Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire

Belvoir Castle is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland and has been lived in by the Manners family for a thousand years.

Belvoir Castle shoot captain Phil Burtt and new head keeper Tim Rolfe hold up to 90 days each season across four beats offering pheasants and partridges on the 16,000-acre estate. For those who wish to make the occasion extra special, accommodation can be provided in Belvoir Castle. Choose from 11 exquisite en-suite bedrooms, such as the Wellington Room, the King’s Rooms or the Chinese rooms.

“Typically, around 40 teams of guns stay in the castle each season,” explains the Duchess. “We serve pre-dinner drinks in one of the state rooms or in the private drawing-room followed by a delicious dinner of locally sourced ingredients from the Belvoir estate and surrounding area.”

If you want to party until dawn the shoot room turns into a nightclub. “We can lay on a disco and karaoke for guns and their partners. Or you can simply enjoy a quieter nightcap in front of the roaring fire, retiring to a cosy sitting room with your own private bar. The next morning, guests can be woken up to the piper playing up and down the north terrace.”

Pheasant- and partridge-shooting starts from £27.50 per bird + VAT.

Full board at Belvoir Castle is £395 + VAT per person.

For more information, call Sara Buck on 01476 871046 or email.

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