The "jewel of the Peak District" is currently home to the 12th Duke of Devonshire, Peregrine Cavendish, but it was his mother, Deborah Mitford (of the famous sisters) who was the driving force behind transforming this once-ailing estate into the impressive visitor attraction and charitable trust it is today (she now lives on the edge of the estate). In addition to the lavish interiors and art treasures, visitors can explore its superb grounds with their fountains, modern sculptures, maze, excellent adventure playground, and a farmyard. From horse trials to Christmas markets, there are reasons to visit year-round. You can even stay on the vast estate, and there are eateries at the house and around the estate, plus the famed Chatsworth Farm Shop at nearby Pilsley and the new Chatworth Butchers & Delicatessen in Bakewell.