By Kingfisher Visitor Guides
The stunning scenery of the Peak District National Park is breathtakingly beautiful – as are the multitude of historical country homes dotted across the landscape.
Haddon Hall in Bakewell is a castellated medieval manor house built around two courtyards, which has remained unchanged since the reign of Henry VIII. It has some of the finest untouched interiors, including the Long Gallery, Great Hall and Chapel.
Equally impressive is Casterne Hall, a Grade 2 manor house stunningly set in its own grounds near Ashbourne in the Peak District National Park. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful houses in the area and features in Simon Jenkins’ book, ‘England’s Thousand Best Houses’.
Haddon Hall is a castellated medieval manor house built around two courtyards, which has remained unchanged since the reign of Henry VIII
The most famous stately home is Chatsworth House, internationally renowned thanks to its many film and TV appearances, and its wondrous architecture, gardens, art and decor. There are many rooms to explore within the house, including the magnificent Painted Hall, regal state rooms and beautiful Sculpture Gallery. Chatsworth is also home to one of the most important private collections in Britain.
From Elizabethan needlework and Enlightenment scientific instruments, to Old Master drawings and 21st-century art and sculpture, the Devonshire Collection is a record of one family’s eclectic tastes and interests over 400 years. In March 2018, a decade-long £32.7m restoration of the 500-year-old stately home was finally completed, bringing it into the 21st century.