Chatsworth House, Garden, Farmyard, Shops and Restaurants are open until 4 January 2015, and closed on 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January 2015.
Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The house has over 30 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, newly restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery. Chatsworth has one of Europe’s most significant art collections and the Devonshire Collection encompasses Old Masters, contemporary ceramics, artefacts from Ancient Egypt, modern sculpture and computer portraits to name but a few.
In the 105 acre garden, 17th century formal waterworks and sculptures can be seen alongside Capability Brown’s lawns and Joseph Paxton’s rockeries, fountains and greenhouses and more than 5 miles of walks. Families enjoy the farmyard and the woodland adventure playground which thrills and delights children of all ages.
The 1,000 acre park and the Farm Shop and restaurant are open all year around.
During 2014, Chatsworth has the following exhibitions taking place which are free with admission:
16 March – 29 June: Michael Craig-Martin at Chatsworth
A major display of contemporary sculpture in the garden with new works made specifically for this exhibition. In the house, Michael Craig-Martin brings his own approach to highlighting sculpture from the Devonshire collection, and selects visually arresting portraits for the Old Master Drawing Cabinet.
1 July – 7 November: Old Master Drawings Cabinet – Conflict in Art
A selection of Old Master Drawings from the Devonshire collection to complement the ‘Chatsworth in Wartime’ exhibition.
4 April – 23 December: Chatsworth in wartime
An exhibition to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War.
8 September – 26 October: Sotheby’s Beyond Limits
Contemporary sculpture exhibition in the garden.
8th November to 4th January 2015 (closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January):
Chatsworth’s renowned Christmas decorations are on display in the grand rooms on the two lower floors of the house. This year’s theme will be ‘Alice’s Wonderland’. There are also be inspirational gift ideas and Christmas markets during this time. For more information visit their website.
Chatsworth is a 10-15 minute drive away from Baslow Hall or some residents may prefer to walk via Baslow Village and through the beautiful estate. Take advantage of one of our dinner, bed & breakfast rates throughout the year and visit this stunning House and Gardens.
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Baslow is a pretty village on the edge of the Chatsworth Estate just 4 miles from Bakewell. We have a wonderful array of shops, pubs and restaurants on our door-step! Complete your visit to Fischer’s with a wander around Baslow and take a souvenir home. You may fancy walking to Chatsworth House from Baslow Hall – ask our Reception staff for more details or see below for a walk to Chatsworth, Edensor and Pilsley.
Rowley’s Restaurant and Bar
Our sister restaurant has contemporary decor in an old village pub offering good cooking using fresh, local ingredients. Ideal for a light lunch or informal dinner. Call in for a glass of wine or a hand crafted beer from one of our selected local breweries. Open daily from 10 am serving fresh coffee (also available as takeaway). A warm welcome awaits…..
01246 583880 or view the website.
Avant Garde is popular for numerous unusual gifts including mirrors, clocks, French furniture, soft furnishings and jewellery. The shop is open 7 days a week.
01246 583888 or view the website.
Five Little Ducks
Our local post office in the village. There are a wonderful selection of greeting cards and children’s toys for sale.
01246 583441 or view the website.
Church Farm Art Gallery
Church Farm Art Gallery hosts a unique collection of work by many talented professional and amateur artists. Much of the work in this tiny gallery is of Derbyshire landscapes and local views, but you can also find humorous animals, flowers and even seascapes on the walls.
01246 582334 or view the website.
This lovely shop offers vintage and antique furniture and accessories, including reupholstered antique chairs and sofas.
07802494814 or view the website.
White Pedals and Lace
Mother and daughter team, Carole and Laura offer quality floral designs for every occasion. Their country flower shop also sells a range of handmade gifts, candles and pottery.
01246 582098 or visit their website.
Elliott’s & White’s Sweet Shop
Located near the main car park in the village, why not call in for a treat whilst on route around the village.
Popular with the Ladies!! Collections include Marccain, Basler, Joseph Ribkoff, Oska, Michele, La Perla Parfum, Isabel de Pedro and Crea Concept.
01246 582500 or view the website.
This working pottery provides a distinctive showcase of Ray Gridley’s pots and a gallery with work of other local artists. Original oil and watercolour paintings, jewellery, ceramics, turned wood, prints and hand made cards are displayed both to view and to buy.
We also display several pots in the grounds of Baslow Hall available for sale.
01246 583838 or view the website.
Darling Buds Florist
Pop in and have a bouquet that is truly unique and personal to you made up while you wait to take home with you, or order an arrangement in advance for your bedroom.
01246 583999 or view the website.
The Stage Hair Salon
Arrange to have your hair cut and styled to complete your outfit.
01246 583322 or view the website.
Tony Hall specialises in wedding and civil partnership photography. Truly captivating photography – see his website for examples of his work.
01298 872844 or view the website.
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Be the first to see the film! Watch the GET HERE film with vocals by Chelsea Redfern. Music under license from Warner / Chapel. Just click on the play button in the centre of the picture below.
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The Monsal Trail follows the path of the former Midland Railway from Blackwell Mill cottages to Coombs Viaduct, about 1km past the former Bakewell station – a distance of about 20km. For the most part the trail follows the path of the River Wye, which means it offers some spectacular scenery.
The Peak District National Park have recently spent £2.5m on re-opening the tunnels so it is possible to walk, cycle or horse-ride right the way along the trail.
Bakewell, Hassop and Monsal Head are the nearest stations from Baslow Hall. See the Monsal Trail Leaflet for more information.
Monsal Trail Cycle Hire is available at Hassop Station Cafe, Bookshop and Cycle Hire. Enjoy the traffic free Monsal Trail with their range of bicycles. We recommend this as a great day out in the beautiful Peak District! For those feeling less active, why not relax in the cafe or browse the book shop and gift area. For more information, please call 01629 810 588 or visit their website.
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Fischer’s is located on the edge of the picturesque village of Baslow. Chatsworth Estate is within walking distance and the old market town of Bakewell only four miles away. Baslow is the perfect location to discover the beauty of the Peak District.
There are several market towns and villages locally, with cobbled courtyards with quirky independent shops and specialist antique dealers, which make great places to explore whilst staying at Baslow Hall:
Ashbourne lies at the southern edge of the Peak District bordering the National Park. The historic buildings and main street give many visitors the opportunity to enjoy a scene which has remained largely unchanged in appearance since the 18th century.
The town has an excellent range of shops – you’ll find everything from independent ladies’ boutiques and fine antique shops to speciality food stores, galleries, bistros, gift shops and much more – the cobbled market place, hidden alleys and yards are a particular delight to explore.
Ashbourne’s market takes place every Thursday and Saturday throughout the year, continuing a tradition that dates back to 1257, when Ashbourne was granted a charter to have stalls in the market place.
Close by is Dovedale one of the Peak District’s most beautiful dales and the village of Ilam has dramatic scenery not to be missed. The renowned excellent traffic-free cycle routes such as the Tissington Trail, which follow the routes of former railway lines are also worth a visit.
The attractive courtyards, independent shops, cafés and its location on the River Wye make it a hugely popular destination for tourists to the Peak District.
Bakewell is the only market town within the Peak District National Park boundary. The weekly market takes place every Monday. Market day is always a bustling time, when the large rural population around Bakewell comes into town to do their shopping. Bakewell also has a Farmers’ Market on the last Saturday of the month as well as a Farmers’ Market Shop open every day for fresh local produce.
You may be familiar with the nationally known dessert, Bakewell Tart, which is named after the original local delicacy, Bakewell Pudding. Discover the history of this famous sweet at one of the three pudding shops within the town.
Buxton’s magnificent architecture allows visitors to stroll through different periods and there are many splendid examples of Georgian and Victorian buildings.
Buxton has a wealth of history alongside a more cultured world of music and literary festivals and the much loved ‘theatre in the hills’, Buxton’s famous Opera House. The Opera House plays an important part in the town’s activities – beyond its varied programme of events in the theatre there are many festivals throughout the year, covering opera, literature, puppets, rock, pop and Gilbert & Sullivan. The Festival Fringe in Buxton is the largest in England and many other venues join in during the festivals adding to the lively, fun-filled atmosphere.
The well-known Buxton Mineral Water is bottled here and is available nationwide, but visitors to Buxton can fill their own bottles from the permanent flow at St Anne’s Well in front of the Crescent. The Pavilion Gardens is worth a visit with 23 acres of gardens and serpentine walkways as well as outdoor and indoor promenades.
One of the town’s most spectacular buildings is The Dome, formerly a hospital and now the University of Derby’s Devonshire campus – amazingly, this vast space was built to house the Duke of Devonshire’s horses. The slate dome is the largest unsupported dome in the UK, with a diameter of 174ft.
Dominated by the ruins of Peveril Castle, the village of Castleton lies at the western end of the Hope Valley and has long been a popular destination for tourists.
To the west of Castleton lies Mam Tor which overlooks the two valleys of Hope and Edale and gives stunning views, Mam Tor Ridge is a popular local walk. Castleton is now famed for its four show caves, once all lead mines, each offering a different experience to the visitor, although the only cave in the village itself is Peak Cavern, home of rope makers through the centuries and where rope is still made during the cavern tour today.
The entrance to Peak Cavern is the largest in Europe at 40ft high and 100ft wide. Speedwell Cavern offers a boat ride underground through half a mile of passages to the end, with views down the ‘Bottomless Pit’. Treak Cliff Cavern has two distinctly different series of caves. The first half is full of minerals and fossils and the second resembles a fairytale world of stalactites and stalagmites. Blue John Mine, opposite Mam Tor, is the deepest of the caves and contains Blue John stone, but its real beauty is in the vastness of the cave system.
Eyam is perhaps best known for its connection with the Plague, a major outbreak of which occurred in the village during 1665, reputedly brought in from London on a delivery of cloth destined for George Viccars, the local tailor. Soon after the cloth arrived, the family developed symptoms of the plague and died, as did the occupants of neighbouring cottages. Plaques bearing the family details can be seen on the ‘plague cottages’ next to the church.
The local vicar, William Mompesson and Thomas Stanley organised the quarantine of Eyam to prevent the plague spreading, although this wasn’t as restrictive as it may seem to us today, as the population wouldn’t generally have travelled too far beyond the village. Surrounding villages and local gentry helped by leaving food and medical supplies at the edges of the village. These places are marked by boundary stones, still to be seen, and are often found with a hollow in the top where coins were left in vinegar to kill any germs.
To restrict further contamination, William Mompesson also stopped holding services inside the church and instead preached outdoors at Cucklet Delf, a small valley nearby. An annual commemoration service is held there every year during Eyam Carnival and Well Dressing Week at the end of August. Similarly, the dead were not buried in the churchyard but were interred in surrounding fields.
Many of these graves still exist, the nearest to the village being the Lydgate Graves. The most impressive are known as the Riley Graves, where Mrs Hancock buried her husband and six children, all within eight days. A map of the village, available from the church, shows these sites and many more.
Over a period of fourteen months, the plague killed more than two thirds of the village’s population and stories can be seen on the information boards in the church, while the full story can be found in Eyam Museum.
In the centre of the village is the charming 17th century Manor House, Eyam Hall, which was built just after the plague. Owned by the Wright family for more than 300 years, the entrance is through a stone flagged hall, and the tour contains a unique tapestry room, the bedroom with the magnificent tester bed and the nursery with toys from the 1860s to the present day.
The church of St Lawrence dates back to Saxon times and has a font of Saxon origins and Norman pillars, which are thought to rest on Saxon foundations. The nave of the church is of medieval design and dates back to around 1350, although the tower is relatively ‘modern’ being built as late as the seventeenth century!
Hathersage was initially an argricultral village. In 1750 a wire making mill opened with other mills open shortly after. The village became famous for the manufacture of wire, needles and pins. These industries closed in the 1900′s and the buildings today have different uses.
Today, Hathersage is popular with both walkers and rock-climbers. To the east the village is overlooked by moorland and a line of gritstone edges, of which Stanage Edge is the largest. There are also spectacular tors, such as Higgar Tor and the amazing hillfort at Carl Wark.
Don’t miss a visit to David Mellor Cutlery Factory and view the full range of David Mellor cutlery, Design Museum, cafe and country shop. For more information please visit their website. There are many other interesting attractions in the village including Hathersage Outdoor Swimming Pool, St. Michael’s Church and Hope Valley Ice Cream.
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