Photos show Chatsworth house in all its glory following restoration

Chatsworth House’s revamp! Impressive pictures taken by Vogue photographer show the home in all its glory after £32.7million restoration – which included re-gilding the windows and removing three centuries worth of grime

  • Impressive photographs capture one of England’s grandest stately homes, Chatsworth House, in all its glory 
  • They were taken by photographer Victoria Hely-Hutchinson, who’s worked with Stella McCartney and Vogue
  • The images feature in a new book celebrating the completion of the Derbyshire home’s 10-year refurbishment

These remarkable photographs capture one of England’s grandest stately homes, Chatsworth House, in all its glory following its ‘Masterplan’ restoration – which involved it being encased in scaffolding, re-gilding the windows and removing three centuries worth of grime.

Taken by photographer Victoria Hely-Hutchinson, who has worked with Stella McCartney and Vogue, the spectacular images feature in a new book celebrating the completion of the Derbyshire home’s 10-year refurbishment programme, which cost more than £32million. 

Chatsworth, Arcadia, Now tells the story of the extraordinary place – made famous as ‘Pemberley’ from the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice – through seven scenes from its life, alongside a stunning photographic portrait of the house and its collections, captured at a ‘moment of high optimism in its long history’. 

In a foreword for the book, the owners, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, both 77, say: ‘We lived at Chatsworth throughout the Masterplan, using different rooms as the work progressed. 

‘For two years our bedroom was in the attics; there are eighty-two steps from the ground floor to the top, so it was better not to leave your spectacles upstairs in the morning.’


Looking brand new: These remarkable photographs capture one of England’s grandest stately homes, Chatsworth House (pictured), in all its glory following its ‘Masterplan’ restoration

Given a facelift: The revamp involved the home (pictured) being encased in scaffolding, re-gilding the windows and removing three centuries worth of grime


Taken by photographer Victoria Hely-Hutchinson, who has worked with Stella McCartney and Vogue, the spectacular images feature in a new book celebrating the completion of the Derbyshire home’s 10-year refurbishment programme, which cost more than £32million

The facelift of Chatsworth – during which the home was encased in scaffolding, the ‘grime from three centuries’ exposure to the Derbyshire elements was removed from its stone façade’, and the window frames on the South and West Fronts were re-gilded – included the installation of a lift serving all floors. 

‘These building works – the majority of them hidden from sight – were necessary from a physical point of view, so that the fabric and services in most parts of the house are now in better condition than for a very long time,’ said the Duke and Duchess.

‘The work also marked the final part of a gradual alteration in the use and purpose of the house, a change that started after the Second World War, when my parents came to realise that Chatsworth’s future lay more as a tourist destination than as a private house occasionally open to visitors.’

They added: ‘The overriding impression of Chatsworth is one of peace. The house is entirely benign, the views are wonderfully calm, and a sense of optimism prevails. We are constantly aware of the layers of time and history.’


Chatsworth, Arcadia, Now tells the story of the extraordinary place (pictured) – made famous as ‘Pemberley’ from the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice – through seven scenes from its life, alongside a stunning photographic portrait of the house and its collections, captured at a ‘moment of high optimism in its long history’

In a foreword for the book, the owners of the home (pictured is one of its grand rooms), the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, both 77, say: ‘We lived at Chatsworth throughout the Masterplan, using different rooms as the work progressed’

The facelift of Chatsworth – during which the home (pictured is one of its dining rooms) was encased in scaffolding, the ‘grime from three centuries’ exposure to the Derbyshire elements was removed from its stone façade’, and the window frames on the South and West Fronts were re-gilded – included the installation of a lift serving all floors


‘These building works – the majority of them hidden from sight – were necessary from a physical point of view, so that the fabric and services in most parts of the house are now in better condition than for a very long time,’ said the Duke and Duchess. Pictured left, a seating area with a view to outside, and right, the splendid grounds

The makeover results were truly dazzling, not least due to the amount of gold used to ‘bling’ it up; around 1,500 sheets of gold leaf were used for each window frame on the west and south terraces, as well as on roof ornaments, gates and other railings.

Chatsworth House, which has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549, reopened its doors in 2018 following its biggest restoration project in 200 years.

The 10-year long programme saw ‘priceless’ paintings restored, brickwork scrubbed and turrets rebuilt. Dentistry tools were apparently used to scrape out mortar in between huge blocks in the Derbyshire stately home’s walls.

Chatsworth House, which has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549, reopened its doors in 2018 following its biggest restoration project in 200 years. Pictured, some of the sculptures at the stately home


The 10-year long programme saw ‘priceless’ paintings restored, brickwork scrubbed and turrets rebuilt. Dentistry tools were apparently used to scrape out mortar in between huge blocks in the Derbyshire stately home’s walls. Pictured left, a modern snap of one of the corridors in the building, and right, the stunning outside scenes on the estate

The photographer captured the stunning estate throughout different seasons, with this image showcasing the spectacular grounds in the Peak District covered in fog

Chatsworth (pictured surrounded by its grounds) opens each year from late March through to Christmas and closes in early January. Throughout the makeover period, it remained open to the public, with different sections shut off

The house and garden were built by Sir William Cavendish and Bess of Hardwick in 1555. There are 126 rooms. More than 600,000 people a year flock to the historic property in the Peak District.

Chatsworth opens each year from late March through to Christmas and closes in early January. Throughout the makeover period, it remained open to the public, with different sections shut off. 

In 2018, The Daily Mail reported that the renovation was partly carried out because the Duke of Devonshire had no wifi, which in turn triggered the costly refurbishment.

Chatsworth, Arcadia, Now by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire with John-Paul Stonard, and photography by Victoria Hely-Hutchinson, is published in hardback by Particular Books, priced £50.00 

The house and garden were built by Sir William Cavendish and Bess of Hardwick in 1555. There are 126 rooms. More than 600,000 people a year flock to the historic property in the Peak District. Pictured, Chatsworth before the renovation was completed


The makeover results were truly dazzling, not least due to the amount of gold used to ‘bling’ it up; around 1,500 sheets of gold leaf were used for each window frame on the west and south terraces, as well as on roof ornaments, gates and other railings. Pictured left, the home after its revamp, and right, before the makeover

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