Chatsworth and artisan makers across Derbyshire and the Peak District are enjoying the fruits of collaboration as the estate increasingly looks to local, sustainable and ethical brands to create exclusive products.
Chatsworth is one of the leading retail players in the heritage sector with Christmas seeing tens of thousands of visitors pass through its Orangery gift shop alone each year, and is now launching its biggest ever collection for the autumn/winter season.
As part of its commitment to find the very best local, sustainable, ethical and exclusive products, Chatsworth is constantly seeking out the best of British craft-makers. Artisan biscuits, scented candles, seasonal spirits, Gardener’s Tap ale brewed on the estate, jewellery inspired by the family and deluxe bedding made with traceable sheep’s wool are just some of the items in the autumn/winter collection launching this October.
Lady Burlington has been leading the way in sourcing for the Derbyshire estate including a switch to more sustainable festive decorations made with recycled materials inspired by the Nordic Christmas theme in the house this year.
Lady Burlington said: “We have the opportunity to collaborate with businesses right here on our doorstep to develop new products inspired by the house and garden that have an authentic connection to Chatsworth. We are looking across our businesses and seeing where we can be more sustainable and constantly looking to make improvements in this area, one of the easiest ways is to find more suppliers closer to home. We encourage local makers to make contact with us and hope that Chatsworth can be a platform to promote the best of the locality.”
Cuckoostone is an award-winning craft distillery based in the small Derbyshire village of Barlow set up by life partners to create spirits which are linked to the Peak District, using foraged and home grown botanicals. In 2021, this partnership with Chatsworth grew, with the release of limited edition Limoncello and Orangecello distilled with lemons and oranges sourced from the Chatsworth Kitchen Garden. A Sloe Gin and a Plum Gin using fruit from the garden are also being released in time for Christmas.
Ade Cole, from Cuckoostone, said: “As a small, rural artisan business, our relationship with Chatsworth is extremely important to build our profile. This year we have been lucky enough to work with Chatsworth collaboratively to create some amazing products using fruit from the Kitchen Garden and wider estate. These projects have been a lifeline to our business during such volatile times.”
Mick Brown, Production Garden Manager, said: ”It’s fantastic to see such a wonderful range of high quality products being developed by local artisans using the produce our team is growing. They are really proud of their contribution. The collaboration with local business and the connection to local communities definitely adds value to what they already provide for use in the various estate kitchens and hopefully enriches our visitors’ experience of the garden.”
The Chatsworth Collection of deluxe bedding, created by The Woolroom using wool from sheep that graze on the estate parkland, is another example of collaborative new product development, in line with the commitment to finding the best local and sustainable companies. Chatsworth chose The Woolroom as a partner as it creates products with the highest levels of sustainability and ethical sourcing.
Seasonal lines inspired by the Nordic Christmas in the house include Lucy Loveheart bespoke Nordic Christmas advent calendars and Christmas cards, and bespoke Christmas baubles, handcrafted and decorated in Stoke-on-Trent using traditional techniques.
The local family run C W Sellors will return with its popular Christmas boutique at the Stables during the festive period. With a passion for British gemstones, the company creates beautifully crafted fine jewellery, specialising in the use of the local Derbyshire Blue John. In collaboration with the Cavendish family, C W Sellors workshop also produced the Chatsworth House Style jewellery collection. The beautiful range draws upon the jewellery of the family over many generations including the distinctive renowned insect brooches, which belonged to Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire.
800 Christmas products will feature in the Orangery and the Stables shops and 820 Christmas food and drink products in the Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop and Christmas Marquee, including English wine from Renishaw Hall and an alcohol free selection.
The Stables shop, located at Chatsworth House is open every day from 10am to 5.30pm, with late opening to 7.30pm on selected dates in November and December and is accessible without the need to purchase an admission ticket. If you’re unable to visit in person, you can still enjoy Chatsworth at home with More than 100 Christmas gift lines and a wide selection of hampers are also available online at shop.chatsworth.org
For more information about visiting Chatsworth, go to chatsworth.org