Ever popular Chatsworth, in the Derbyshire Peak District, has been in the Cavendish family, the current Dukes of Devonshire, for more than 450 years. This is one stately home where there is no question that the contents outshine the 1,000 acre, Capability Brown-landscaped park. A passion for art collecting, across five centuries, has resulted in one of Europe's finest private art collections. More than 4,000 years worth of art is represented - from classical sculptures to contemporary works.
Highlight: Don't miss the Lucian Freud paintings and Elisabeth Frink sculptures.