Visitors to Belvoir Castle can enjoy a luxurious night at Vale House, a boutique guest house that has just reopened after a refurbishment. The guest house is located at the foot of Belvoir Castle, in the craft village Engine Yard with its independent shops, bar and restaurant.
The striking pink facade of the Georgian building has been retained while the interior has been completely transformed. The rooms are named after the famous castle gardens, from Blackberry Hill and Hermit’s Garden to Frog Hollow and Rose Garden.
The bespoke bedrooms were all designed and detailed by Her Grace, the Duchess of Rutland. Each room aims to provide a peaceful place to stay with Coach House furnishings, luxury Miter linens, and Duchess Gallery artwork and lighting.
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Double, triple and quadruple rooms offer a wide choice for couples, families and friends. Guests can order a continental breakfast basket or sample the Fuel Tank Café menu.
The guest house is complemented by the Duchess Parlour, a champagne and tea room on the ground floor, which also serves as a breakfast room for guests. With its jewel colors, butterfly wallpaper, mirrored bar, hand-painted pink teardrop chandeliers and bespoke “Her Grace” china, this extravagantly decorated space is described as having “a touch of from Bridgerton”, as well as plenty of Instagram opportunities and an outdoor seating terrace.
The Duchess Parlor will be open to all visitors to the Engine Yard from Thursday to Sunday each week. Its seasonal menu will offer summer salads, seafood platters, canapés and bubbles.
The Duchess of Rutland said: “With so much to enjoy on the estate and further afield in this beautiful rural setting, we wanted to create an overnight offer for our visitors who wish to stay a little longer. It has been a labor of love for me as my passion is interiors and design and I am delighted with the results.
You will receive a 25% discount on entrance tickets to the castle and the garden. Other places to stay on the estate include glamping options — including bell tents, a gypsy cart, and a shepherd’s hut — and three self-contained properties, including a luxurious lakeside lodge. You can now book a stay via the website.