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Chatsworth House

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Chatsworth House is a stately home in the Derbyshire Dales, 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north-east of Bakewell and 9 miles (14 km) west of Chesterfield, England. The seat of the Duke of Devonshire, it has belonged to the Cavendish family since 1549. It stands on the east bank of the River Derwent, across from hills between the Derwent and Wye valleys, amid parkland backed by wooded hills that rise to heather moorland. The house holds major collections of paintings, furniture, Old Master drawings, neoclassical sculptures and books. Chosen several times as Britain's favourite country house,[2][3] it is a Grade I listed property from the 17th century, altered in the 18th and 19th centuries.[1] In 2011–2012 it underwent a £14-million restoration.[4] The owner is the Chatsworth House Trust, an independent charitable foundation, on behalf of the Cavendish family.[5]

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Chatsworth House
Large country house by river with wooded hillside beyond
The River Derwent, bridge and house at Chatsworth
Chatsworth House is located in Derbyshire
Chatsworth House
Location within Derbyshire
General information
Architectural styleEnglish Baroque, Italianate
Locationnear Bakewell, Derbyshire
Coordinates53°13′40″N 1°36′36″W
Elevation125 m (410 ft)
Construction started1687
Completed1708, with additions 1820–1840
OwnerTrustees of the Chatsworth Settlement, who lease the house to the Chatsworth House Trust.
Technical details
Floor count5
Floor areaMain house (excluding wing): approx 81,000 sq ft
Design and construction
Architect(s)William Talman
Thomas Archer
Jeffry Wyattville
Joseph Paxton
James Paine
Other information
Number of roomsApprox 300
Listed Building – Grade I
Official nameChatsworth House
Designated29 September 1951
Reference no.1373871[1]