As Chatsworth, one of Britain’s most loved Historic Houses, closes its doors for the winter months of January and February, another schedule of work commences. Far from entering a period of hibernation, the house starts its programme of conservation, deep cleaning, repair and restoration, in readiness for the 2019 season. In an exclusive arrangement, guests of the Devonshire Hotels and Restaurants collection staying on the Chatsworth Estate, now have a rare opportunity for a glimpse ‘Behind the Scenes’, with a series of private guided tours taking place this winter.
Each tour will delve into the work taking place at that time, therefore each one will be bespoke, focussing in depth on a key area of the house, and offering the chance to learn more about the particular projects taking place, whether it be restoring gold leaf on a wood carving, or deep cleaning a rare silk tapestry. Craftspeople and specialist professionals will share their expertise, along with their anecdotes, offering guests an insight into the 10 year “Masterplan” for this great house, in which over £32m was invested for future generations.
Devonshire Hotels and Restaurants guests of the exclusive ‘Behind the Scenes’ tours will be the first to hear about exciting new installations and exhibitions, learning about the hugely talented in-house team, recently-restored interiors and works of art being displayed for the first time in over 100 years.
The 90 minute midweek morning tour will host only a small group, up to just 20 guests at a time. These guided tours are exclusively available to guests booking a ‘Behind the Scenes’ two-night stay at The Cavendish at Baslow, or at one of the estate inns – The Devonshire Arms at Beeley or The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley – on selective dates in January and February 2019.
The Cavendish at Baslow
‘Behind the Scenes’ is a two night package at this luxury country house hotel, which has been owned by The Dukes of Devonshire since 1830. Accommodation, dinner on both evenings*, full Derbyshire cooked breakfast, entry to the House Tour (Wednesday or Friday at 11am) and a copy of ‘The Director’s Choice’ book, individually signed by the Duke or Duchess of Devonshire and a 10% discount voucher for The Chatsworth Farm Shop and The Chatsworth Stables Shop is included.
From £299 per person for the two night stay, based upon two sharing a twin or double room, Tuesday – Friday evenings. *Dinner is a £30 allowance and can be taken in either The Gallery Restaurant or The Garden Room.
The Devonshire Arms at Beeley & The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley
An exclusive ‘Behind the Scenes’ stay at either of these two charming historic Inns, located on the Chatsworth Estate, includes two nights’ accommodation, a delicious dinner on one evening and full Derbyshire cooked breakfast each morning, along with entry to the House Tour (Tuesday or Thursday at 11am).
Staying at Beeley, enjoy a three-course dinner from their one AA rosette menu of dishes, and at Pilsley, guests have a £29 per person dining allocation to spend on a choice of classic pub meals and popular dishes.
From £158.50 per person for the two night stay at Pilsley, and from £162.50 per person at Beeley. Prices based upon two sharing a twin or double Classic room, Monday – Thursday evenings.
(For all three properties ‘Behind the Scenes’ is valid from 22 January – 28 February 2019 and subject to availability. Guests are requested to make their own transport arrangements to Chatsworth, and car parking there is included within the package. Other terms and conditions may apply, see website for more info.)
To book one of the exclusive ‘Behind the Scenes’ packages, please call 01756 718111 – places are limited, so early booking is advised.