What can I say? You simply must come to Leicestershire; hunting here is like riding in the garden of Eden …
Just wanted to let you know how my week in Leicestershire is going.
We arrived at Belvoir yesterday and were greeted by a Piper on the Castle walls! Following a welcome by the Duchess of Rutland we were shown to our rooms — and my what rooms! — mine being the room that Queen Victoria had once stayed in! Words cannot describe the beauty here at Belvoir.
I awaken to the voices of the Belvoir Black and Tan’s in the morning from the Kennels below.
Today (Monday) we are off for a day with the Quorn. The meet is at Hickling and I’ve been told to expect a fabulous day over the cream of their country. Tomorrow we can’t decide — it’s either a high day with the Cottesmore — a meet at Knossington over their formidable hedges or over to Lincolnshire with the Belvoir to try their dykes and ditches with wide open country and minimal roads.
Wednesday — a day off — take a grand tour around the castle and grounds with their Archivist, and of course, visit the stunning Belvoir Kennels. We may even take a day’s shooting here at Belvoir. It is also only an hour away from London, so we could jump on a speedy train for some shopping and a matinee Theatre performance.
Thursday we are definitely off with The Belvoir — they have a meet at Croxton Park (Belvoir’s Shooting and Hunting Lodge) — which is steeped in hunting history since Medieval times.
Friday — back to the Quorn with a meet at Ingarsby Hall and Saturday another Belvoir day in the Vale at Long Clawson — can’t wait to try those hedges!
So pleased we are hunting most days as the food here at Belvoir is simply amazing, and if I eat one more Melton Mowbray Pork Pie I feel I may not fit into my hunt coat.
I feel like I am a true Meltonian!
Wish you were here.
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The Duchess of Rutland and Caroline Stewart will be attending the Virginia Foxhound Show
Cameron Sadler, MFH from Moore County Hounds N.C., experienced first hand the hospitality and excitement of hunting at Belvoir Castle:
"This was a terrific opportunity to hunt across the Belvoir’s beautiful countryside while watching a lovely pack of hounds do what they were made for, on a great horse. When Caroline met us after the hunt with a basket of delicious goodies and drinks, it was the perfect finish to a great day."