The eastern county of Lincolnshire is home to a great many historical delights. One of the finest properties in the county is Belvoir Castle. Once known solely as the seat of a wealthy family, the castle today is an exquisite public attraction, combining the perfect blend of stunning gardens and opulent rooms. With plenty of equally exquisite hotels nearby, the castle fits easily into your Lincolnshire holiday itinerary.
An Overview of Belvoir
Belvoir Castle is situated a short drive to the west of Grantham. The hilltop site has been home to a castle since Norman times, but the current building was erected by the wife of the 5th Duke of Rutland. The castle today has a Gothic appearance and sits at the centre of a vast estate, spanning some 15,000 acres.
The beautiful castle is a stately home, more luxury than military. The Grade-I listed building is kept to an impressively high standard, welcoming a large number of visitors each year. Interior highlights include the King's Rooms, designed exclusively for the Prince Regent, and the Elizabeth Saloon, the first room in England to be decorated in the style of Louis XIV.
The Belvoir Estate
The Belvoir Estate is spread across a vast area of 15,000 acres. Within this area, there's an enormous amount for visitors to do. Activities on the Belvoir Estate range from shooting and fishing to quad bike riding.
Probably the biggest attraction on the Belvoir Estate – beside the building itself – is the landscaped garden, which is as diverse as it is beautiful. Having undergone a number of transformations in its long history, the garden is now home to a host of separate areas. These include the Japanese woodlands, Duchess Garden and the Hermit’s Garden. Across the land visitors will find an array of statues, water features and exotic plants.
Decadent Hotels in Lincolnshire
The opulence of Belvoir Castle is enchanting, but there's no reason you have to leave all that luxury at the castle's gates. Lincolnshire is home to a number of similarly decadent hotels. The Branston Hall Hotel and the Woodhall Spa Manor both capture a similar level of grandeur and luxury to the Belvoir Castle. Each hotel is packed with relaxing facilities designed to enhance the visitor experience.