Chatsworth House in Derbyshire has been named as one of the world’s most beautiful film locations by a global travel site, the Sheffield Telegraph reports. The grand stately home was used as the setting for Pemberley in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice, starring Kiera Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen.
A list of the 50 most stunning film locations in the world was compiled by Big 7 Travel, to help inspire people to re-kindle their taste for globetrotting, as the world cautiously opens its doors once more after the pandemic.
The iconic English country estate house was listed at number 28, with such illustrious company as Matamata in New Zealand, where The Lord of the Rings was filmed, and Maya Bay in Thailand, where The Beach was filmed.
It is thought that Chatsworth House was the author’s original inspiration for Pemberley, as Jane Austen visited the area before writing Pride and Prejudice in 1813. The official website suggests that Austen may even have written the world-famous novel while staying in the nearby town of Bakewell.
Austen describes Pemberley House in her celebrated novel: “It was a large, handsome, stone building standing well on rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high woody hills; and in front, a stream of some natural importance was swelled into greater, but without any artificial appearance. Its banks were neither formal, nor falsely adorned.”
This description certainly applies to the beautifully situated Chatsworth, which is now open to visitors with an advance online booking system only. The richly decorated house contains works of art that span the centuries, housing masterpieces by Rembrandt and Reynolds, as well as works by modern artists such as Lucien Freud and Edmund de Waal.
The 105-acre garden is renowned for its landscaping, and centuries of careful cultivation. It contains beautiful water features, sculptures, and rock gardens, as well as five miles of walks with rare shrubs and trees.
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