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Chatsworth House has been home to the same family since 1549. The 12th Duke of Devonshire, Peregrine Cavendish, and his wife Amanda have lived at it since 2006. The Duke inherited the house on the death of his father in 2004. He says: ‘My family has lived here for over 450 years. The estate has been passed down the Cavendish family for 15 generations, and I now have the pleasure A_______.’
Visitors often see him walking through the house and garden when it is open to the public. He says, ‘Chatsworth is a magical place , B_____________.’
Chatsworth is situated in the hills of Derbyshire, in the Midlands. Many people say it is the most beautiful house in England. It has nearly 300 rooms (with 17 staircases and 26 baths) C_________. It needs 500 staff to run. The art collection includes paintings by Raphael, van Dyck and Rembrandt. The whole estate is worth about £500 million.
It costs approximately £5 million a year to run Chatsworth, so the house has been open to the paying public since 1949, D___________. There are often art exhibitions, flower shows, horse trials, and some concerts in the ground.
Most English country houses were built during the 17th and 18th centuries by the aristocracy. The Duke likes to explain the historical background to Chatsworth.
‘Visitors wonder why it is so big. The reason is that my ancestors built a house fit for a king. It was designed to impress, E___________. ’
Many of the Cavendish family were politicians. One, William Cavendish, was Prime Minister from 1756-1757. Today families like the Cavendish have the same political influence, F___________.
1. and politicians, and more recently bands and film makers
2. and is set in 35,000 acres of land
3. and their estate are still huge
4. and to persuade royalty to visit and stay at a magnificent suite
5. and responsibility to look after it for the next generation
6. and in 2010 there were around 600,000 visitors
7. and I feel lucky to be able to share it with all of our visitors
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