Christmas at Chatsworth

Christmas at Chatsworth

“Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveller back to his own fireside and quiet home!” Charles Dickens
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*I feel I should tell you now, this post has a LOT of pictures in it! I promise I have only left my favourite pictures in and I did in fact cut out about 100 images so believe me it could have been a whole lot worse.

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Christmas at Chatsworth is my favourite Christmas tradition now although still a new tradition, I have been the last four years and plan on going every year its on. Every year on the run up to Christmas this already beautiful house, it’s my favourite house in the UK changes into a winter wonderland always with a beautiful theme. This year it is fairy tales and who doesn’t love a good fairy tale. OK so I am slightly biased being a hopeless romantic and knowing that Pride and Prejudice was filmed here

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“In a faraway land, long ago, there lived a King and his fair Queen. Many years they had longed for a child, and finally, their wish was granted. A daughter was born, and they called her Aurora. Yes, they named her after the dawn, for she filled their lives with sunshine. Then a great holiday was proclaimed throughout the land so that all of high or low estate could pay homage to the infant Princess. And our story begins on that most joyful day…”

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So I adore Chatsworth House and go as often as possible, I especially love it at Christmas time, however this year I was really disappointed. In a house that is bigger than some castles and with the fairy tale theme you would think it would be magical, sadly it wasn’t. Half the time I couldn’t figure out which fairy tale I was, one of the rooms was Mary Poppins, is that even a fairy tale. And in areas they didn’t know what to do with, they just hung black fabric and fairy lights, it didn’t look great. But the house is still a stunning property with beautiful pieces of art and gardens to get lost in for hours.

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It took getting to the third room until I was in a fairy tale I recognised and by far the best room, Cinderella’s carriage in all its floral beauty was the centrepiece. This happens to be my favourite room at Chatsworth, in general, the art is incredible.

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“If you don’t like Cinderella because she seems so “naive” and “weak,” listen to this quote from the Walt himself: “She believed in dreams, all right, but she also believed in doing something about them. When Prince Charming didn’t come along, she went over to the palace and got him.”
― Walt Disney

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“A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep. In dreams you will lose your heartaches. Whatever you wish for, you keep. Have faith in your dreams, and someday, your rainbow will come smiling through. No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.” Cinderella, singing

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“They could see she was a real Princess and no question about it, now that she had felt one pea all the way through twenty mattresses and twenty more feather beds. Nobody but a Princess could be so delicate.”
― Hans Christian Andersen

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A veiled Vestal Virgin, by the Italian Sculptor Raffaele Monti, is one of the most popular pieces of art at Chatsworth. Although it appears to be one piece of seamless marble, the Virgin is actually made up of four pieces fixed together. There are no other tricks here, everything else, including the magnificent veil, comes from the artist’s skill and technique.

The velled virgin sculpture is in the Pride and Prejudice movie too, I have watched that film far too many times!

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Sorry for the blurry picture but probably best it is! What was I thinking when I put this outfit together I look like a traffic light! and not in a cool way! No regrets though!

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The 1st Duke of Devonshire built the Painted Hall between 1689 and 1694, the only original feature is the painted decoration on the walls and ceiling. Whilst still Earl of
Devonshire he chose to flatter the monarch by decorating the hall with scenes from the life of Julius Caesar, he was elevated to Duke in the year the room was completed.

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So this room was meant to be The Wizard of Oz and the way you could have possibly known it was because of the music playing, this year really was disappointing. However, I was highly entertained by the two young women who were doing a full-on Instagram photo shoot, its all for the gram. As soon as they thought no one was watching they whipped their coats off to reveal full on ballgowns! I freaking loved it! Either it was for the gram or it was an extreme case of catfishing like here I am just chilling in my massive house.

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Pretty sure this fireplace is bigger than my house!

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I mean seriously, does the top picture shout Wizard of Oz to you?!

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The princess shall indeed grow in grace and beauty, beloved by all who know her. But, before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday, she shall prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die.” Maleficent

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“You love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream.” — Princess Aurora

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In life, I am a massive fan of looking up after all that is where the stars live! We miss so much because we are too busy walking along looking at our phones that we forget about all the beauty in the world. I am forever looking up, about 8 years ago I was walking through Manchester and just happened to look up at the most beautiful building which at ground level was just shops from that moment on I always remembered to look up.

I mean just imagine if no one ever looked up in the Sistine Chapel!

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Is James and the giant peach a fairy tale? I mean really? Regardless seeing a giant peach hanging the ceiling is still rather impressive.

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This room does look beautiful from all angles!

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The 17,000 books in these rooms form part of one of the most significant private book collections in Britain. The 6th Duke converted the room from a picture gallery and was responsible for the most active period of growth for the library. He merged at least four separate book collections and added his own purchases including medieval illuminated manuscripts. The 6th Duke commissioned the carpet from entrepreneur Thomas Whitty around 1830. Whitty was the first to produce Axminster Carpets. He wrote to the Duke
about his new style – a British carpet to rival the French Savonnerie carpet – the best of the time. The design mirrors the roundels in the ceiling, made for the 1st Duke.

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“From the very beginning— from the first moment, I may almost say— of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

By far my favourite quote in the book!

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“What are men to rocks and mountains?”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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“A girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then. It is something to think of”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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Really have no idea what I was thinking when I put this outfit together but I am sticking with my choice.

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The golden hour….

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As the sun started to set we headed to the courtyard for the Chatsworth Christmas markets, be warned if you are just visiting the markets they charge £20 car parking. If you have a ticket to the house you don’t have to pay. The market is nice but its setting doesn’t justify the fee and I would suggest visiting another market. Yet the markets were packed and I found it really uncomfortable, you had to fight to get to any stalls and if I am honest it just wasn’t worth it.

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