Nearly a year ago I treated us to a break at Thoresby Hall near Nottingham to celebrate Maureens 70th.birthday. This time, during our visit we found time to walk in the grounds and at the same time relax in the house so this week is outside and next week is inside. Robert Pierrepont, 1st Earl of Kingston-upon-Hull acquired the Thoresby lands in 1633, but was killed in the English Civil War in 1643. His son Henry Pierrepont, the 2nd Earl, built the first grand house, a Jacobean mansion attributed to the architect Talman, around 1670. This was burnt down and a second house, designed by Carr of York, was built. This house was demolished to make way for Anthony Salvin’s Thoresby Hall, built by the 3rd Earl Manvers in 1860.