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Secrets and Surprises at Chatsworth

We are pleased to launch an unmissable opportunity to explore Chatsworth while it is closed to the general public. 

As Chatsworth, one of Britain’s most loved historic houses, closes its doors for the winter months of January and February, the house enters another period of busy activity. Far from a holiday, there now starts a well-planned, 12-week programme of conservation, deep cleaning, repair and restoration, in readiness for another busy season.

In an exclusive arrangement, guests of the Devonshire Hotels and Restaurants collection staying on the Chatsworth Estate, now have a limited availability opportunity to go behind the scenes of this great house and learn more of its ‘Secrets & Stories’, with a series of private guided tours taking place this winter.

Led by specialist guide, Shenagh Firth, each tour will delve into the work taking place at that time, therefore each one will be unique, focussing on a key area of the house in depth, and offering the chance to learn more about the particular projects taking place, such as restoring gold leaf on a wood carving, or deep cleaning a rare silk tapestry.

Shenagh and her team will guide guests through the house, including popular areas such as the Painted Hall, State Apartments, Sculpture Gallery and the Sketch Galleries, sharing their expertise, along with many anecdotes, secrets and tips. There will also be an insight into the 10 year “Masterplan” for this great house, in which over £32m has been invested for future generations.

Devonshire Hotels and Restaurants guests will gain insight in to the estate, its legacy and stewardship, be updated about new installations and exhibitions, and learn about the hugely talented in-house team, recently-restored interiors and works of art.

The duration of each tour is between 60 - 90 minutes, and each will host only a small group, of no more than 20 guests. These guided tours are exclusively available to guests booking a ‘Secrets and Surprises’ two-night stay at The Cavendish at Baslow, or at one of the estate inns - The Devonshire Arms at Beeley or The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley.

The package is available between 20th January and 28th February, 2020. Packages are valid for Sunday - Thursday evenings only. Tours take place each morning, 11am, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Extra dates now available: Monday 2nd March, Tuesday 3rd March, Monday 9th March, Tuesday 10th March, Wednesday 11th March and Thursday 12th March.

The Cavendish at Baslow

A two-night package at this luxury country house hotel, which has been owned by The Dukes of Devonshire since 1730. Accommodation, dinner on both evenings*, full Derbyshire cooked breakfast, entry to the house tour.

From £249.50 per person for the two-night stay, based upon two sharing a twin or double room, Sunday – Thursday evenings. *Dinner is £30 per person per nightallowance and can be taken in either The Gallery Restaurant or The Garden Room.

The Devonshire Arms at Beeley & The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley

A two-night or one-night stay at either one of these two charming historic inns, located on the Chatsworth Estate, includes accommodation, a delicious dinner* and full Derbyshire cooked breakfast each morning, along with entry to the house tour (*£32.50 per person allocation at Beeley and £29.00 per person allocation at Pilsley).

From £117.50 per person for the one-night stay, at Pilsley.  Prices based upon two sharing a Double Classic/Petite Room, Monday – Thursday evenings.

(Guests are requested to make their own transport arrangements to Chatsworth, and car parking there is included within each of ‘Secrets and Stories’ packages.)

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