Leicestershire’s historic Belvoir Castle has undergone a fairytale Christmas makeover this year – and the results are rather wonderful.
The stately home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland – tucked away in the heart of the picturesque Vale of Belvoir, north of Melton – has been transformed by some spectacular festive trimmings and decorations.
Complete with roaring open hearth fire and huge, sparkling Christmas tree, they evoke picture book memories of a bygone era of Christmas past.
Although all of the rooms inside the iconic landmark won’t be open to visitors this month, due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions in the county, people can still, however, enjoy a glimpse of the spectacular yuletide displays.
They have been created designer Charlotte Lloyd Webber in the Guard Room of the Castle, writes LincolnshireLive.
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Other decorations have seen a Santa’s Grotto installed in the Castle’s Old Kitchen and a Christmas Gift Shop open up. Visits must be pre-booked online to avoid queues and ensure social distancing.
The Duchess of Rutland said: “Christmas is one of my favourite times of year, where the castle always exudes a sense of magic and feels even more special. Every year we want our visitors to see something unique and feel the magic of Christmas with their loved ones and families, but it feels even more important this year.
“With the installations, Santa’s Grotto, our Winter Garden Trail and The Engine Yard hosting its third Christmas market, there’s plenty of reasons to visit the castle.”
Charlotte Lloyd Webber said: “In anticipation for Christmas 2021 and to give visitors a taste of what’s to come, this year we’ve transformed the Guard Room into a winter wonderland that can be appreciated by all ages.”
Belvoir’s historic landscaped gardens are also open for walks.
To view ticket prices, dates and opening times and book for all events, go to the Castle’s website.