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Belmont House and Gardens, Faversham

(4.1/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web)
The focus of Belmont is the elegant 18th century house (designed by Samuel Wyatt) commanding stunning views over the surrounding Estate and the rolling Kentish North Downs. Steeped in history, this unique house contains mementos of the family's history and travels.

In 1801 the house was bought at public auction by General George Harris (later Lord Harris) who had defeated the Sultan of Mysore in 1799 at the battle of Seringapatam. The acquisition was made with prize money from his successful military career.

Belmont is of interest for three main reasons. Architecturally, it is an unspoilt example of Samuel Wyatt's work. One of the most progressive architects of the late 18th Century, the house is a fine testimony to his understated neo-classical style.

Historically, the house is important for its well-preserved records of a family who played a leading role in the development of the British Empire in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Successive Lords Harris served as soldiers and colonial governors. The house still contains many mementos of their careers. Lastly, Belmont is distinguished for the collection of clocks created by the 5th Lord Harris. It is reputedly the finest collection in England.

House Tours take place from April to September on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The times are as follows:

Wednesday Tours: 11.00am and 1.00pm

Saturday Tours: 2:15pm and 3:15pm

Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday Tours: 2:15, 3:00 and 3:45pm.

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.

Plants and produces from the Kitchen Garden are available for sale in accordance with the seasons.

The Gardens are open all year round from 10am to 6pm (or dusk if earlier).
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  • The gardens are modest but very pleasant to walk around, and very tranquil. The house itself is also fairly modest but never-the-less interesting. The house tour was made very interesting by out excel...  more »
  • This was our 3rd visit and we still enjoyed the tour. Had a very good afternoon tea. The clocks are something you don't see everyday. Walked a little around the gardens but could not spend to long as ...  more »
  • Drove out of our way to visit this house, specifically on a Wednesday, only to find the estate was closed for a filming crew. They should have a sign on the main road informing visitors that it's shut...  more »
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  • Gardens are lovely, with fantastic views across the countryside, open all year round. The house open weekends, bank holiday Mondays and Wednesdays, but only for guided tours at set times. Well worth the £8 it costs (only a fiver for the gardens only), especially if you have any interest in clocks!
  • Checked opening times on the website in advance, went all the way there to see the gardens, notice on the door of the locked ticket office confirmed it should have been open. No one there to ask what was going on. Totally wasted trip.
  • Belmont House & Gardens We have discovered a door through time We have entered the past and found real beauty. A tiny orchard of Kent Cobb's, a kitchen garden With food to feed the big house, splayed fruit trees Apple, pear, and peach, plums, all ripening together Greenhouses of tomatoes, peppers, giant onions. All this laid out in pristine order regimental almost Refreshments offered in a real self service style Pay is by trust box, so we sit in the stable tea room Drink coffee we have made, munch tasty biscuits This is a perfect Sunday morning, peaceful, comfortable. The feel of this place is one of enchantment, another time. So another gem on our doorstep in Kent explored. (c) James Tipp 16/08/15
  • Glorious gardens to this 18th century house. You can visit the house only as part of a guided tour unfortunately but it is very interesting. Nb it is NOT a Country Club, nor has ever been!
  • We went there Monday 2 September midday only to find it closed!!!! nice one.