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Hardwick Hall - 9 miles SE of Chesterfield (National Trust)

The house, built between 1591 and 1597 for Elizabeth, Dowager Countess of Shrewsbury (commonly referred to as 'Bess of Hardwick'), is an important example of late 16th-century architecture. The gardens, laid out in a series of walled courtyards, contain herb, shrub and flower borders.