Duchess of Rutland spent £1MILLION renovating six-bedroom cottage in grounds of Belvoir Castle – Daily Mail

Duchess of Rutland spent £1MILLION renovating a stylish six-bedroom cottage in the grounds of Belvoir Castle – and it’s now yours to rent for £1,155-a-night

  • The stunning Croxton Park House is set in secluded and picturesque valley in the heart of rural Leicestershire
  • Underwent £1m renovation by Emma Manners, Duchess of Rutland and is listed on holiday lettings site Airbnb
  • Six bedroom home with three bathrooms can host up to 12 guests and costs £850 a night plus additional fees
  • Duchess says she has ‘worked tirelessly’ to create ‘a beautiful cottage in reflection of my home Belvoir Castle’

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As far as Airbnb’s go, it’s hard to top this unique home-stay in terms of history and grandeur.

The Duchess of Rutland has recently listed a cottage in grounds of Belvoir Castle on the site, following a £1million refurbishment – and she has decorated it in the style of her own luxurious home. 

Croxton Park House is located four miles from the castle within Croxton Park, a country estate near Grantham, set in a secluded, picturesque valley in the heart of rural Leicestershire.

It was originally founded as an abbey in the early 12th century before becoming the playground for the early Dukes of Rutland for country pursuits like hunting, shooting, fishing and falconry.

Croxton Park House (pictured) is located four miles from the castle within Croxton Park, a country estate near Grantham, set in a secluded, picturesque valley in the heart of rural Leicestershire

Croxton Park House (pictured) is located four miles from the castle within Croxton Park, a country estate near Grantham, set in a secluded, picturesque valley in the heart of rural Leicestershire

Croxton Park House (pictured) is located four miles from the castle within Croxton Park, a country estate near Grantham, set in a secluded, picturesque valley in the heart of rural Leicestershire

The historical home was originally founded as an abbey in the early 12th century before becoming the playground for the early Dukes of Rutland for country pursuits like hunting, shooting, fishing and falconry. Pictured: the living room

The historical home was originally founded as an abbey in the early 12th century before becoming the playground for the early Dukes of Rutland for country pursuits like hunting, shooting, fishing and falconry. Pictured: the living room

The historical home was originally founded as an abbey in the early 12th century before becoming the playground for the early Dukes of Rutland for country pursuits like hunting, shooting, fishing and falconry. Pictured: the living room

One of the master bedrooms in the cottage, decorated with elaborate wallpaper between the original wooden beams and luxurious animal skin rugs

One of the master bedrooms in the cottage, decorated with elaborate wallpaper between the original wooden beams and luxurious animal skin rugs

One of the master bedrooms in the cottage, decorated with elaborate wallpaper between the original wooden beams and luxurious animal skin rugs

It’s now available for private hire, accommodating 12 guests in six stunning bedrooms with interiors chosen by Emma Manners – the 11th and current Duchess of Rutland – herself.

Writing on the listing on Airbnb, the duchess reveals she has ‘worked tirelessly’ to create ‘a beautiful cottage in reflection of my home Belvoir Castle’. 

She adds: ‘I do hope you love my home away from home as much as I do!’

The residence costs £850 a night, plus a £150 cleaning fee and a £155 service fee, making it £1,155 in total.

The Duchess of Rutland, pictured at Royal Ascot in June, has recently listed the cottage in grounds of Belvoir Castle following a £1million refurbishment on Airbnb - which she has decorated in the style of her own luxurious home

The Duchess of Rutland, pictured at Royal Ascot in June, has recently listed the cottage in grounds of Belvoir Castle following a £1million refurbishment on Airbnb - which she has decorated in the style of her own luxurious home

The Duchess of Rutland, pictured at Royal Ascot in June, has recently listed the cottage in grounds of Belvoir Castle following a £1million refurbishment on Airbnb – which she has decorated in the style of her own luxurious home

Writing on Airbnb, the Duchess of Rutland said she hopes guests love her 'home away from home' as much as she does

Writing on Airbnb, the Duchess of Rutland said she hopes guests love her 'home away from home' as much as she does

Writing on Airbnb, the Duchess of Rutland said she hopes guests love her ‘home away from home’ as much as she does

The residence costs £850 a night, plus a £150 cleaning fee and a £155 service fee, making it £1,155 in total. Pictured: the hallway

The residence costs £850 a night, plus a £150 cleaning fee and a £155 service fee, making it £1,155 in total. Pictured: the hallway

The residence costs £850 a night, plus a £150 cleaning fee and a £155 service fee, making it £1,155 in total. Pictured: the hallway

Pictured: one of the bathrooms in Croxton Park House, which features stylish wall paper and a cowskin rug to take away the chill of the tiled floor

Pictured: one of the bathrooms in Croxton Park House, which features stylish wall paper and a cowskin rug to take away the chill of the tiled floor

Pictured: one of the bathrooms in Croxton Park House, which features stylish wall paper and a cowskin rug to take away the chill of the tiled floor

The hallway of the cottage pays homage to its historic heritage

The hallway of the cottage pays homage to its historic heritage

The twin bedroom is country cottage chic, with elegant floral wallpaper

The twin bedroom is country cottage chic, with elegant floral wallpaper

The hallway of the cottage (right) pays homage to its heritage, while the twin bedroom (left) is country cottage chic, with elegant floral wallpaper

The home has all the modern cons, including four TVs, wifi and 'essentials' - listed as towels, bed sheets, soap and toilet paper, as well as a selection of books and games

The home has all the modern cons, including four TVs, wifi and 'essentials' - listed as towels, bed sheets, soap and toilet paper, as well as a selection of books and games

The home has all the modern cons, including four TVs, wifi and ‘essentials’ – listed as towels, bed sheets, soap and toilet paper, as well as a selection of books and games

The cottage boasts an authentic indoor fireplace in one of the two living rooms, as well as a fully kitted out kitchen with a fridge-freezer with ice dispenser, four TVs, wifi and ‘essentials’ including towels, bed sheets, soap and toilet paper, as well as a selection of books and games.

The host – the Duchess of Rutland – offers a 20 discount if guests stay for an entire week and 25 per cent off if you rent it for a month. As yet it’s received no reviews, having only opened its doors last month. 

Belvoir Castle has formed the backdrop for scenes in season two of Netflix hit The Crown, the film Young Victoria in 2007 and even The Da Vinci Code.

The Cardiff-born duchess, 56, lives in the stately home alongside her estranged husband David Manners, 60, 11th Duke of Rutland and descendant of the Manners dynasty, who succeeded his father the 10th Duke of Rutland in the titles on 4 January 1999, with his fortune estimated at £125m. 

The bathrooms have all been refurbished, including this one which comes complete with a freestanding bath and vanity unit

The bathrooms have all been refurbished, including this one which comes complete with a freestanding bath and vanity unit

The bathrooms have all been refurbished, including this one which comes complete with a freestanding bath and vanity unit

One of the stylish bedrooms which features a window looking out over the expansive lush grounds of Croxton Park, a country estate near Grantham

One of the stylish bedrooms which features a window looking out over the expansive lush grounds of Croxton Park, a country estate near Grantham

One of the stylish bedrooms which features a window looking out over the expansive lush grounds of Croxton Park, a country estate near Grantham

The staircase in the cottage

The staircase in the cottage

The 'laptop friendly work space'

The 'laptop friendly work space'

The cottage, which has been decorated by the Duchess of Rutland, features a carpeted staircase and a ‘laptop friendly’ work space for guests

The home comes complete with a fully kitted out kitchen with a fridge-freezer with ice dispenser, a microwave and a dishwasher and washing machine

The home comes complete with a fully kitted out kitchen with a fridge-freezer with ice dispenser, a microwave and a dishwasher and washing machine

The home comes complete with a fully kitted out kitchen with a fridge-freezer with ice dispenser, a microwave and a dishwasher and washing machine

Their five children – Lady Violet Manners, 26, Lady Alice, 24, and Lady Eliza, 22, and their younger brothers, Charles, Marquess of Granby, 20, and Lord Hugo Manners, 16 – grew up in neo-Gothic splendour in the Leicestershire stately pile. 

The theme of the castle is classic opulence dating back to the 1700s when it was first restored, with the bedrooms boasting four poster beds, gold gilded portraits, rich tapestries, fur rugs and fireplaces.

Sparking no expense, the drawing room boasts silk wallpaper, luxurious furnishings and artwork dating back centuries.

Pictures posted by Emma show a true Downton Abbey inspired life, with maids hovering in the background as the family celebrate birthdays and special occasions – decked out in their finest gowns, singing along to songs played on the piano. 

The cottage boasts an authentic indoor fireplace in one of the two grand living rooms, as well as central heating to keep guests warm and toasty

The cottage boasts an authentic indoor fireplace in one of the two grand living rooms, as well as central heating to keep guests warm and toasty

The cottage boasts an authentic indoor fireplace in one of the two grand living rooms, as well as central heating to keep guests warm and toasty

The kitchen features a unit with mugs, jars of tea and coffee and small elegant glassware including Champagne flutes

The kitchen features a unit with mugs, jars of tea and coffee and small elegant glassware including Champagne flutes

The kitchen features a unit with mugs, jars of tea and coffee and small elegant glassware including Champagne flutes

One of the smaller bedrooms is decorated in a similar theme to the larger suite, with bold wallpaper and beams stripped back to the original wood

One of the smaller bedrooms is decorated in a similar theme to the larger suite, with bold wallpaper and beams stripped back to the original wood

One of the smaller bedrooms is decorated in a similar theme to the larger suite, with bold wallpaper and beams stripped back to the original wood

The cottage itself has a generous courtyard style garden outside, perfect for basking in the sunshine and taking in the stunning surrounding views in summer

The cottage itself has a generous courtyard style garden outside, perfect for basking in the sunshine and taking in the stunning surrounding views in summer

The cottage itself has a generous courtyard style garden outside, perfect for basking in the sunshine and taking in the stunning surrounding views in summer

And the opulent interiors don’t stop there, with bathrooms boasting marble tops, dressing tables, intricate wallpaper and the modern touch of his and hers sinks.

Meanwhile, dinner parties are fit for a king, taking place at tables stretching across a whole hall, surrounded by fireplaces, candelabras and giant portraits of ancestors.

A grand library, complete with oriental carpets, chaise lounges and chandeliers is described in one post by Emma as her ‘favourite afternoon spot’. 

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