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Photo of the Week: A Visit to Pemberley

The Cascade Waterfall

The Cascade Waterfall at Chatsworth House.

It’s no secret that I adore visiting castles and stately homes in England. When my brother and I were kids, our trips to England and Scotland often followed a very familiar routine: we went to castles for me, rode trains for my brother, and went to distilleries for my dad.

I’m a lot older now, but I still have a soft spot for castles. I was especially excited about visiting Chatsworth House because it was used in the 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice; even though I hadn’t seen the movie, I knew it must be a gorgeous place to even be considered as Pemberley. And boy, would “gorgeous” be an understatement. Yes, some of the inside is a bit gaudy — but what stately home in Britain doesn’t have a bit of that? The house really shines from the outside though. The architecture is truly what you would expect of Mr. Darcy’s home, and the gardens are some of the best I’ve ever been in. I got lost in them for hours, wandering from the reflecting pool to the rock gardens and through back ways that weren’t even marked on the map until I realised that I really did need to go back and meet my grandparents (who were very patiently waiting in the car)!

The waterfall above was one of the most popular parts of the garden. Tourists are free to wade in it, which meant that I was lucky to get a shot with no one in it at all! Most of the time there were plenty of people lounging around and at least 10 people splashing around on the steps!

Here are a few other photos from around Chatsworth:

Inside ChatsworthThe Lion Statue Featured in P&PThe Fountains of ChatsworthGuarding Her DomainA Bridge Over Untroubled Water

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