One of the most extravagant places to visit in the Peak District is Chatsworth House, hidden in the rolling hills of the Derbyshire Dales. I have visited many times, as I am lucky enough to have it on my doorstep and have always been in awe of the decadence of the maze of rooms within the house and the beautiful surrounding gardens. I have never, however, visited near Christmas time. What a treat it was that I got to today, as it was the winter wonderland from many of my day dreams!
With their Wind in the Willows theme this year, it was purely enchanting to feast my eyes on the abundance of richly decorated Christmas trees and various other trimmings. I can't imagine the fun the staff must have had in embellishing the building.
There are a lot of events to get involved with at Chatsworth this year. As you strolled through the house there were plenty of actors, taking on the roles of the characters from Wind in the Willows, so if you have children I can imagine this would be very entertaining for them. On particular evenings the Nativity is being put on in the farmyard with live animals. Unfortunately, it was not being run today when I visited, but if you check the Chatsworth website then you can find out when these are being held.
Chatsworth is definitely worth a visit as it left me with a magical feeling and wishing that I could too turn my house into a festive grotto. It is £22 entry for adults but totally worth it for immersing yourself in the Christmas spirit.
Sorry that the photos are a little blurry! Rain and low-light is not kind to my camera.
Here is what I was wearing:
Scarf, Bow & Boots: River Island
Tartan Pinafore: Ark Clothing
Handbag: New Look