Chatsworth …This way please
The holiday season has begun and depending upon just were in the UK you live, school is out and you are either on holiday or about to begin.
So it is not surprising that Chatsworth House and Gardens were, to say the least, busy. Nice to see so many overseas family visitors all obviously enjoy themselves and making the most of our brief hot spot of summer weather.
So hot that it was of little surprise that one guaranteed location within the grounds was the Emperor Fountain…
The Emperor Fountain and its plume of spray was welcome relief on such a hot day.
The Emperor is gravity feed from lakes high on the hills above Chatsworth and stands at one end of the Canal Pond giving grand views back to the South Front of the House…
The grounds alone are a big attraction for many visitors and with the variety of styles it is not surprising. Historically there are influences of the two most famous of British Landscapers…Capability Brown and Paxton. Despite the rich heritage, the Cavendish Family have over the generations added and adapted some areas in their own styles….the gardens now often being used for Outdoor Sculpture Exhibitions.
Hidden away in one corner of the Arboretum is this tribute to past and present members of the Cavendish family together with Royal visitors, Politicians and other Notable Visitors..
And a word of warning for those of us wishing to move onto or up the property ladder….your responsibility doesn’t end when you acquire a property…it is only just the beginning….and with a Historic building such as Chatsworth that responsibility carries a high cost as can be witnessed here (restorations is needed but I do feel more than a trifle disappointed for those who have never viewed the House before, maybe travelled from far away, when so much is hidden behind canvas and scaffolding )…
But from a distance, with the Emperor before you, majestic Chatsworth still looks Spectacular
(C) David Oakes 2016