The Vale of Belvoir (pronounced locally as "beaver") forms part of the counties of Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire and is right in the heart of the English countryside. The name Belvoir dates back to Norman times and means "beautiful view".
At the Heart of Belvoir sits Belvoir Castle which has been the ancestral home of the Manner's Family for five hundred years and is currently the family home of 11th Duke and Duchess of Rutland and their family. The present Castle is the fourth to have stood on the site since Norman times. The existing Castle was completed in the early 19th century after previous buildings suffered complete or partial destruction during the Wars of the Roses, the Civil War and a major fire in 1816.
The Vale of Belvoir is steeped in many rural traditions, one that it is best known for is Fox Hunting. There are three main hunting groups, Belvoir, Cottesmore and Quorn that all hunt in the Vale of Belvoir area. Many famous personages, including royalty, have hunted over the last 200 years and the events leading to the well-known expression "Painting the town red" took place in Melton Mowbray, and much of these times has been recorded by famous artists including John Ferneley, Charlie Johnson Payne ("Snaffles") and Sir Francis Grant.
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