Saturday, 23 March 2013

Bloggers go to Chatsworth... (PICTURE HEAVY)

You know me, I love a good stately home and as Chatsworth was fairly close to Norbury Manor BexLucy Sophie and I decided to pay a visit. I took over 500 photos but the house was quite dark inside so only a few hundred came out... It was ridiculously expensive to get in, but we spent a good four hours wandering around! 


 













 



 





♥ The side view of the house, the windows had just been re-gilted so they were very gold and shiny. I have to say, my flat now looks rather drab in comparison...
Every surface was covered in some kind of decoration and this was the beautiful ceiling in the hallway.
 Only carved marble bannisters will do...
 I loved the colours in this carpet, they looked even brighter in the room! 
 The 'Green Satin Room' unsurprisingly had walls covered in green satin, much classier than wallpaper! 
 This was such a beautiful domed ceiling which had windows above it, as you can see there was a lot of art on the walls!
 BATH IN THE CUPBOARD KLAXON- is this the world's smallest en-suite?!
♥ This was a gorgeous collection of silver miniatures which included teeny tiny scissors, spoons and even a miniature candelabra, it looked like the supplies for a doll's palace!
♥ Just one of the (many) richly decorated bedrooms...
♥ The library was absolutely amazing, I literally steamed up my camera when I saw it due to my excitement. The fact that it had a hidden staircase just made it even more exciting, haha!
♥ I mean who wouldn't love shelves and shelves of beautiful old books?!
♥ I really love chandeliers and Chatsworth had so many beautiful ones, I just wish I had high enough ceilings to have one here at the flat. I love me a good light fitting...
♥ Playing around with the focus on my camera...
♥ Another beautiful light fitting...
♥ Another mini chandelier (told you I liked light fittings!)
♥ Chatsworth has an amazing art collection and there is currently an exhibition of William Turner's work in the house and gardens. I loved this painting, the colours were really vibrant. I also loved the Trompe L'Oeil violin too, it was so realistic! 
♥  Sculptures are one of my favourite forms of art and this sleeping lion was beautifully carved, I would have snuck him out in my pocket if only he didn't weigh about 6 tonnes!
♥ This 'veiled lady' was exquisitely carved but super creepy. Yes that is a heart she is holding in her hands...
♥  Super cool purple chairs at one of the restaurants
♥  I loved these massive canvases, each one showed slightly differently aspects of Chatsworth with brightly coloured backgrounds.
Cultivated clematis flowers in the expansive grounds
Typical fashion blogger poser- many thanks to my lungy photographer Bex!
Outtake of the day: me nearly falling into the water feature. My balance has always been atrocious!

Have you ever been to Chatsworth? Do you like visiting stately homes?
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12 comments

floral and feather said...

Lovely photos. I've always wanted to go to Chatsworth! It's too far from home for a day trip though.

jamie-lee said...

Wow it looks absolutely lovely! Gosh must have been a magical day :) And I love your green coat, so vibrant x

Alice said...

Chatsworth looks stunning! I was mighty intrigued by the tales of the veiled lady... glad I've seen a snap of her (and heart) now.
Oh gosh imagine if you had fallen into the water feature? xxx

Sophie - CGDN said...

It was a good trip out, wasn't it?! I would have loved to see a few more rooms plus find the centre of the damn maze! x

Lucy in the Clouds said...

Maria, these are brilliant - you have a really good eye! I have *just* posted the behind the scenes lunging outfit pics :) Oh and I'm totally going to have Veiled Lady nightmares after reading this so late! x

Sarah said...

I really want to visit Chatsworth! It looks beautiful!
x

Gem said...

We should all go to Windsor or something, lets do more day trips please. I think everyone should have a cupboard bath xx

claire (jazzpad.) said...

First things first... I am coming with you on your next holiday!! I am so gutted you can't make this weekend! Looks like you had the LOVELIEST time, and I am very jealous you got to hang out with my girl Gemma too :) ♥ Claire @ Jazzpad

The Girl said...

BATH IN A CUPBOARD! This remains the first thing I have told people when I've said I went to Chatsworth. Closely followed by IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO GET TO THE CENTRE OF THE MAZE.

That is clearly the best photo ever taken by the water feature. It's the lunge. It works every time.

FAIIINT said...

The bath in the cupboard is awesome! Ahh, I want one! I'm sure it was worth the expensive entrance fee, everything looks so beautiful!

Lauren said...

You find the most exotic manor houses! And your weekend with fellow bloggers looked divine! You are one classy lady who knows where to find sophisticated environments!!!

(='.'=)
Lauren at adorn la femme

LilyLipstick said...

What an amazing location! This looks like such a fun weekend. x

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