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Any cottage in the midst of nature makes you think it comes straight out of a fairytale- and no house on the Chatsworth Estate is more romantically situated than Swiss Cottage. A picturesque building, set up high on the hill behind Chatsworth, it offers a peaceful and secluded site in which to enjoy the ultimate self-catering holiday.
Swiss Cottage boasts an idyllic secluded location and was built between 1839 and 1842 as part of the 6th Duke of Devonshire's many improvements to the Chatsworth Estate. It was designed by Joseph Paxton or his associate John Robertson, as an 'eye-catcher' in the landscape, to be admired on carriage rides or walks around the estate.
The drive up to Swiss Cottage takes you through historic Stand Wood, with its magnificent trees, where you may encounter a 'ruined' aqueduct, and other waterfalls and stone steps, designed by Paxton.
At the top of the hill, there are sensational views and a series of man-made lakes. The Emperor lake feeds the famous fountain of the same name in the Chatsworth garden, but the Swiss lake, from which the cottage takes its name, was dug out to supply water to the 1st Duke's cascade in the 1690s. You have unlimited access to this landscape during your stay.
Built as a gamekeepers cottage, the building has been completely restored by the Duchess of Devonshire, right down to the shelves of books on Swiss themes.
Dogs are welcomed at a rate of £25 per dog per stay, please advise our reservations team when making your booking that you shall be bringing a dog with you.
* Please be advised that the lake is currently drained due to essential maintenance work.
Please note that Chatsworth House is closed during the winter months, reopening on 21st March 2020 until 6th September 2020. Although Chatsworth House itself is closed during winter, you can take advantage of free parking on the estate until 21st March 2020 and explore the beautiful grounds, shops and restaurants, alongside miles of walking in stunning surroundings.
Chatsworth House is open for the annual Christmas exhibition from 7th November 2020 until 3rd January 2021 before closing for winter until March 2021 (Chatsworth House, Garden and Farmyard are closed on 24th, 25th, 26th December 2020 and 1st January 2021).
- Well-equipped kitchen
- Private garden with access to water's edge (not child proof)
- Central Heating
- Off-road parking
- Complimentary Wi-Fi (subject to availability)
- Welcome Pack
- Linen and Towels
- Log Fire
- 1.5 Miles from Chatsworth