The Chatsworth House Trust was set up in 1981 by the Devonshire family. A registered charity, its principal purpose is the long-term preservation of the house, its art collection, garden, woodlands and park for the benefit of the public.
Chatsworth is a thriving visitor attraction, comprising a Grade I listed house and stables, a 105-acre garden, a 1822 acre Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown-landscaped park, and one of Europe’s most significant art collections – the Devonshire Collection. More recent additions include the farmyard and adventure playground, as well as an award winning farm shop.
Chatsworth hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year including the country fair, horse trials, Art Out Loud festival, and the Beyond Limits monumental outdoor sculpture exhibition, in conjunction with Sotheby’s. In addition, 2017 sees the first RHS Chatsworth show, taking place in the grounds of the estate.
Chatsworth is also home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and their family, who pay a market rent for the rooms they occupy. All income from visitors to the house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground goes directly to the charity to pay its operating and running costs.
Chatsworth is located in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park, and has strong links with local businesses, tourism bodies and other organisations, including Chesterfield Champions. Chatsworth is committed to helping to build a sustainable local economy, by working with local suppliers, education providers and likeminded organisations.