Belmont House and Gardens
Belmont House and Gardens
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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WantItGood
Ferndown, UK68 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We were lucky that our holiday cottage included free entry to this house and gardens. We visited on a windy day well into September, which meant that the extensive gardens weren't looking their absolute best but were still full of interest and colour. It was very, very quiet when we turned up but this belies the fact that there is a tea room serving nice drinks, snacks and lunches and more importantly some extremely knowledgeable room guides who made the house really interesting. They seemed genuinely interested in the house and its history, so you'd think they were there just for you - that's professional. Do make sure you check opening times to avoid disappointment - we returned a few days later and found that the house itself was closed and the tea room was self-service.
Written 24 September 2023
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J Nash
London, UK3 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Second visit to Belmont, on this occasion was able to combine a tour of the house as well as the gardens. Beautiful estate. Staff were informative and friendly. Tea room very good value for money. Recommend.
Written 12 September 2023
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Deryck W
Margate, UK558 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Visited Belmont House a couple of weeks ago - one for the best value for £10 places to visit. Interesting House, housing 240 or so clocks and watches scattered throughout the House. Also worth visiting are the surrounding gardens, where you can also purchase Apples and Plumbs - £1.00 per bag. Will definitely be back. Thoroughly Recommended
Written 11 September 2023
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ele341
London, UK5 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
WOW! Fantastic clock tour conducted by Jonathan Betts. He was so knowledgable and ready to answer everyone’s questions. It was a privilege to view these wonderful timepieces with an expert.
Written 26 August 2023
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Hoppityskip
Essex, UK13,803 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
What a wonderful garden and a calming gentle walk round. No traffic noise and just gorgeous gardens to enjoy. House closed day we went but looks great
Written 9 August 2023
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Pam K
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
An excellent day out. 5 stars. Grounds were amazing and well worth the visit. Couldn’t recommend more
Written 8 August 2023
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Stu151
Wickford, UK1,569 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Interesting well set out, house, with very friendly, helpful staff/volunteers.

Very well looked after gardens.

Nice cafe.

(Many houses like this give the firm impression they are only open to gain the inheritance tax advantages of a trust and thus the requirement to open to the public to some degree - Belmont House is exactly the opposite - everyone we had contact with "wanted us to be there")
Written 4 August 2023
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Jacandhow
Bedford, UK2,041 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
We were staying in Dover, and noticed that they do guided tours on Sunday mornings, so as we are Historic House members, booked the 11.30 tour, and we are very glad that we did.

We started outside, facing the house, and were given lots of facts on when and by whom it was built, we then moved inside, and saw the beautiful rooms, told which Lord Harris did what and when, there were 6 in total. We were even offered little fold up stools to take with us and as we are both elderly, and I am disabled availed ourselves.

There is no photography allowed inside, which is a great shame, so we bought the guide book as a memory.

Needless to say that it was raining by the time we left, the house so we were unable to visit the gardens, and drove straight back to Dover, about 35 mins away, we did notice that there were plenty of picnic tables near the free car park
Written 1 August 2023
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Sarah S
5 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Ten pounds for entry to house and garden what a bargain . House opens at one we had booked entry for one thirty so got there early and had a picnic before hand.
The gardens are lovely with the best kitchen garden we have ever seen puts national trust to shame lol
House fantastic lots to see and very informative staff there is also a lovely tea room which serves drinks cake and lite lunches. Lots of easy parking as well we had a wonderful day thank you
Written 24 June 2023
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Cudowna8758
Maidstone, UK17 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Have lived in Kent for over 40 years and never knew about this little gem. Saw it on the Antiques Road Show. The grounds are wonderful. Lots of places to walk around. Beautiful views of the house and grounds. The shop/cafe has lovely coffee and home made cakes. Unfortunately I think the venue relies heavily on volunteers so the house was not able to be open until after 1pm. Will have to go back for that experience. On a warm day it would be perfect for a picnic and very very good value for money.
Written 2 June 2023
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Belmont House and Gardens is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00