The unveiling of the new spaces in the house, the remarkable new displays, and the restored courtyard, have all attracted very positive media coverage, which is a relief! What I had not expected was how warm the coverage has been - writers genuinely bowled over by the amount there is to see that is new, refreshed, unexpected and exciting. Frank Barrett, travel editor of the Mail on Sunday, kindly referred to Chatsworth as 'one of the world's most extraordinary tourist attractions'. and their sister paper, the Mail, has also given us very positive coverage Richard Dorment has written a beautiful piece in the Daily Telegraph this Saturday, and so many other national papers, TV news programmes and radio stations have also given us their time. We look forward to a Front Row programme on BBC Radio 4, likely to go out on Easter Monday, for which John Wilson came up to interview the Duke, Michael Craig Martin and the sitter for his colourful, ever-changing new computer portrait, Laura Burlington.

But the prize for most unexpected acclaim goes to Kelvin MacKenzie in the Sun. 'Before you kick the bucket,' he said, 'you must visit is simply marvellous.' Not a man renowned for his soft heart, it was good to get such a mention from this man of the people. Now we want to know what you all think. When you visit, please let us know!

Simon Seligman


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