A plain, almost stark exterior belies an interior full of unusual objects ammassed by a succession of eccentric owners. Here you will find fossils, stuffed birds, mammals, and other peculiar artefacts. Ticknall, Derby, Derbyshire, England, DE73 7LE
Casterne Hall is a Grade-II listed Georgian manor house in a lovely setting within the Peak District National Park. The site has been occupied for almost 2000 years, and sections of Roman buildings are incorporated into the foundations of the current house. Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England, DE6 2BA
An attractive Georgian manor house of red brick, set in parkland beside the River Trent, Catton Hall has been the home of the Nelson family since 1405, but the current house was designed by James Wyatt and built by Smith of Warwick in 1742.
One of the great country houses of England, set in superb parklands, Chatsworth is the home of the Dukes of Devonshire. The house was begun as an Elizabethan mansion by Bess of Hardwick, then rebuilt starting in 1686 to create an opulent 'statement' of the family's wealth and status. Everything at Chatwsorth is on a massive scale, extravagant and designed to impress (it does). The interior are full of fineart and furniture. You can't run out of superlatives about Chatsworth. Bakewell, Derbyshire, England, DE45 1PP
A superb historic house, begun by Peveril, the illegitimate son of William the Conqueror. That early Hall was heavily altered in the Tudor and Jacobean periods, but the State rooms have remained essentially unaltered since the 18th century. At the centre of the house is the marvellous 14th century Great Hall. Bakewell, Derbyshire, England, DE45 1LA
Hardwick Hall is an Elizabethan mansion built in 1590 by Bess of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury. One of the most remarkable women of the Elizabethan age, Bess built an extraordinary house that amazed her contemporaries with its huge expanse of windows. At a time when window glass was extremely expensive, such a show of wealth and extravagance earned Hardwick fame as a popular rhyme suggests: "Hardwick Hall, more glass than wall". Hardwick is exceptional in that so much of the interior furnishings have remained unchanged since the house was built over 400 years ago. Look for Whiteface Woodland sheep and Longhorn cattle in the country park that surrouds the house, or enjoy a walk through the walled courtyards which enclose formal gardens, an orchard, and a herb garden. Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, S44 5QJ
A magnificent stately home, begun in 1759 by the wealthy Curzon family, and finished masterfully by Robert Adam. Unusually, the house was open to the public from its inception; the family did not live in Kedleston Hall, but in a nearby pavilion. near Quarndon, Derby, Derbyshire, England, DE22 5JH
Melbourne Hall started as a rectory for the parish church of Melbourne, with roots as far back as the 13th century, but in the early 17th century it became a private residence for members of the Coke family, in whose hands it remains today. Church Square, Melbourne, Derbyshire, England, DE73 8EN
Sudbury Hall is a magnificent 17th century mansion built by George Vernon around 1660. Vernon called in master carver Grinling Gibbons to help decorate his new house interiors. Today those same interiors are sparsely furnished, allowing the splendid Restoration interior decoration to be easily seen. Sudbury is home to the National Trust's popular Museum of Childhood, showing what it was like to grow up in England from the Georgian period to the present day. Main Road, Sudbury, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England, DE6 5HT
Sutton Scarsdale Hall is the roofless shell of a grand Georgian mansion set in lovely gardens. The house was built in neoclassical Palladian style between 1724-1729 by architect Francis Smith of Warwick for the Earl of Scarsdale. Smith was also responsible for Stoneleigh Abbey in Warwickshire. Hall Drive, Sutton Scarsdale, Derbyshire, England, S44 5UR
The Boot has been renovated and refurbished by itÂs current owners to a very high standard and now offers luxurious accommodation award winning classic and contemporary dishes and real ales including Boot Beer - which is brewed in The BootÂs own micro-brewery.