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Chatsworth: The House Hardcover – 28 Mar 2002

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Enjoy the Duchess of Devonshire's highly personal account of what it's like to live at Chatsworth. With the warmth and wit you expect from one of the Mitford sisters, it transcends any run-of-the-mill guidebook (BBC Homes & Antiques)

... an intellectual and visual treat (Period Living)

As a souvenir of a visit to Chatsworth this beautiful book is flawless; as an insight into the life of a great stately home it is indispensable (Beautiful Britain)

About the Author

Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire is the youngest of the seven children of the second Baron Redesdale and sister of the writers Nancy and Jessica Mitford and Diana Mosley. The Duke and Duchess lived at Chatsworth from 1950 on and lovingly restored the house and gardens.

Simon Upton is a photographer specialising in interiors and portrait photography. He has contributed to many books and his work appears in Vogue, Tatler, World of Interiors, Harpers and Queen, House and Garden and other publications.


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This is a delightful book. It is written by the Duchess of Devonshire who has lived in the house since the 1950's and it is obvious from her writing that she loves the house and its surroundings very much. Her style is unstuffy and often quite humorous. The Duchess points out both the many merits of the house and its shortcomings and she is not afraid to put kitschy plastic lamps or Elvis telephones next to classic art or other priceless treasures that the house is full of.
The Book starts with a short introduction and then goes on to the history of the house and of the first ten Dukes. Then she describes the house and the chances that has taken place there since she moved in there in the 50's with her husband, Andrew Cavendish the 11th Duke of Devonshire.
The book then turns to the exploration of the house, both the Public Route and the Private rooms. Then there is a chapter about the workings of the house called behind the scenes and then book ends on a short epiloque.
There are colour photographs on almost every other page and the text and the photographs match very well so you don't have to turn back and forward all the time.
On the whole the book is very well written and structured.
Chatsworth is a very beautiful house and the gardens and the scenery around the House is breathtaking. The house is full of interesting antique furniture, clocks and books, lots of paintings by past masters and other arts treasures. There is a large room dedicated to sculpture mostly collected by the sixth Duke an I loved to see there a titanium fan from a RB-211-524G jet engine which are fitted to Boeing 747. It was put there by the present Duke and it is a modern sculpture in its own right.
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This book is one of the best I have ever read - although it being primarily a picture book, the text was so full of interesting details and funny remarks about the house and the people in and around it, that I read it cover to cover in no time! If you are intersted in stately homes, art, nobility, architecture or just this particular house or family you will not be dissapointed.
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My love affair with the Cavendish family began when I read the only book ever written about Kathleen (Kick) Kennedy "Her Life and Times" by Lynne McTaggart; "the best thing America ever sent to England" and the darling of World-War-II English society who met and fell in love with Billy Hartington who took her to Chatsworth where fourteen previous generations of Cavendish's had lived.

Where did it all began? The journey I embarked upon took me back in time to Bess of Hardwick, born into the most brutal and turbulent period of England's history who did not have an auspicious start in life. This remarkable woman, widowed for the first time at sixteen, she nonetheless outlived four monarchs, married three more times, and died one of the wealthiest and most powerful women the country has ever seen; building an empire of her own: the great houses of Chatsworth and Hardwick.

The next stop of my journey took me to Chatsworth, one of England's grandest and most visited great houses; a funny, informative and engrossing portrait and of the family with which the house and its contents are intertwined as told by the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire (Deborah) in her book "Chatsworth the House."

The occupants of this great house beginning with Bess of Hardwick, later the Countess of Shrewsbury (1527 - 1608) up until the present owner, Peregrine Cavendish, 12th Duke of Devonshire.

I must admit my favourite Duke was the Sixth Duke, William Spencer Compton (1790 - 1858) fondly known as the Bachelor Duke.
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Authoritative well researched and informative text with superb pictures. The Dowager Duchess is a wonderful example to all of us in her devotion to family and duty
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wonderful photgraphs and an entertaining mx of history and guidebook. Great for those of us who, after visiting, wanted to know more
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