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Belvoir Castle is a stately home in the English county of Leicestershire, overlooking the Vale of Belvoir. Belvoir castle has been the home of the Manners family for five hundred years, and seat of the dukes of Rutland for over three centuries. A corner of the castle is still used as the family home of the Manners family and remains the seat of the Dukes of Rutland. The present Castle is the fourth building to have stood on the site since Norman times.. It is a Grade I listed building. The castle is open to the public and contains many works of art.

The castle is open to the public. Highlights include lavish staterooms, the most famous being the Elizabeth Saloon (named after the wife of the 5th Duke), the Regents Gallery and the Roman inspired State Dining Room.The castle sits in a vast estate of almost 15,000 acres (120 km²). The landscaped grounds, nearer the castle, are also open and the Root Houses, built by the fifth Duke's wife, can also be seen. The present Duchess is restoring Belvoir Gardens, which includes the Secret Valley Garden and the Rustic Summerhouse of 1800.

 

 

 

 

Belvoir means beautiful view in French, though it is pronounced “Beaver”, like the other Belvoir Castle, a Crusader Castle in modern Syria. The name "Belvoir" is a Norman import by the French-speaking conquerors, though the native Anglo-Saxon population was unable to pronounce such a foreign word, preferring to call it " Beaver Castle". Belvoir Castle is still pronounced "Beaver" -- despite its spelling.

The castle is near several villages, including Redmile, Woolsthorpe, Knipton, Harston, Harlaxton, Croxton Kerrial and Bottesford, and the town of Grantham.



Address:
Belvoir Castle (UK)
Grantham
Leicestershire NG32 1PE
England

Contact
Telephone from the UK: 01476 871002
Telephone from the US: 010 44 1476 871002
Telephone from France: 00 44 1476 871002
Telephone from other countries: +44 (0)1476 871002

Fax: 01476 87044
Website: http://www.belvoircastle.com
e-mail: info@belvoircastle.com

Google map showing the location of Belvoir Castle (UK)

 

Google map showing Belvoir Castle (UK)

 

A Norman castle originally stood on the high ground in this spot. During the English Civil War, it was one of the more notable strongholds of the king's supporters. It eventually passed into the hands of the Dukes of Rutland and following a fire, was rebuilt by the wife of the 5th Duke, and gained its present Gothic castle look. The architect James Wyatt was chiefly responsible for this restructuring, and the result is a building which bears a superficial resemblance to a medieval castle, its central tower reminiscent of Windsor Castle.

Belvoir was a royal manor until it was granted to Robert, 1st baron de Ros in 1257. When that family died out in 1508 the manor and castle passed to George Manners, who inherited the castle and barony through his mother. His son was created Earl of Rutland in 1525, and John Manners, 9th Earl of Rutland was created Duke of Rutland in 1703..

The Queen's Royal Lancers Regimental Museum of the 17th and 21st Lancers was established here in 1964 but was required to leave in October 2007.

The estate is open to the public and offers a range of outdoor activities - shooting, fishing, quad biking and four-by-four driving. Throughout the year they host sheep, duck and dog exhibitions.

The Duke and Duchess of Rutland also manage Manners Arms, a country hotel and restaurant on the Belvoir estate

Since spring 2006, the castle has been the venue for an annual folk music weekend. Organised by volunteers. Performers from all over the region forgo their usual fees and expenses, for the chance to play in Belvoir's ballroom, guardroom, old servants' hall and the Regent's gallery.

Belvoir Castle is the host of Belvoir Fireworks. a pyrotechnic and firework competition.

 

 

 

 

Shooting

The Belvoir Estate offers a fine partridge and pheasant shoot in most interesting and beautiful surroundings.

 

Fishing

The three lakes at Belvoir provide wonderful coarse fishing in stunning surroundings.

 

 

 

 

Film Location For:


Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980)    with Alec Guiness

Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)    Nicholas Rowe and Alan Cox

Haunting (1999)    

Jack and the Beanstalk (2001)    Jim Henson production

The Da Vinci Code (2006)    representing the Pope's summer residence at Castel Gandolfo

The Young Victoria (2008)    

 

 

 

 

 

Arms of the Dukes of Rutland (with an inescutcheon)

 

Arms of the Dukes of Rutland (with a viscounts coronet and the helm facing the wrong way)

 

 

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