Chatsworth Christmas Market

IMG_7746We had to change plans for Thursday 19th November at our Bolehill cottages near Bakewell (see here) as the weather forecast had changed between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.  Originally we had planned to go to Carlton Lees car park after lunch as showers were forecast for the morning and then walk to Chatsworth to visit the Christmas market.  By Thursday morning the forecast had switched with showers in the afternoon so we set of mid morning for Chatsworth only to find us joining a queue for IMG_7754Chatsworth by the time we reached Edensor.  So we turned into Edensor and had coffee and cake.  That was a good idea as when we left the tea room we found a parking space in the village.  We then walked over to the market from there with Smudge.  The market was busy but not too crowded and we made our way around the 150 stalls.  I made a few purchases, some being IMG_7757Christmas presents.  Although cloudy it was still dry at lunchtime and we had some lunch in the stables courtyard. We bumped into one of our guests and also the previous owners of Bolehill.  There were a number of small herds of deer on the way back to the car and they did not seem to mind us or Smudge passing relatively close to them.  We got back to the car just as it started to rain.  Good timing.  Back home via the Farm shop of course.  Friday started IMG_7765dry but as the day progressed there were a few showers, luckily none were wintry but they were expected.  No departures but three arrivals and one cleaner here.  Down to Bakewell first thing to get provisions for the weekend.  All cottages cleaned and checked by 3pm.  Two arrival just after 3pm, both have been before.  Third arrival at 4.30.  Down to Bakewell to Hattersleys the wine IMG_7776merchants for their winter wine tasting then fish and chips to round off the evening!