Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire is set in the heart of the Peak District on the banks of the River Derwent. The house is absolutely stunning with over 30 rooms to explore and it also houses one of Europe's most significant art collections.
Each year Chatsworth hosts a number of special events including the Horse Trials, Country Fair and Christmas market and from November the lower floors of the house are transformed for the annual Christmas displays.
Also, the gardens and farmyard are well worth visiting and an absolute must is the Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop in the village of Pilsley.
A fairytale mansion perched on a hilltop, Bolsover Castle is a fantastic place to visit and the spectacular painted walls and ceilings together with the indoor riding school make it a real day out.
Calke Abbey is exactly how the National Trust describe it 'The un-stately home and country estate'! It tells the story of how so many country houses in the 20th Century did not survive and it is almost frozen in time. The walled gardens and orangery are stunning and there is a very good restaurant which serves delicious food.
Tatton Park is often quoted as England's most historic estate with its fine Georgian mansion full of art treasures and original furnishings.
The grounds are stunning and the 50 acre gardens are set within the 1000 acres of parkland so there is plenty of walking if you feel like it!
This Medieval and Tudor manor house is an absolute gem and it is easy to see why Haddon Hall has been such a popular choice as a film and TV location. There is a beautiful terraced garden and the roses are stunning. Good restaurant or try The Peacock at Rowsley which is owned by the estate.
Sudbury Hall was originally the country seat of the Lords Vernon and now owned by the National Trust. It is a beautiful house featuring exquisite plasterwork, wood carvings and murals. Plus the Museum of Childhood is a fascinating way to explore the childhoods of times gone by. Definitely not just a museum for children!
Tissington Hall is the nearest historic house to Biggin Grange located in this idyllic estate owned village which has been used for many films and television series. The FitzHerbert family have been living at the Hall for over 400 years and the house and gardens are definitely worth a visit.
The village has a thriving cafe, Herberts Fine English Tearooms, and also in the village is a vintage sweet shop, butchers, candle shop, a plant nursery and gift shop. The Well Dressings take place on the 14th-20th May 2015.