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Hi Everyone. Just thought i would share some pics with you all from my weekend away at the last bank holiday. We went to Matlock Bath in Derbyshire and visited Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House for the first time. Both places and Matlock itself are lovely and very pretty. I would recommend to you all. Apologies for the number of photos but it was hard to leave things out!
Hope you enjoy x

These are taken at Haddon Hall which is only a few miles from Chatsworth. The hall is lovely and has a very intimate, timeless feel about it. The rooms are flooded with light and you can almost imagine the previous inhabitants going about their daily business. This is not a home on a grand scale like Charsworth and i think thats why i liked the ‘feel’ of it so much. And the gardens are a lovely managable size.

A view of the Hall

The terraced garden. Much work is currenlty being done so unfortunateley there wasnt a lot of planted garden to see. But there are plans of what is intended to read and once completed i’m sure it would be worth a trip back.

A spectacular view of the surrounding countryside taken from the terrace.

And another…..

View of the house.

And now Chatsworth. This is the Grotto Pond.

The Grotto.

One of the sculptures found in the park. I think its a hare!

The start of the ‘100 steps’.

The bottom of the 100 steps, overlooking the maze.

And looking back up the 100 steps. We opted to come down them, i think going up wouldnt have been as enjoyable!

The tulip display.

The rock garden and viewpoint.


Hubby, ‘so i think we should be about here……….!’

At the top of the cascade, looking back towards the house and the view beyond.


The sensory garden.

Chatsworth House.

So these are just a few of the photos i took. Hope you enjoyed looking at them as much as i enjoyed taking them.

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Wow.... Lovely photos and captions..

I especially like the hills picture you've labelled "breathtaking" !

Thanks for sharing your visit :o)

15 May, 2011


We have visited Chatsworth on numerous occasions and especially when we have had visitors from Canada...the journey to get there is a very scenic one and the "wow" factor on approach always gets a great reaction.

We've not visited Haddon Hall so will have to see about seeing it when next we visit. You have taken some beautiful nice to have them to revive good memories :)

Derbyshire has some beautiful countryside and soon it will be time for the well dressing so that will be a good reason to visit the area :) Have you ever visited the small villages to see any of the well dressing?...well worth a look in.

15 May, 2011


Have to agree these are lovely places to see, although i'm from Blackpool my Mum & Dad where both Derbyshire people and came from Chesterfield and we where always going over there when we where young, i still have a sister that lives there, as for Matlock i just love it, like Matlock Bath aswell, infact it reminds me of a mini seaside place without the sand and sea, with all its tourist shops and they also have illuminations on at the back end of summer.Also like to see all the motorbikes that park up on the main road, near Chatsworth there is a village where the black plague was, and there are still crosses nailed on the doors of houses, so people would not go anywhere near them. I always think of that part of Derbyshire is like home as i know it so well.

15 May, 2011


Two very nice places to visit. Haddon Hall had a nice restful atmosphere to it. The views and gardens in both places look interesting to see.
Glad you enjoyed and took these pics to show us :o)

15 May, 2011


Thanks for sharing your pics Tilly,beautiful place,the grotto pond pic is lovely...dont know about the 100 steps though lol.:o)

15 May, 2011


Memory time for me from when we lived on the outskirts of Chesterfield ... really loved visiting Chatsworth House ... thanks for sharing this. : o ))

15 May, 2011


thanks everyone for your comments. Glad you enjoyed the photo's. It was a lovely weekend, windy but the trees on the estate sheltered us from it. Whistonlass i'm sure you'd love Haddon Hall. It has a completley different feel to Chatsworth which in a way is nicer. Its much more intimate and you can almost imagine living their yourself and looking after the garden (well i can dream lol!). I'm sure your visitors from Canada would love it too.

Breathtaking really was 'the' word to sum up the view Terratoonie. In fact over the weekend we ran out of words to use to discribe the area and scenery. Its all very picturesque.

Clarice, how interesting about the place that has the Black Plague connection. I had no idea. We will hopefully explore the area again on another visit in the future so may have to delve deeper into that.

Glad you enjoyed the pics Hywel.

Joanella - dont be put off by the 100 steps, but definatly do the down trip! the view is amazing and you completely forget the steps. Hubby actually counted them on the way down to make sure there really were 100. I think he was worried we'd been shortchanged! lol

Shirley, glad it brought back memories, i would love to live in the area.

16 May, 2011

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