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4.0 out of 5 stars An inside peek at "the Palace of the Peak" and its glorious gardens
This hour-long 1995 DVD tour of "the grandest country house in all England," is a stunner. A great preview for anyone planning a visit and an entrancing enticement for the armchair traveler as well.

After the 11th Duke of Devonshire's death in 2004, his widow, Deborah, the youngest and last of the famous Mitford sisters and well known as the author of several...
Published on October 28, 2012 by Sharon Isch

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3.0 out of 5 stars Charming, but insufficient
When the late Duke was still alive, this TV documentary was made. The "Marquess of Hartingdon" is the "complimentary title" of the heir to the Duke (he is the current Duke). Lovely shots of the rooms, orante and pretty walls, furniture, the various out buildings, and the statues collected and stored in the former Oragerarium.

Ideal for those who have been...
Published on October 5, 2009 by A. M. Wagner


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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An inside peek at "the Palace of the Peak" and its glorious gardens, October 28, 2012
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This review is from: Chatsworth: The Grandest Country House in All England-Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Marquess of Hartington, Derbyshire countryside (DVD)
This hour-long 1995 DVD tour of "the grandest country house in all England," is a stunner. A great preview for anyone planning a visit and an entrancing enticement for the armchair traveler as well.

After the 11th Duke of Devonshire's death in 2004, his widow, Deborah, the youngest and last of the famous Mitford sisters and well known as the author of several marvelous books on Chatsworth*, became the Dowager Duchess. She now lives nearby in a former vicarage. (Both appear briefly in this film.) Their son, Peregrine, better known as "Stoker," became the 12th Duke, and it is he, then the Marquess of Hartington, who provides the excellent narration here for the house and grounds that would, a decade later, become his. The views of the Chatsworth gardens throughout the four seasons are magnificent enough to make you want to plan four visits instead of just one.

Of course there've been some changes in the 18 years since this film was made and the eight since the duchy changed hands. A visit to the Chatsworth web site showcases many of them--most particularly the 12th Duke and Duchess's addition of modern art and sculpture to both the house and grounds (loved by some, loathed by others). It also has a wealth of practical information: listings of special events, tips on how to get there and places to to eat, stay and shop on or near the estate etc.

Also of note: In 2011, BBC TV did a three-part series on Chatsworth, but at this writing it doesn't seem to be available on DVD in America. I'll revisit this review if/when I learn otherwise.

* Meanwhile three books by the Dowager Duchess that I enjoyed and think you might, too are:Chatsworth: The House which delves into Devonshire/Cavendish family history and shows both the thirty-some rooms on the public tour as well as the private family quarters, The Garden at Chatsworth,and Round About Chatsworth.

Update 9/25/14: The Dowager Duchess died at age 94 on September 24, 2014.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Charming, but insufficient, October 5, 2009
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This review is from: Chatsworth: The Grandest Country House in All England-Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Marquess of Hartington, Derbyshire countryside (DVD)
When the late Duke was still alive, this TV documentary was made. The "Marquess of Hartingdon" is the "complimentary title" of the heir to the Duke (he is the current Duke). Lovely shots of the rooms, orante and pretty walls, furniture, the various out buildings, and the statues collected and stored in the former Oragerarium.

Ideal for those who have been there. Like a collection of movies shot by someone who had wide access. Albeit remastered from 1980's film. This DVD does not include Edensor Village, nor very much of the Deer Park. And thank goodness it was made before the *truly awful* modern sculptures were placed in the long views!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable DVD Visit, September 29, 2010
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This brought back lovely memories for us -- beautifully photographed and put together. Commentary is often a distraction in travel DVDs, but we found this to be low-key and pleasant. Like another reviewer here, I wish there had been more of the gardens included, because they were a favorite for us, too. Still, it's a very pleasant way to remember a visit to Chatsworth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice trip, August 9, 2013
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My husband and I like to watch films about these old houses. They are so interesting. Just seeing the house and the way it is put together is fascinating to us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I enoyed having the son of the current owners showing us around his family home., October 21, 2013
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Even though I also watched "The Secrets of Chatsworth" on PBS, there wasn't as much information about the interior of the home, only the grounds and gardens. I hought it was nice to have the heir to the estate show us around his family home.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding DVD about a stunning home!, June 6, 2013
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The DVD takes you through so much of the house, gives information on generations of family, shows furnishing that have been there for centuries & history about the family that has owned it. You feel like the tour has taken you into parts of the estate that the usual visitor would have missed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good Doco, May 19, 2014
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Worth watching but not one I would put among my classics.I'm glad I purchased it but it will be on the watch when I need some info from it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Chatsworth and all the personal history ..., September 18, 2014
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This DVD arrived on time and in new condition. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Chatsworth and all the personal history it shared with viewers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the Secrets of series, August 25, 2014
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Not as good as the Secrets of series, however still petty good. Was made before the Secrets Series came out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review of Chatsworth:The grandest Country House in all of England, July 28, 2013
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It provided only the pictures and how a castle is such a important part of the well off, with all of the decorative importance of things.
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