Devonshire Estate – Chatsworth Hotel

Owned by the Duke of Devonshire since the 1830’s, the former Peacock Inn was restored and rebuilt in the 1970’s and renamed the Cavendish with care being taken to preserve its original character; the Duchess herself selecting décor and furnishings, some of which came from Chatsworth House itself. < Back to Projects

Our brief was to redesign the interior of Rooms 1-7, situated in the oldest wing of the building’s front elevation looking out over rolling parkland to Chatsworth House itself. All rooms have the same physical layout and our challenge was to make each room individual but with a subtle linking theme.

All 7 rooms share the same layout and their massive windows share some of the most spectacular views of the English countryside. Working closely with the Duchess and her team, we started on site in January 2014 completing mid-March, with Chatsworth House opening its gates to the public the following day!

We kept all the walls pale and added bold splashes of colour with coordinated soft furnishings, furniture and window treatments.

Timeless window treatments of soft floral linens, unique to each room, turned each huge window into a light filled showcase.

Bespoke furniture was a mixture of painted oak and mahogany giving a sense of formality, elegance and comfort, without being too traditional or too stuffy.

The Duchess was keen for one of the rooms to take on a particular uniquely brave character; this room features bold, confident colours whilst retaining an elegance that befits its location and heritage.

Client Testimonial

"I’ve worked with Rachel since 2007 on a number of projects, starting with the award winning Black Swan Tearoom & Hotel in Helmsley before achieving the same transformation at Feversham Arms Hotel, Verbena Spa, Clumber Park Hotel & Spa and latterly on various projects around the Devonshire Estate.

With Rachel, it’s much more about the ultimate function of the areas and how things fit into that space than merely the aesthetics. Soft furnishings, fixtures and fittings are very important because they are what our guests see first, but Rachel’s process ensures these are underpinned by the spatial planning that takes part at the beginning of every project. Attention to detail and professionalism are a given and I would recommend the services of Rachel McLane Ltd without hesitation"

Simon Rhatigan - Managing Director, Devonshire Hotels & Restaurants