Dress: Dorothy Perkins; cardi, belt & tights: Topshop; cami & shoes: M&S
Last Thursday – a week ago today – we decided to celebrate being on holiday by visiting a National Trust property. Hardwick Hall in Debyshire is one of the houses belonging to the Devonshires – alongside Chatsworth, Bolton Abbey, Devonshire House, etc.
Hardwick Hall as it is now was built by Bess of Hardwick in the 1570s – prior to this her family had lived in he Old Hall, a couple of hundred metres away. This was left to ruin once the new hall was complete, and makes an interesting trip in its own right.
Cape coat, beret & bag: charity shop; boots: a gift from DapperI recently read the biography Elizabeth and Georgiana: the Duke of Devonshire and his two duchesses by Caroline Chapman, and as such have developed an interest in this particular British dynasty. The entire family line fascinates me, from Bess of Harwick in the 16th century, right down to the Dowager Duchess Deborah Devonshire, one of the Mitford girls whose biography was released in 2012.