On my England trip with Kristine Hughes Patrone of Number One London Tours, we stopped in Derby. Kristine was thinking about using a hotel in Derby as the main place to stay during her upcoming country house tours, but the city wasn’t really quite what we had in mind.
It did have a lovely cathedral, though:
And a short distance away we discovered Kedelston Hall.
Kedelston Hall has been the country seat of the Curzon family since the 1200s. The Curzons were the second most wealthy landowners in Derbyshire, second only to the Cavendishes–the Duke of Devonshire and Chatsworth. (To hear about our visit to Chatsworth, see my Risky Regencies Post.)
Sir Nathanial Curzon, later Baron Scarsdale, commissioned the house in 1759. The architects he originally hired designed the house in the Palladian style, but Curzon fired them and hired a relatively new architect to complete the house. The new architect was Robert Adam.
Robert Adam designed a beautiful neoclassical building and continued to design the interior in that style. The state rooms are beautiful examples of Adams’ use of decorative plasterwork, symmetry, and color.
Especially lovely about Kedelston Hall were the docents in each room. All we had to do was say, “Tell us about this room” and they told us everything, including some secrets hidden behind the walls!
It was a lovely day and a lovely surprise!