One of my all time favourite picnic spots is Chatsworth in Derbyshire.
Situated near Bakewell, this stunning house was made famous in the movie adaptation of Jane Austin’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ as Mr Darcy’s residence, Pemberley. And it isn’t difficult to see why Chatsworth was chosen as Darcy’s grand residence. It has the most idyllic setting, nestled into a small valley, it almost seems to have its own microclimate and retains the heat with very little breeze on a hot summers day. The house itself is architectural perfection and looks out onto a stream, luscious green gardens and hills, which if you walk over will take you into nearby Bakewell. To the south of the stream is where we love to throw down our blanket and sit and eat our picnic. It gives the best views in which to take in this landscape in its entirety.
To me, this is the perfect stately home and one of the best places I know for a lazy afternoon enjoying a spot of food with a view.