Season's greetings to one and all, this issue brings the heart back home with the Classics. Doyenne of Insurance Winnie Tay shares her life lessons and try some gift wrapping tips in our Dark & Decadent section. Joyeux Noelle~!
THE HOME THE ARISTOCRATS REVISITED Whether it is idyllic countryside villages or sprawling castles and rural estates, many people have a romantic view of England and its long and rich past. However, few things can embody the country’s past opulence and grandeur than some of its finest stately homes and castles. TM | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 38
THE HOME CHATSWORTH HOUSE, DERBYSHIRE Chatsworth House is one of England’s finest and best known stately homes. The enormous estate, sitting among the heavily forested rolling hills of the county of Derbyshire, is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire, and it has remained in the Cavendish family since 1549. The splendid country estate is home to an extensive collection of extremely valuable paintings, antique furniture, neoclassical sculptures and a vast library of books collected over sixteen generations of the family who still call Chatsworth House their home. Around thirty rooms are open to the public, including various state rooms and galleries. The house is home to one of the most important private collections of art in Europe including artefacts from Ancient Egypt, and numerous original paintings ranging from the seventeenth century to the present. The parks and gardens comprise over a hundred acres of land, most of which are also open to the public, and there is an extensive farmyard area and climbing forest. Visitors will also be able to purchase top quality natural produce at the Chatsworth House farm shop, buy gifts from the house shops or eat at a selection of on-site restaurants and cafés. Visitors who want to stay for a while can also choose from one of the hotels or holiday cottages belonging to the estate. Tickets to visit Chatsworth House may be purchased locally or online at chatsworth.org. The estate is open daily from the middle of March to December 23 from 11am until 5:30pm. CHATSWORTH HOUSE, DERBYSHIRE 39 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 | TM