The great house and grounds owned by Mr Darcy
in Pride and Prejudice
, said to be based on the real house of Chatsworth
, the home of the Dukes of Devonshire
(which it still is to this day). Cunningly Jane Austen
also mentions Chatsworth as such, i.e. under its own name, in the properties visited by Elizabeth Bennet
and the Gardiner
s in Derbyshire, in addition to Pemberley.
It is here, where she witnesses the enormous respect that the servants of the house have for Mr Darcy, that she begins to realise there is a lot more of good in him than she had suspected.
Now used in the name (as "Republic of Pemberley", egad!) of the main Jane Austen fan Web site.