After seeing the interior of Chatsworth, you know we are in for a treat looking at the grounds! There are acres and acres of gardens. So, do you have your walking shoes on? Let's go!
Walking out of the Sculpture Gallery and through the very tempting shop we leave the home to see Flora's Temple.
Flora's Temple was built between 1693 and 1695. It originally stood at the center of Flora's garden, but was moved to the current location in 1750. Jan Nost sculpted Flora. The gardens have changed with each generation.
Walking to the right we see The Case.
The Case was originally called the Conservative Wall. It was designed by Joseph Paxton in 1838. It, of course, holds all the tender plants that cannot stand the cold in Devonshire. The structure is quite large and is about 100 yards long.
Climbing a hill beside The Case we approach the First Duke's Greenhouse. It houses Chatsworth camellia collection. Outside of the greenhouse are the most wonderful peonies in full bloom! These tree peonies were introduced by Duchess Deborah. Aren't they beautiful?
Look at the Kennedy half dollar chair we found at the First Duke's Greenhouse.
Even though not many roses are in bloom yet, the Rose Garden is lovely.
The Rose Garden was created in 1811 by the 6th Duke. Flora used to reside in this garden. In 1939 Duchess Mary, wife of the 10th Duke, remodeled this area and removed the statuary.
Here are a few camellias that are in bloom. Check out the view of Chatsworth!
Let's climb the hill and go to the stable. We need to walk through this woven gate--wattle gate style.
The Stables are now used to house dining establishments and markets. It is quite a large rectangular affair with an open courtyard in the center. Note the clock in the tower. It must be wound every other day.
War Horse is a fairly new piece that was added to The Stables by Deborah, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire. She shared a close friendship with the sculptor Dame Elizabeth Frink. The bronze statue is the first contemporary piece to be added to the ducal collection in over 150 years.
Are you getting hungry? All this touring around the home and the grounds has me starving. We would love it if you join us for lunch. There are many choices for lunch. Let's go into the Cavendish Restaurant. It's so nice to sit down and enjoy a little refreshment. Grayden and I are going to split the Ploughman's Lunch. Have what you'd like. I'll have a lovely pot of tea, please.
Let's gaze on this view and remember it! It's so special here at Chatsworth!
Even bluebells bloom at Chatsworth!!
And of course there are lambs!
Chatsworth gardens are enormous. The window views from England, Day Five gives you an idea of the size. If you want to check out more of their gardens go to chatsworth.org Their website is wonderful!
We wanted to visit one more place on the way back "home", Gawthorpe Hall. This is an Elizabethan country house on the River Calder. It is run by the National Trust. Gawthrope Hall is affectionately known as the Downton of the North. Since Highclere was not allowing visitors during the time we were in England we wanted to visit Gawthrope instead. Gawthrope was redesigned by Sir Charles Barry --who designed the House of Parliament and Highclere Castle.
Driving to Gawthrope was lovely.
Arriving in the car park we noticed there were not many cars. Also not any people as we are used to seeing. So we walked to Gawthrope to take a look.
Now we're beginning to wonder. Where are we going? Continuing on we come upon a lovely estate.
Gawthrope Hall houses a large collection of portraits from the National Portrait Gallery and The Gawthrope Textiles Collection. I was so looking forward to viewing them. Grayden saw some work men over the hill and asked them about us going in for a visit. They informed him that the Hall is now closed for renovations. They were sorry we didn't know and hoped we didn't come too far! The National Trust had not updated this information on their website before we left home. We were disappointed we were unable to see the inside but enjoyed the grounds to ourselves.