Over the next ten years, the Devonshire Group will invest £50m in its heritage properties and landscapes, specifically in their repair, restoration, improvement and development.
The properties and landscapes which make up the Chatsworth Estate have a deep and rich history, the preservation of which requires constant care and attention.
In 2018/19, a total of £6.2m was spent by the Devonshire Group on repair and restoration, including over £2.8m of restoration projects at Chatsworth. On the wider estate, projects included the conversion of three properties in to holiday cottages and the repair of over 1000m of dry stone walls.
The £32.7 million Masterplan was one of the largest projects undertaken at Chatsworth since 1828. The building’s stonework and roof were repaired and restored, and services updated. Internal works delivered new and improved display spaces, ensuring the entire visitor route is now wheelchair accessible.
With the completion of the Masterplan in 2018, attention will now be given to the conservation needs of the surrounding structures. Repairs and maintenance work has already begun on the stables. Built between 1758 and 1766 by James Paine for the 4th Duke of Devonshire, the stables now houses a shop, restaurants, offices and accommodation.