The Belvoir Estate extends around the Vale of Belvoir, covering 16,000 acres of land and includes properties, park and woodland.
Although its beautiful turrets dominate the landscape, there’s far more to Belvoir Estate than just the hilltop castle. This was where the Normans first established a traditional motte and bailey castle enclosure. After a fire, it was rebuilt by John Webb in 1668 – you can read more about its history here.
A RICH AND VIBRANT HISTORY LINKS THE ESTATE
The whole estate has been the home of the Manners family since Tudor times. Its appeal stretches from the Castle to beautiful formal gardens dotted with classical statues and water features. You can wander through woodland to the Duchess’s Spring Garden fed by underground springs, so there are plants in bloom throughout the year.
Belvoir Estate also includes Knipton Reservoir, south of Belvoir Castle, situated between the villages of Knipton and Branston. It was designed to feed the 33-mile Grantham Canal, built in 1797 between Nottingham and Grantham to transport coal and fertiliser. The River Devon supplies Knipton Reservoir and Belvoir Upper and Lower Lake which were designed by Capability Brown.
Since the nineteenth century, Croxton Avenue has formed an important route between the Duke’s estates at Croxton Park in the south and Belvoir Castle to the north.
It’s easy to see how the fairy-tale Castle, parkland, lakes, valleys, exotic plants and trees create the perfect back-drop for filming and photo shoots.
No wonder it’s a sought after setting for film makers and production companies.
So there’s plenty for visitors to explore and appreciate. The team at Belvoir are committed to protecting and maintaining the Estate’s resources, both natural and man-made.