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“Hidden away, worth seeking”

Belmont House and Gardens
Ranked #5 of 51 things to do in Faversham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed May 18, 2013

The house and gardens are tranquil and have a wonderful story. The collections of clocks is internationally significant in the horological world. Look out for the precious watercolours by Cazabon.

Thank Roy and Sarah C
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

A living Museum. No 'fill a space' objects, all original family objects. Over 300 clocks for the clock watchers of this world to drool over. A beautifully preserved pre St James bible in readable English. A library with secret cupboards that once hid wonderful watercolours for over a 100 years. Views from the bedrooms over the Estuary to die for. A truly fancy silver shovel and no end of coronation chairs. The lack of loos (or washing facilities) on the upper floors makes one wonder how it once might have smelt back then. The guide not at all stuffy, other houses could learn much from her approach. Only complaint, the original kitchens are off the menu at present. Went before the flowers were out so cannot comment on the garden. Ignoring that, go there anyway. Take care on the approach road as local golfers assume they are the only users of the road.

Thank Mike T
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Went during week so house not open (Weekends only(). However entry price very reasonable, Pleasant walks around the open areas, but went to see the walled Garden & old Greenhouses.
Typical use of walls for training shrubs & fruit etc Sure this can be copied for smaller gardens.
Pleaant morning stroll. Refreshments were DIY with trust box for money.Staff all employed tending the Walled garden.
Bit of a hidden gem during the week. Can not speak about weekends

Thank Richard R
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Beautiful and interesting gardens really worth a detour so much to see. Somewhere to get a tea and cake with an honesty box...how often do you see that these days? Didn't have time to see the house so will definitely return for that.

2  Thank sunrisen
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

Spring and autumn fair is the best time to visit, the grounds are at their best and there are additional attractions though more people.

1  Thank simonmallett
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