The Welbeck estate

Nestled in the heart of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Welbeck extends to some 15,000 acres, straddling the borders of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

The estate is within the area of North Nottinghamshire known as the Dukeries. The name comes from four historic neighbouring Ducal estates,  Welbeck, Clumber, Thoresby, and Worksop Manor. Depending on where you drew the line, the estates between them covered 88 thousand acres, giving the Dukeries at the time some of the qualities of a self-contained world.

Welbeck has constantly evolved over the centuries – from a Premonstratensian Abbey founded in 1153, to a Cavalier residence in the 17th century; from English Gothic to the New Works of the nineteenth century with their mysterious labyrinth of tunnels. The MOD used many of the estate buildings as a Sixth Form College from 1954 to 2005.

To find out more about Welbeck's history, please visit The Portland Collection.

Welbeck today

Today Welbeck is still a working estate and contains a Grade 2 registered historic park designed in 1748 by Francis Richardson; ancient woodlands and forestry; a beautiful chain of lakes; farmland and grazing; a deer park; and some of the country’s most important rural heritage buildings. At its heart lies the historic Welbeck Abbey and Welbeck Village.

The Welbeck Estates Company Limited manages this extensive land and property portfolio. Sustainability, innovation and rural diversification underpin all we do – from film locations to residential lettings.

We work to develop the estate's extraordinary heritage buildings to provide inspiring spaces in which to create and innovate. This development has attracted a thriving community of artisan food producers and creative businesses, educational institutions and the arts.

In November 2016, at an awards ceremony in Welbeck Abbey’s Titchfield Library, The Royal Agricultural Society of England presented The Welbeck Estate with the prestigious Bledisloe award. The award demonstrates outstanding achievement in the successful land management and development of an agricultural estate in England.