Work is currently under way on the 19th Chatsworth Holiday Cottage. Russian Cottage is situated in a secluded location near Calton Lees at Chatsworth, and was a gift to the 6th Duke of Devonshire in 1855 by Tzar Nicholas of Russia. The two men had become friends following the Duke's visit to Russia in 1816 when he served as the British Ambassador to Moscow. An exchange visit in 1844 was planned but unfortunately the Tsar had to cancel his visit. Instead he sent Russian Cottage with its intricate carvings and window surrounds as a reminder and keepsake.

The accommodation is being designed to make the most of the panoramic views across Calton Pastures and will sleep four people. The Duchess of Devonshire is working on a Russian theme and the interiors are certain to be luxurious. Accommodation will comprise of one double and one twin bedroom, both en-suite, a kitchen dining room and drawing room. We hope that Russian Cottage will be up and running in late summer 2012 following the refurbishment.

To keep up to date with developments at Russian Cottage, see our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ChatsworthEstateHolidayCottages or website at http://www.chatsworth.org/stay-with-us/chatsworth-holiday-cottages or telephone Sandra or Sara at the holiday cottages office on 01246 565379.

The holiday cottages team

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