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Chatsworth House aka Pride & Prejudice (2005) film's Pemberley named as one of top film locations to visit this Summer!

Last March, BBC News reported that Chatsworth House £32m restoration unveiled. Chatsworth House (one of the filming locations for Pride & Prejudice (2005) film and best known as Pemberley, Mr. Darcy's grand estate in Derbyshire) has reopened after its biggest restoration project in 200 years. The 10-year long programme, which cost about £32m ($41.6m), has seen "priceless" paintings restored, brickwork scrubbed and turrets rebuilt.

Also, according to this very recent article via DerbyshireLive...
Chatsworth House named as one of top film locations to visit this summer

Chatsworth House has made a list of the best outings for film buffs.

The grand stately home was the location for movies such as the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice, The Duchess and horror film The Wolfman.

It doubled as Pemberley when Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen, played Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy.

Knightley returned to Chatsworth in 2008 to star in The Duchess, a film depicting the life of aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, who was famous in the late 18th for her beauty, political influence, love affairs and her extravagant clothes.

The list of 19 film locations to visit was put together by holiday firm Away Resorts show believe that visiting can be a fantastic way to explore different areas of the UK and uncover some movie magic.

P&P (2005) Movie on Chatsworth House's official website (with screen caps/still from P&P movie included below): 

Pride and Prejudice

In Pride and Prejudice, Chatsworth was used as Pemberley, the residence of Mr. Darcy.

Austen in Bakewell

It is believed that Jane Austen may have based her idea of Pemberley on Chatsworth House and written the novel while in Bakewell.

"The eye was instantly caught by Pemberley House, situated on the opposite side of the valley into which the road into some abruptness wound."

"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."

Chatsworth was also mentioned in the novel as one of the estates Elizabeth Bennet visits before arriving at Pemberley.


On your visit, you may recognize the grand staircase and ceiling of the Painted Hall where Lizzie and the Gardiners start their tour of Pemberley. The Sculpture Gallery was used in the scene where Lizzie Bennet sees the bust of Mr. Darcy, and his housekeeper describes his many good qualities.

On your visit you will also recognize the beautiful veiled Vestal Virgin sculpture from the same scene. The scene in the Sculpture Gallery was originally set to be in a gallery of paintings, but the scene was changed to make use of Chatsworth's collection.

Mr. Darcy at Chatsworth

As a souvenir from the filming, we still have the bust of Mr. Darcy, played by Matthew Macfadyen. The bust is made of resin mixed with marble dust and was created by Nick Dutton in 2004 as a prop for the film. It can be found in the Orangery shop, through the Sculpture Gallery.

Chatsworth has been used as a setting for other Pride and Prejudice themed outings, from fans coming to see the locations and enjoy 'Pemberley', to themed photography, such as our Pride and Prejudice themed photo shoot.
Watch the P&P BTS - Chatsworth House Video below...

Speaking of Chatsworth, my dear friend (and one of this frequent blog's contributor) Maia just visited the recently restored Chatsworth House (again) early last July and she sent me (thanks a lot!) the following several photos to share here with all of you (reading this post). See all her beautiful pics from Chatsworth below:


See my previous posts of Maia’s visit at Chatsworth House and P&P Filming Locations in the following links below:
More of Maia's Chatsworth House/P&P related posts:

Also, check out the links to my own Chatsworth House (and UK and Paris trip) photos from my visit back in September 2010 and updated P&P Filming Locations:



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