Day trip: Chatsworth House on board the Belmond British Pullman
Prices from £425 per person
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Dates: – 2020 dates now available – 8th April & 2nd September 2020
Board the beautiful art deco carriages of the Belmond British Pullman train for a delightful day out to Chatsworth House. The home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and surrounded by rolling green landscape, it is one of Britain’s finest country houses.
Departing from London at approximately 08:45 and returning the same day at 21:30. Confirmed timings will be supplied with your travel documents.
A fine-dining experience awaits in the sumptuous vintage carriages, each one individually crafted with intricate marquetry panels and authentic period features. Your table is set with white linen, specially commissioned china and sparkling cut glassware. A delicious three-course brunch is served by liveried stewards, who are on hand to take care of all your needs. Sit back, relax and marvel at the ever-changing views through your picture window. Arriving in Derbyshire around midday, you will be escorted by coach to Chatsworth. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore at leisure. Wander round the beautiful gardens designed by ‘Capability’ Brown, stop for refreshments at the café and peruse the extensive gift shop. The fun continues as you re-board the train for your journey home. You are welcomed with a champagne reception, after which a gastronomic five-course dinner is served with our sommelier’s selection of wine. Few things are as quintessentially British as a day trip by rail—travel aboard the Belmond British Pullman and make the journey as magical as the destination. .
What to Wear
Smart day-wear is appropriate; You can never be over dressed on this iconic train. Please do not wear jeans or trainers.
The Belmond British Pullman
The Belmond British Pullman is glorious in every respect. Originally conceived as “Palaces on Wheels” by George Mortimer Pullman, each lavishly appointed carriage is an original 1920s and 30s masterpiece from the golden age of rail travel.
Lovingly restored with breathtaking attention to detail, each car is a symphony of intricate marquetry, inlaid mosaic floors, sparkling crystal and beautiful Art Deco design.
Relax within deeply upholstered armchairs and celebrate the sovereignty of Britain’s gloriously unique heritage. Sip champagne and embrace an element of the world’s most romantic and exclusive adventure.
The Belmond British Pullman can carry up to 226 passengers and the carriages seat between 20 and 26 passengers in each. On board passengers are seated in either ‘coupé’s’ (small compartments seating up to four people) or in the open car mostly at tables for two. There is a limited number of single tables and tables for three in the open car.
The Belmond British Pullman takes its name from George Mortimer Pullman, an American, who in 1864 built The Pioneer, the first railway carriage designed with true comfort for the passenger. The later creation of the Pullman Car Company in 1882 led to his domination of luxury train travel in Britain from that time onwards.
These luxury day cars formed the train that would take passengers from London to the English Channel ports as part of the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, as well as travelling the length and breadth of Great Britain.
The history of the train lies in the individual carriages which today form the Belmond British Pullman. The carriages have changed hands many times during their lifetime and bring with them stories and events which give them their unique character.