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Behind the Scenes tours at Chatsworth

Secrets & surprises: Behind the scenes tours

Explore behind the scenes this winter while the house is normally closed to visitors as it undergoes its annual ‘deep clean’.

These special tours are available Monday through Thursday and change daily depending on the work being completed that day.

In an exclusive arrangement, guests of the Devonshire Hotels and Restaurants Group staying on the Chatsworth Estate, now have a limited availability opportunity to go behind the scenes of this great house and learn more of its ‘Secrets & Surprises’, with a series of private guided tours taking place this winter.

Led by specialist guide, Shenagh Firth, each tour will delve into the work taking place at that time, therefore each one will be unique, focussing on a key area of the house in depth, and offering the chance to learn more about the particular projects taking place, such as restoring gold leaf on a wood carving, or deep cleaning a rare silk tapestry.

Shenagh and her team will guide guests through the house, including popular areas such as the Painted Hall, State Apartments, Sculpture Gallery and the Sketch Galleries, sharing their expertise, along with many anecdotes, secrets and tips. There will also be an insight into the 10 year “Masterplan” for this great house, in which over £32m has been invested for future generations.

Devonshire Hotels and Restaurants guests will gain insight in to the estate, its legacy and stewardship, be updated about new installations and exhibitions, and learn about the hugely talented in-house team, recently-restored interiors and works of art.

The duration of each tour is between 60 – 90 minutes, and each will host only a small group, of no more than 20 guests.

These guided tours are exclusively available to guests booking a ‘Secrets and Surprises’ package at The Cavendish at Baslow, Chatsworth Cottages or at one of the estate inns – The Devonshire Arms at Beeley or The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley.

Image credit: Chatsworth House Trust / Simon Broadhead

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