Hardwick Hall, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, England

What a day! 

Sorry this post is a week late, I've been really busy just lately. So... to start the day we were blessed with some beautiful sunshine and some unexpected warm weather! 
We made the most of it by eating a mini English breakfast outside and having a quick dip in the pool before we headed off to Chesterfield. The nice weather didn't last for long...

Wearing my Jack Wills Bikini

Hardwick Hall

So, off we went to Chesterfield to visit Hardwick Hall in Doe Lea. In true British style we packed waterproofs and a big umbrella as the forecast was 'thunder and rain'. 

The building is magnificent and the grounds are wonderfully kept! This was also filmed as the location for the dark Harry Potter film, The Deathly Hallows. Hardwick Hall has the perfect architecture for the sinister Malfoy manor! The towers were altered slightly but you can certainly tell this is Hardwick Hall. The hall itself was built in 1500's by the Bess of Hardwick. 

Malfoy Manor in the Harry Potter Films

Look at the size of these antlers!

Gorgeous views

Hardwick Inn

Literally just down the road from Hardwick Hall we found Hardwick Inn. We always try to sample the local pub when we visit new places and Hardwick Inn was great. We tried some of Bess of Hardwick Bitter then made our way back up to the hall for the Summer Nights film... 

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