Saturday, December 10, 2011

Birthday at Chatsworth

On the drive down to Derbyshire, it started snowing.
We stopped for lunch, and this is how much came down by the time we were done eating!
The Carriagehouse at Chatsworth
Chatsworth parking lot, complete with Chatsworth sheep

Even the parking lot is beautiful...

Going into the house

The serpent is the Cavendish family crest

Inside Chatsworth
Love the Christmas decorations!
Chapel ceiling
Lounge--sorry for the poor photo quality, but it was very dark and I tried to use the flash as little as possible

So much amazing artwork
The Painted Hall
The birthday girl at Chatsworth
The Painted Hall
In the library, they had all of the books related to Chatsworth--it looks like Mom's bookshelf! Bess of Hardwick, Counting My Chickens, etc....
The Library
My favorite statue--I just don't get how the veil really looks like sheer's amazing!
The 6th Duke's Dining Room
So stunning! I love all of the silver & the chandelier

In front of the house

The South view of the house
Such a shame about the scaffolding, but it is off-season...
Emperor fountain

The Cascade
Richard & me in front of the Cascade
Tomb (not sure who's in there...)
Sheep in front of the Carriage house

Carriagehouse courtyard
Our lovely hotel room in Buxton--with at least a dozen framed portraits of John Travolta on the walls

Despite the John Travolta decor, it really was nice--lovely bay window & four poster bed!
Snowing in Buxton!

View from the pub
View of the Peak District on our way home

The snow tapered off when we got to lower ground

You can still see the snowy higher ground in the background, though!

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