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Belmont House and Gardens

Swale

Type:Historic House / Palace

Belmont, Throwley, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0HH

Tel: +44 01795 890202

Belmont House and Gardens

About

The beautiful Georgian house of Belmont, amid its parkland, commands stunning views of the rolling Kent countryside and is a completely unspoilt and distinctive example of the work of the 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 Tipoo Sultan at the battle of Seringapatam. Successive Lords Harris played a prominent role in British expansion overseas throughout the 19th century.

Belmont contains fabulous mementoes of the family's history and travels - fine paintings, furniture, Indian silverware and the finest and most extensive range of clocks in private hands in the country; a collection assembled by the 5th Lord. The South Bedroom contains a unique collection of water-colour paintings of the West Indies by the Trinidadian artist Michel Jean Cazabon (1813-1888). The paintings were commissioned by the 3rd Lord Harris when he was Governor of Trinidad.

The Gardens at Belmont are full of interest throughout every season. The Kitchen Garden was originally designed by Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd and 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.

Don’t leave without a delicious cup of their speciality teas with a slice of homemade cake in their courtyard tea rooms. This is available on Wednesdays and weekends only. The tearoom is self-service Monday to Friday.

New for 2015: Arms and Armour Exhibition. For the first time ever, we are really excited to show the recently conserved armoury collection to the public. This is a comprehensive yet personal collection, numbering almost 200 pieces from India, the South Pacific, Africa and Europe. You will be able to learn about these on the house tour or, maybe, you would like to join one of our bespoke tours or join a study day.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult - Garden£5.00 per ticket
Adult - House & Garden£10.00 per ticket
Child - Garden£2.50 per ticket
Child - House & Garden£5.00 per ticket
Concession - Garden£4.00 per ticket
Concession - House & Garden£8.00 per ticket
Family - House & Garden£25.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Teas. Maximum number 50.
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted - In the gardens, on a lead only
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.
  • Max group size - 45
  • Min group size - 15

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Compulsory for Groups
  • Guided Tours Compulsory for Individuals

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A251. Off the A251, 4 miles south of Faversham.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station is Faversham.

Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

Opening Times

Gardens (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00*
House (1 Apr 2018 - 30 Sept 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - FridayClosed*
Saturday - SundayOpen

* House
1 Apr 2018 – 30 Sept 2018
Weekends and Wednesdays Open
* Tours
Wednesday Tours 11am and 1.00pm
Weekend and BH Monday Tours 2.15pm and 3.15pm
Specialist clock tour last Saturday of every month from April to September (must be pre booked) £20.00 per ticket.

Groups by arrangement Tuesday and Thursday. Group Rate £8.00 per person.

Gardens are open all year round from 10.00am to dusk

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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