Catered breaks at Darley House from Master Chef Charlie

Charlie Ratcliffe (Master Chef of Great Britain) head shot for our catered breaks blog (Darley House)

Charlie Ratcliffe (Master Chef of Great Britain) creates exceptional catered breaks for our guests. Most noteworthy is his bespoke menu planning,  a professional approach and a passionate enthusiasm for good food.  And, he is a lovely guy to have around and chat to about food, cycling (another passion), or anything really. The restaurant and bespoke […]

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Christmas at Darley House

What a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas early in the special setting and atmosphere of Darley House!  Transport covered planes, trains and cars: with my eldest sister and family flying into Manchester airport from Switzerland; my  middle sister getting the train to Matlock and my parents, aunt and uncle and our children driving from various […]

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The Joy Of Watercolour

THE JOY OF WATERCOLOUR What do artists want?  Time and space to focus on painting?  Tutor input, support and feedback? Freedom from everyday chores and pressures?  This is what we aimed to provide at our first art retreat at Darley House in September.  Contemporary artist Ella Clocksin encouraged us to develop more fluent brush work […]

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L-P Chatsworth Garden wins Best Show Garden

How lucky with the weather we were today, Thursday 21 May 2015, and how lucky for the L-P Chatsworth/Chelsea team.  The Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden, designed by Dan Pearson who sought his inspiration from Joseph Paxton’s trout stream and rock garden, won the well deserved ‘Best Show Garden’.  It was fabulous to finally see it and […]

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Paxton inspired Chelsea Flower Show garden

  Dan Pearson is creating a garden for the 2015 Chelsea Flower Show,  drawing inspiration from the trout stream and the rock gardens which are part of Joseph Paxton’s legacy at Chatsworth.   Less well known is that Joseph Paxton also found the time in his hectic schedule to lovingly landscape the gardens at Darley House […]

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Restoration of Darley House

Restoration of Darley House – Review by Stella Stella of SMS Creative Photography, a talented photographer and friend, happened to be in Ashbourne, Derbyshire  last September, so we arranged for her to come and stay at Darley house and take some photographs.  Many of these photos feature on our website and in the Derbyshire Life article […]

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Darley House

​  Find out more about the history of the house and the area: The Peak District is fascinating place to visit from so many different angles. In terms of personalities and history it helps to start with Bess of Hardwick really who, through a series of unfortunate or fortunate marriages, depending on how you look […]

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