We soaked in the incredible views of the stately home perched proudly in the surrounding autumn shades.
Snuggled in our layers we strolled through the grounds breathing in the fresh air and impressive landscape.
As we crunched through the leaves I quickly remembered why autumn is my favourite season, full of striking colours as the trees start changing to beautiful shades of copper tones.
To celebrate Sotheby’s 10th anniversary they brought the contemporary exhibition to Chatsworth, it was designed to present the landscape of British sculptures.
The exhibition cleverly entwined thirty sculptures into the garden. Scroll through my pictures to capture a glimpse of the exhibition highlights which has sadly now finished.
Protecting the hair from the drizzle I hid under my hat, grabbed my map and checked out Conrad Shawcross’ – Dappled Light of the Sun, that framed the exterior of the building fantastically.
The gigantic canal pond stretched out directly behind Chatsworth House and had a striking fountain shooting up.
Next up was Kenneth Armitage’s – Monitor.
We continued past the crisp brunt orange leaves as we headed under the canopy of trees.
The ring pond had numerous sculptures scattered around, Geoffrey Clarke displayed Battersea II & III.
Lynn Chadwick’s Dancing Figures created an awesome feature positioned between two curvaceous hedges.
I loved this blinding blue sculpture by Phillip King that provided a cool reflection into the pond.
^ Henry Moore’s, Three Piece Reclining Figure Draped.
We stomped through the leaves enjoying the crunching noises as we took cover under the trees when the rain decided to show up.
Once it passed we continued onto Bill Woodrow, Regardless of History that was nestled amongst the colourful rockery.
The rockery was the inspiration behind Chatsworth’s garden that was presented at Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year and won best show garden.
We discovered some of the largest plants we’d ever seen!
As you can see the grounds are naturally so magical and we fell in love with our peaceful stroll.
Angus Fairhurst’s sculpture of a gorilla checking out his reflection was such a great piece.
I made sure to get a close up, and nearly skidded on the wet mud surrounding him.
The most amazing part of the garden was this section that had vibrant shades of red planting that were unbelievably striking, it was as if they had been painted.
^ Anthony Gormley’s Big Gauge II was a cool contemporary piece with it’s stacked forms.
^ Barbara Hepworth’s – Sea Form Atlantic.
I could have happily spent hours sitting by this ridiculously pretty pond with my head nestled in a book, perched on a picnic blanket. I’ll have to return in summer to make that a reality.
William Turnball’s bright orange Sextet sculptures created sharp forms against the soft grass.
We then headed into the Maze with Lauren in charge of leading us through.
Lauren lead us to countless dead ends.
I decided to not trust her navigation and ran off finding my own escape route.
We eventually found each other and stumbled across Sarah Luca’s shining sculptures known as Florian and Kevin.
Towards the end of the canal pond Barbara Hepworth’s – The Family Man was located creating a dramatic piece overlooking the rolling hills in the distance.
^ Anthony Caro’s – Sunshine piece.
^ Phillip King’s; Reel.
We admired the architectural forms of the house one last time before heading off into the warmth.
We were truly amazed at how interesting the garden was and despite the cold could have easily spent many more hours exploring the grounds.
The Devonshire Arms in Pilsley was our home for the night, after having a little spruce up we nestled into a cosy section of the pub situation by a roaring fire.
Equipped with bubbles and a heart-warming roast we chatted away about all our best bits from the two exhibitions.
After such an adventurous day we retired to our room with another bottle of bubbly, some midnight snacks and a few rounds of Netflix.
We finished our evening with the ultimate girly sleepover that ended in heaps of giggles thankfully for you I won’t dare share our pajama wearing snaps.