Specially commissioned by the 6th Duke of Devonshire, Edensor is a quintessentially English village.
Specially commissioned by the 6th Duke of Devonshire, the custom-built village of Edensor (pronounced 'Enza') in Chatsworth Park features a delightful hotch-potch of traditional house designs, from mock Tudor to Swiss cottage.
The 6th Duke decided to demolish the old estate village and rebuild it out of sight in the 19th century, because it spoiled his view of the estate from Chatsworth. Access then, as now, was through a white estate gate.
The graceful spire of the church of St Peter dominates the village skyline, and many fine monuments to the Cavendish family can be found inside the building. In the churchyard, a special area is reserved for the family's graves.
They include a memorial to Kathleen Kennedy, sister of famous former USA President John F Kennedy, and wife of William 'Billy' Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington, who was killed in action in the Second World War. JFK visited his sister's grave in the early 1960s, before his assassination.
The churchyard is also the last resting place of Sir Joseph Paxton of 'Crystal Palace' fame, who was head gardener to the 6th Duke of Devonshire and cultivated the famous Cavendish banana, named after the Duke and still eaten all over the world.
The village's former post office is now home to Edensor Tea Cottage, licensed and open daily throughout the year, serving breakfast, morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea, and also some Chatsworth Estate holiday cottages.
A brisk walk over the hill leads you to Chatsworth, one of Britain's top ten country houses, with its landscaped gardens and lawns, water features, adventure playground and farmyard, shops, restaurants, cafés and much more.
In the other direction, a stroll across rolling parkland and its herds of native deer and sheep leads to the estate's well-stocked garden centre, with its welcoming café. Or meander along Edensor's main street with wide grassy verges to a lane where you'll find sweeping views over parkland and the Derwent Valley.
Places of interest
Business Directory The Edensor Tea Cottage
The Edensor Tea Cottage, is as English as it gets when it comes to visiting The Peak District, It is surrounded by chocolate box houses, picture perfect views, and is based in a village full of history that is a ‘must see’ when visiting Derbyshire.
Trails Cycling around Bakewell - Chatsworth
Cycle a picturesque 18 miles taking in stately homes and standing stones near Chatsworth.
Trails Bakewell to Chatsworth Walk
An interesting 6 or 8 mile walk through woods and fields to visit Chatsworth House in its setting beside the River Derwent
Business Directory Chatsworth
Chatsworth, home to the Devonshire family, is set in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire, on the banks of the river Derwent.
Business Directory Chatsworth Garden
Chatsworth is welcoming visitors with more than 50,000 new flowering perennials, shrubs and trees as well as a huge, new stone sculpture called Natural Course by the artist Laura Ellen Bacon.
Business Directory Chatsworth Farmyard and Adventure Playground
The farmyard at Chatsworth has been a favourite day out for children of all ages since 1973.
Business Directory Carriage House Restaurant at Chatsworth
Our award winning Carriage House restaurant offers freshly made local and seasonal food, prepared by Chatsworth's team of chefs and bakers.
Business Directory The Cavendish Rooms at Chatsworth
Located in the picturesque 18th century stable block, the Cavendish rooms offer a relaxing and quintessentially English dining experience.
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