Beeley, Chatsworth, Edensor & Baslow

Beeley is a pretty little village on the Chatsworth Estate, with some fine stone houses and leafy lanes.

The Devonshire Arms is a picturesque country inn in the heart of the village and offers charm and character with cosy coal fires and fine food and drink.  The brassiere is at the far end of the inn and offers relaxing, bright and contemporary dining.  It is one of those pubs that people love to discover.  Winners of the “Best Gastro Pub 2012” in the ‘Derbyshire Food Awards’ for the fourth year.

Also within the village is The Old Smithy, a licensed tearoom and shop.  Serving fresh and homemade food to eat in or take away it is a delightful place to visit.  As you leave Beeley on the B6012 towards Chatsworth you will pass the Chatsworth Garden Centre on the left.

As you go over a cattle grid you enter one of the most beautiful places in the country, the Chatsworth Estate.

It never fails to take my breath away as the House comes into view.  This stately home is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.  The hills are scattered in sheep and lambs in spring and as you drive past it is common to see a herd of Red Deer.  It is like a Christmas card before your eyes and a strong desire overcomes you to want to grab the camera and capture every moment.  You cannot stop and park on this road so the memories stay within your mind forever.  Depending on the season it changes constantly.

Whether the winter wonderland or the orange, gold and red leaves of autumn, it is a place I want to share with the whole World!

If you pass as the sun is setting, the windows of Chatsworth House shine bright with gold.  The road to Chatsworth House is on the right and as you approach it you see the beautiful gardens and water fountain the distance.

The bridge on the main approach to the house is a grade 1 listed building.  Some of my favourite photographs have been taken from here and the house looks like it has doubled in size as the reflection is seen in the water.

You can turn around in the car park and leave the estate on the same road.  At the junction, turn right to Baslow and after a few hundred yards, turn left into the village of Edensor.

Edensor

A very pretty estate village set within Chatsworth Park with some beautiful houses and cottages.

Visit Edensor (pronounced Ensor) in high summer with blue skies and flowers in full bloom and you could be on a chocolate box cover! The village is unique in several ways. The 6th Duke of Devonshire moved the original village to the present site, because it spoilt his view from Chatsworth House. When re-building, he chose to have every house built to a different design, virtually one of each from the pattern book offered by his architects! Set within the parkland of Chatsworth, the entrance to Edensor is through a white estate gate and has only this singe road access. The graceful spire of the church of St Peter overlooks the village, inside are many fine monuments of the Cavendish family and in the churchyard is the much visited grave of Kathleen, sister of President John Kennedy.

The Edensor Tea Cottage is a lovely place to stop.

On leaving the village turn left towards Baslow on the A6012, this eventually meets the A619 Bakewell road  that leads into Baslow.

Baslow

An attractive village at the northern end of Chatsworth Park surrounded by magnificent countryside.

Set beneath its' gritstone edge, Baslow is an attractive place with some very fine houses. The Cavendish Hotel and Baslow Hall provide some of the very finest hotel accommodation in the Peak (inaccessible). Baslow is made up of 5 "Ends", Far, Nether, Bridge, West and Over Ends. The leafy Goose Green is at Nether End, where a narrow packhorse bridge leads the way to Chatsworth House past pretty thatched cottages. At Bridge End the graceful 17th century bridge has a small tollhouse and the nearby church of St Anne is on the east bank of the river Derwent. The unusual clock on the church has VICTORIA 1897 instead of numbers and inside can be seen the whip used to clear the church of dogs. The adjoining hamlet of Bubnell, over the river to the west has a fine 17th century hall.

The Devonshire Arms, Wheatsheaf, Hatties Tearoom, The Rutland are all accessible.