Historical places to visit
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With peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards, Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate. The house and stables are little restored, with many abandoned areas vividly portraying a period in the 20th century when numerous country houses did not survive to tell their story.
Tel: +44 (0) 1246 565 300
There is always something new to see and do in the house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground. Experience a taste of Chatsworth in the shops, restaurants and award winning Farm shop, or explore the beautiful 1000 acre park.
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Eyam Hall is the historic Derbyshire home of the Wright family. The house is a remarkably unspoilt example of a Jacobean manor house. It opened to the public in 1992 but still retains the intimate atmosphere of a much loved family home. Under the watchful gaze of the Wright ancestors' portraits you will visit the beautiful, stone-flagged hall, unique tapestry room, the bedroom with its magnificent tester bed and the nursery with toys from 1860 to the present day. Other rooms reveal costumes belonging to the Wright family, precious artifacts and fascinating family momentos. The observant visitor may even see the resident ghost, Sarah Mills, who drowned in Wright's well and still answers the night bell!
The delightful garden, adjacent to the house, still retains its 17th century layout, with a knot garden, bowling green, potager and rose walk.
The farm buildings have been converted into a working Craft Centre with a shop and a licensed restaurant. This is open through out the year.
The Estate Office
Tel: +44 (0) 1629 812 855
Described by Simon Jenkins in “1000 Best Houses” as “the most romantic house to survive from the middle ages”. Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park, parts of the house date from the 12th Century, sitting like a jewel in its Elizabethan terraced gardens, and overlooking the River Wye. Of particular interest are the kitchens and gardens.
Ilam Park and the South Peak Estate are situated in the spectacular setting of the Staffordshire and Derbyshire Peak District. Enjoy the Park’s beautiful location beside the River Manifold. Relax in the tea-room with amazing views of Dovedale, browse in the shop or discover the newly refurbished visitor centre with changing exhibitions.