Moor View Cottage, Chatsworth Estate

Moor View Cottage became part of the Chatsworth collection in 2020.

Built in 1912, Moor View is a Grade II listed property, inspired by the Arts and Crafts era and designed by architect Romaine Walker. Until recently, it was the home of Lady Elizabeth, the Duke of Devonshire’s aunt, with special significance for the family.

Situated in the grounds of Chatsworth itself, it is very different to the rest of the Chatsworth holiday cottages due to its architectural heritage and sentiment.

Our brief was to restore its original heritage, lost in successive renovations, whilst updating the décor and facilities.

This was achieved by adding back architectural panelling, dado, period wallpaper, restoring fireplaces, and adding stencils to ceiling and walls that would have been in keeping with the property.

The bathrooms were completely reconfigured and spatially arranged. We mixed traditional fittings with some state-of-the-art showerheads that double up as a light. These look crisp and new; however, do not look out of place.

We relocated the kitchen to make it work better with the layout of the cottage. In keeping with the arts and crafts period, details like tiling behind the Aga and forged hinges give it a period feel.

We were able to repurpose a great deal of the original furniture – and some from the Chatsworth collection – and bring it up to commercial standards. The dining table, for examples, comes from Chatsworth stores and we refurbished its top.

The overall colour palette is of bold, rich colours that give a feeling of warmth and an Artistic vibe, lending itself to the Arts and Crafts / Bloomsbury movement.

Curtains are all new, selected for their classic period prints – in keeping with original fabrics.

A mix of original and newly purchased antiques sit alongside a library containing books donated by the Duke & Duchess.