Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Old Houses

Monday 23 May,

Overcast morning . Up early, ran the engine for hot water and battery charge.  On the road by 0900. Drove to Chatsworth House near Bakewell. Arrived before the house opened so looked around the stables and retail part of the estate before going through the house. Took us about 2 hours. This is not National Trust but is one of the top stately homes to visit. There is not much to see from outside as they are in the middle of an extensive exterior restoration. The interior is extensive with all the rooms well furnished and a great collection of art work. Some rooms are in regular use by the owners, Duke & Duchess of Devonshire. Diana took many photos, a selection of which will be on her new blog site,  https://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/diana.hough/1/1462934244/tpod.html

Tuesday 24 May,

Glorious start to the day without a cloud in the sky although a bit cool. Headed out through the Peak Forest National Park, over the Pennines into South Yorkshire and towards Sheffield. Wentworth house was the destination. This visit has been on Diana's dream list for some time. It is apparently the largest Private house in the UK. Is on the market for the bargain price of 8 million. Restoration costs are anticipated at 44 million so Diana is waiting for Lotto to fall her way. Well they only do pre booked tours. Next one is tomorrow so we will make the journey again. The day was not wasted as the scenery over the Pennines was superb with the numerous drywall stone fences, numerous lakes, rolling countryside and great views from the top. Had a short stop in Sheffield as we had not been there before.

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