Last weekend we took a trip out to Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire. Built in the 1760s it was designed by the architect Robert Adam as a showpiece palace for entertaining and to display Sir Nathaniel Curzon’s collections of paintings and sculpture.
One of the most impressive rooms is the Marble Hall – lit only from windows in the ceiling.
The architect loved Rome, which is evident throughout the room and in particular the statues lining the Hall.
the drawing room,
and the saloon, which has a particularly stunning ceiling.
When balls were held there attendees could rest and watch the dances whilst sitting on settees and chairs that were curved to fit the wall.
The house also has an Eastern museum, housing many different artifacts, though it isn’t particularly organised. The highlight for me though is the peacock dress that was worn by Lady Curzon at a ball when her husband was Viceroy of India.
We also visited All Saints Church, in the grounds of the Hall, which has some very impressive stained glass windows.
The park surrounding the Hall is also well worth an explore, though it was too hot that day for us to fully take advantage of the walks available. We had no trouble spotting the wildlife though – sheep everywhere!
I’d definitely recommend it for an enjoyable day out – the cream tea’s in the restaurant are excellent too!