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. Thoresby Hall is now a luxury hotel, where guests can still enjoy many of the building’s original and historic features.
The park landscape was laid out in the 17th century in a geometric, Jacobean style. This original design was softened and rounded on the advice of Humphrey Repton and William Nesfield, who we have to thank for most of the mature landscape on the estate today.
The Estate acts as a guardian of Listed Buildings and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The grade I listed parkland is surrounded by several thousand acres of farmland and forestry, and 50 members of staff work on the estate.