I was pretty excited to visit this place as it’s toted as the REAL Pemberley from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Chatsworth House is a stately home in Derbyshire. It is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire and has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549.
So what’s it like? I think Austen describes it best:
The eye was instantly caught by Pemberley House, situated on the opposite side of the valley into which the road into some abruptness wound.
It was a large, handsome, stone building standing well on rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high woody hills; and in front, a stream of some natural importance was swelled into greater, but without any artificial appearance. Its banks were neither formal, nor falsely adorned.
The gardens are extensive and have lots of different things to look at including art installations, mazes and full on English forest (they call it a pinetum, which sounds cute).
My favourite was the the Cascades, a set of stone steps over which water flows from a set of fountains at the top. In 2004 apparently it was voted the best water feature in England. It has 24 steps with a variety of textures so that each gives a different sound when water runs down them.
So what’s this about Pride and Prejudice?
Well, they say that Jane Austen based her idea of Darcy’s home Pemberley on Chatsworth House, as she wrote Pride and Prejudice while staying in the nearby town of Bakewell.
If you’re a fan, things you will want to take note of include the grand staircase and ceiling of the Painted Hall where Elizabeth started her tour of Pemberley.
The Sculpture Gallery was used in the scene where Elizabeth sees the bust of Mr Darcy and the beautiful veiled Vestal Virgin sculpture, which is amazing.
Chatsworth still has the bust of Mr Darcy, played by Matthew Macfadyen, which was created as a prop for the film. It can be found in the Orangery shop.
Elizabeth Bennet: And the person with the quizzical brow? Charlotte Lucas: That is his good friend, Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth Bennet: He looks miserable, poor soul. Charlotte Lucas: Miserable he may be, but poor he most certainly is not. Elizabeth Bennet: Tell me. Charlotte Lucas: 10,000 a year and he owns half of Derbyshire. Elizabeth Bennet: The miserable half? #mrdarcy #matthewmacfadyen😄 #prideandprejudice #pemberley #chatsworthhouse #jemmadventures #viajera✌
Before you go, make sure it’s open by looking at the website! It is closed during winter.
If you’re driving, the sat nav address is Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1PN.
The closest train station to Chatsworth is Chesterfield. From Chesterfield you can get the 170 bus to Baslow, and there is a lovely 2km footpath leading to Chatsworth.
You can also take the train to Sheffield then take the 218 bus from the Interchange (across the road) directly to Chatsworth. Buses run approximately every hour.
Complete your experience
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Chatsworth House is listed as one of the estates Elizabeth visits before arriving at Pemberly. And, confusingly, the fictional Pemberly is thought to have been based on the real life Chatsworth.
Pride and Prejudice (2005) used Chatsworth House as the filming location for Pemberly. Also filmed at Chatsworth House was The Duchess (2008) Death Comes to Pemberly (2013) and The Crown (2016).
In honour of Darcy and Lizzie, Fool for You by Kilter