This country house fallen into disrepair is a charming place to ramble around, with its overgrown courtyards, faded walled gardens, and peeling paintwork. As you do, consider that the same fate almost befell Chatsworth House. Take advantage of fine weather to explore the vast parkland with its red and fallow deer and deer shelter, and restored wetland area, a wildlife haven. Four on-site cottages include two former gatehouse lodges.