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Known as the Palace of the Peaks, Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and has passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. Evolving over the centuries, Chatsworth is home to works of art that span 4,000 years and there are over 30 rooms to explore. Our tour will begin before the house opens to the public offering the chance to see the house in private and, subject to availability, will includes parts of the house not on the general tour.
We depart the interchange and travel to Thoresby Hall in north Nottinghamshire where we check and enjoy a welcome drinks reception. (D)
Day Two to Four
Over the three days we spend at the heart of Sherwood Forest we will enjoy two great excursions. One goes to beautiful Chatsworth House on the River Derwent in the heart of the Lake District. Here you’ll be able to enjoy great views over the surrounding countryside as well as thousands of years’ worth of art and artifacts dating back to ancient Rome and Egypt. Our other excursion goes to the Peak District, where you will be able to see some of the greatest views England has to offer. We will call at the town of Buxton, gateway to the Peak District and pretty Bakewell, best known for its famous tart and beautifully located on the banks of the River Wye. The other day is free to spend at leisure in and around Thoresby Hall. The hall is one of four that make up The Dukeries that this area takes its name from. All four estates make great places to walk around, and are all in quite close proximity to Thoresby estate. Alternatively explore Sherwood Forest and the Major Oak, rumoured hiding place of Robin Hood, just outside nearby Edwinstowe. (B,D)
After breakfast we depart and travel home via the interchange. (B)
Thoresby Hall Hotel
Thoresby Hall is an imposing Victorian Grade I listed mansion close to Sherwood Forest. Its architectural magnificence is simply breathtaking and its grounds are a delight to behold.
Full Day: Chatsworth House
Excursion to splendid Chatsworth House where we enjoy a fully guided tour of the house. Arriving before the house opens to visitors, this special tour will bring Chatsworth to life as we take in the magnficient house and some of the masterpieces from the Devonshire Collection. After the tour have some free time to discover the stunning grounds and gardens as well as an included lunch in the Carriage House Restaurant before we depart.
Full Day: Peak District
We travel to the glorious Peak District, calling first at the historic town of Buxton, an ancient spa town and more recently the gateway to the Peak District. Enjoy beautiful Buxton while you are here and take in the elegance of the Edwardian Opera House and the pretty Pavilion Gardens. We then continue to Bakewell, famous for Bakewell Tarts and Bakewell Puddings. The town is constructed in a typical Peak District stone style and perhaps one of the best things to do here is enjoy the quaint charm and beautiful views that the town offers.