It is a truth universally acknowledged that a 4+ hour round-trip journey to see a major Jane Austen landmark in one day is totally reasonable. One Saturday I took a train (plus a bus & a 30 minute walk through an breathtaking field/park) to go see Chatsworth House. By itself – and by that, I mean without the literary history – Chatsworth is a gorgeous house with some interesting history. Structures on the grounds date back to the 16th century, the architecture and interior decoration is amazing, and there are countless pieces of near-priceless artwork throughout the house.
I also may or may not have worried about getting lost in the property’s
small forest gardens.
Of course, thanks to Jane Austen, there is a Pride & Prejudice section in all of the gift
shops. (As well as the Darcy bust used in the 2005 P&P movie.) The house and grounds were used in the 2005 movie as well as the BBC miniseries adaptation of “Murder Comes to Pemberly.” I recognized the gorgeous grand entryway and staircase from that miniseries. And who could forget the magnificent fountain to the side of the house?
The entire day was a perfect solo exploration, full of history, architecture, and the English outdoors. The pictures really do the day more justice than I could describe.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. ” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Page 1