Photo Diary: National Showcaves Centre for Wales

The last full day of our time in Wales back in July was spent as the National Showcaves Centre for Wales. Now I'm not going to lie, I have no facts or info to share on this place at all. Before going I checked out the website a little but that was all. It was… Continue reading Photo Diary: National Showcaves Centre for Wales

Chatsworth Garden | Canal Pond, Great Fountain and More

Our last stop of our long, tiring day was the Canal Pond and other features of the South Lawn. We were pretty lucky as we reached this point just before the fountains were shut off for the day. Bearded Boyfriend was beyond tired and I was only surviving off a sugar rush from some party… Continue reading Chatsworth Garden | Canal Pond, Great Fountain and More

Chatsworth Garden | Great Conservatory, Maze & other gems

After we enjoyed the Rock Garden, we started to flag a little and needed a bit of a break but the excitement of a maze had bearded boyfriend more than enthusiastic so we continued on. We got lost numerous times, and with flagging energy I was less than impressed but eventually we made it to… Continue reading Chatsworth Garden | Great Conservatory, Maze & other gems

Chatsworth House | Sculpture Gallery & Great Dining Room

These two spaces were our last stops in the house. The Great Dining Room is a wonderful mix of old and new, this room exuded an opulent history along side modern elements. This room is only used a few times a year for exclusive, formal dinners and the first to be held was for Princess… Continue reading Chatsworth House | Sculpture Gallery & Great Dining Room

Photo Diary: Heights of Abraham, Matlock

We visited the Heights of Abraham in Matlock on the jubilee Thursday, thinking we could have a nice and easy day exploring -foolishly forgetting that the rest of humanity had the day off for the holiday weekend and it was ridiculously busy. A bit of a kid-friendly tourist trap, it was quite busy with so… Continue reading Photo Diary: Heights of Abraham, Matlock

Chatsworth House | Drawing Cabinet & Sketch Galleries

If you haven't caught up on my previous posts of Chatsworth, you can do so here. The next stop as a small, dark space. Created in 2012 with the purpose of using as an exhibition room, it showcases a selection of the 3000 drawings and paintings predominantly collected by the 2nd and 3rd Duke. The… Continue reading Chatsworth House | Drawing Cabinet & Sketch Galleries

Chatsworth House | Great Apartments & State Rooms

The next part of the house that we saw was the Great Apartments and the State Drawing Room. These rooms and the ones which followed were all sealed up and had the curtains drawn so at times it got a bit stuffy for me and I think this is when my energy started to drop… Continue reading Chatsworth House | Great Apartments & State Rooms

Chatsworth House | Guest Bedrooms, the Oak Stairs & Leicester Landing

Having reached the top of the great stairs (with a bit of help and a few stops) and caught our breath, we then made it through he guest bedrooms. This was yet another area of the house that the 6th Duke of Devonshire had pulled through with, converting them into fashionable rooms in 1830 for… Continue reading Chatsworth House | Guest Bedrooms, the Oak Stairs & Leicester Landing

Chatsworth House | The Grotto, Painted Hall & Great Stairs

Having been blown away by the magnificence of the Chapel and Oak room, we then went through a corridor and onto the next areas of the house. The Chapel Corridor we went through is where a collection of the Cavendish's art and historical collection is held. It ranges from Old Master paintings by the likes… Continue reading Chatsworth House | The Grotto, Painted Hall & Great Stairs

Chatsworth House | The Chapel & The Oak Room

After entering the house, one of the first rooms we came to was the Chapel and oh my, it was truly stunning. It was built in the late 1600's, before the 4th Earl was created the 1st Duke of Devonshire and has remained pretty much unaltered ever since. Back then it would've been used for… Continue reading Chatsworth House | The Chapel & The Oak Room