning garden guidebook suggests trails and routes all around the garden while also explaining its history. A fantastic place for a picnic, dog owners will be particularly taken by the lack of ‘keep off the grass’ signs and yes, your dog is VERY welcome to enjoy the gardens with you. As with any public place, dogs on leads is simple common courtesy.
They say every gambler should visit Las Vegas at least once in their lifetime as it’s sights, sounds and atmosphere will never leave you. The problem is when they get there they don’t want to depart and when they do, they crave a return again and again as quickly as possible. For gambler read dog owner and for Vegas read Chatsworth and you’ll probably have the same result.
Pet Friendly Marks Out of 10
Things to do which dogs can be included in 10/10
Things to do which will keep adults entertained 10/10
Things to do which will keep children entertained 10/10
Amenities / Accessibility (people) 10/10
Amenities / Accessibility (pooches) 10/10
Reliance on good weather for full enjoyment 7/10
Total: 76/80 – a people and pets paradise.
Getting to Chatsworth
Chatsworth is 8 miles north of Matlock off the B6012. It is 16 miles from the M1 Junction 29, signposted via Chesterfield (follow brown signs), 42 miles from the M6 Junction 19 and 30 mins from Chesterfield rail station. You can find out more by visiting www.chatsworth.org or calling the 24 hour switchboard on 01246 565300.