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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Visit to Chatsworth House


We thought we would have a day away from the packing and the cricket and the horse and go for an outing. Our chosen destination was Chatsworth House, which is still a private house although it is run by a charitable trust.

The day was damp and miserable in York but we thought we should get on with it, there's no point in waiting for the weather to turn. After a pleasant drive, my first in the new Yeti, of around 90 minutes, we arrived to find the weather was still damp and miserable. Then we spotted the admission price, £3 for parking and £18 each to visit the house and gardens, a total of £41. Still, after driving so far, I passed over the plastic and we went in.

We are extremely pleased we did. A lovely spot, a beautiful house, an awe-inspiring collection of old and new art, helpful, often funny and always smiling staff, a wonderful trip.

Stable block, now cafes and shops

Not many takers for the outside tables, but love the colours

Compulsory silliness

Damen Hirst, "St Bartholomew Exquisite Pain" 2006

Hounds

Lucien Freud

A wonderful portrait of General Somebody or Other

The library - gorgeous - not allowed in

With flash

Without flash

Side view of the house, the rain has stopped

Tree Fountain


A playful partner, B

A thoughtful blogger


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