Belmont House and Gardens

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Belmont House and Gardens
4.5
About
The beautiful Georgian house of Belmont, set in formal gardens and parkland, is a completely unspoilt and distinctive example of the work of architect Samuel Wyatt. The house was bought by General George Harris in 1801 with the prize money from his successful military career in India. Later, in 1815, he was created Lord Harris in recognition of his victory over Tipu Sultan at the battle of Seringapatam. Belmont contains fabulous mementoes of the family's history and travels - paintings, furniture, Indian silverware and one of the finest and most extensive collection of clocks in private hands in the country, assembled by the 5th Lord. The Gardens at Belmont are full of interest throughout every season. The Kitchen Garden has beautiful Victorian Greenhouses, along with figs, hops, soft fruits and traditional apple and pear varieties. The Walled Garden contains a pond and is adjacent to the Pinetum complete with grotto. Open Sat for tours at 2.15Pm and 3.15Pm, Sun & BH Mon for tours at 2.15Pm, 3.00Pm and 3.45Pm, tea room open for home-made cakes and cream teas from 1.Oopm at weekends. Wednesday tours are at 11.00Am and 1.00Pm,tearoom open Wednesday for light lunches.
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David M
Canterbury, UK602 contributions
A great place to visit - thoroughly enjoyed our Autumn walk.
Oct 2020
My wife and I drove to this attraction and were the only people visiting on a windy and damp Saturday 3rd October. I nearly got stuck in the 1st car park which was very muddy! We walked around grounds and gardens for just over an hour. We were hoping the tea room might open but at 12.00 there was no sign of life. I like some of the produce on display in the large greenhouse and we purchased a plant for £4, cucumber, onion and some great cox' apples (6 for a pound). There is a honesty box to put your money in. A great place for a family to visit.
Written 10 October 2020
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Terry L
Ashford, UK82 contributions
Great way to spend an afternoon
Sep 2020 • Friends
We had a super time exploring the gardens. Very relaxing and with abundant photo-opportunities. The clever display of willow sculptures enhances the gardens and is jolly good fun. The garden staff were friendly, welcoming and informative. Well done Belmont
Written 11 September 2020
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Jennifer F
Sittingbourne, UK31 contributions
A pure delight.
Aug 2020
Had a lovely afternoon here today (Monday 24th Aug). with my twin sister. The two ladies in the cafe were friendly and welcoming and were very helpful. I had been stung by a bee and they gave me some cream which solved the problem. Everything about the place is delightful, and all the necessary guidelines are there to keep you safe. I recommend Belmont. Mrs Forrester
Written 24 August 2020
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Latte Lover
5 contributions
A great place for families
Aug 2020 • Family
A great place for families to visit. We loved the walled kitchen garden & Coronation Walk - a credit to its gardening team. A great picnic spot with takeaway refreshments as well. We’ll be returning soon. It’s beautifully kept, the staff are welcoming & it’s very good value.
Written 21 August 2020
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Jenny A
Maidenhead, UK13 contributions
Lovely peaceful gardens
Aug 2020 • Couples
Lovely peaceful gardens, well worth a visit. The gardens have lots of different areas including the walled garden and kitchen garden, and the setting is very quiet and peaceful making it a very nice visit.
Written 9 August 2020
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sabatinitennis
London, UK3,577 contributions
A quiet and interesting place to visit
Nov 2019 • Solo
I called in this morning and had a coffee and cake at the self service café that once was a stable. From there I had a look at the huge greenhouse in the lovely walked gatden. It's a lovely place to visit any time of the year.
Written 8 November 2019
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Kay B
Rochester,Kent,UK67 contributions
Beautiful historic house
Sep 2019
A stunning historic house with beautifully furnished rooms. The guided tour tells you the stories of the people who had lived in the prpoerty, as well as details about the filming of "Hetty feather". The collection of clocks is also a very good reason for te visit. The gardens are also well worth the visit.
Written 9 October 2019
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Janet C
Orpington, UK12 contributions
Linocut workshop
Oct 2019
Much enjoyed morning on linocut workshop. Such a beautiful venue, and part of workshop was an interesting tour by the head gardener to collect ideas for the linocuts. Well done - refreshments in Orangery, delightful tutor Rachel and well priced. Pls do a follow up!
Written 4 October 2019
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Molly Says
West Sussex, UK12 contributions
(Listen to the) Flower People - Spinal Tap
Sep 2019 • Friends
Molly says...that might seem an odd choice of title, but whilst waiting in The Orangery for our house tour, Jonno engaged me with the most amusing storylines from the eponymous movie.
Belmont lives up to it’s name, the situation is both beautiful and peaceful. There’s a magical quality to this place which I think stems from the lack of commercialism, this is an independently run property. The honesty box system, so rare these days, restores a little faith and sets the tone. The self service tearoom is basic, but again it is oddly stress free and as Jonno brewed a perfect cup of tea for me, we relaxed into the afternoon.
Belmont is the type of place you visit to stroll, chat, ponder and admire. The gardens are compact but well kept, however it is the peace that seeps into you. The house is accessible by tour only, the guides are knowledgeable, helpful and enthusiastic volunteers. Once inside it is like stepping into another world, full of the usual family portraits and objets, but also the sense of the previous owners having just stepped outside for a moment, is very apparent. It is probably this that gives Belmont a touchingly intimate atmosphere and tugs at the imagination, it feels lived in, but not in a particularly contrived sense. This is an area that could be developed, little details like a typical menu for the dining room, the number of staff that was needed to run the house and maybe even the sound of 1920’s music issuing from the library with the drapes pulled and the lighting turned low would further add to the drama of the place.
Molly and Jonno top tips.
Molly - take some change and keep a look out in the greenhouse for bags of very reasonably priced estate fruit and veg.
Jonno - avail yourself of one of the shooting stick type chairs, the tour is just over an hour and as Molly observed, you don’t want to be suffering from shooting stick envy after the first 20 minutes.
Written 23 September 2019
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JanInJapan
Canterbury, UK347 contributions
Clock Museum too!
Sep 2019
With a group of friends I went on a pre-booked tour of the house that was very thorough and interesting. A unique feature is the unrivalled collection of historic clocks (from 17th century etc) throughout the house, and in a dedicated museum room at the end of the tour. They included very odd and amazing designs. Our group had also arranged a light lunch in the Orangerie, which was very good. The grounds are lovely too — especially the impressive kitchen garden.
Written 18 September 2019
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