Belmont House and Gardens
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.
A lifelong passion for horology led the 5th Lord Harris to accumulate one of the largest personal collections of clocks in the country. Six generations of the Harris family have each left their mark on this lovely country house which contains fabulous mementos of the family's history and travels - paintings, furniture, Indian silverware as well as the impressive clock collection. There is also a unique collection of water-colour landscape paintings set in the West Indies by the Trinidadian artist Michel Jean Cazabon (1813-1888).
The Gardens are full of interest throughout every season; the Kitchen Garden originally designed by Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd, is a wonderful mix of traditional and modern gardening: a beautiful Victorian Greenhouse, figs pleached on the walls, arbours festooned in golden hops, and an abundance of soft fruits, traditional apples and pears along with a variety of vegetables grown for the House. The Walled Garden to the rear of the stable yard is another intimate enclosed garden with long borders of annuals and perennials.
Don't leave without a delicious cup of tea with a slice of homemade cake in their courtyard tea rooms. This is available at the weekend only during the open season. The tearoom is also open for light lunches on a Wednesday from 12pm.
Clock tours: Specialist clock tours are held on the last Saturday of every month from April to September. Tour starts at 1.30pm. Prior booking of this wonderful tour is recommended, as it does get booked up in advance. £15.00 per person. Please call 01795 890202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking.
Groups may book tours on Tuesday and Thursday. If you would like to discuss this in further detail or book a tour please contact the Estate Administrator.
Please note: The House can only be viewed by guided tour.
The House is open from April through to September
Wednesday Tours at 11am & 1pm
Weekend & BH Monday Tours at 2.15pm & 3.15pm daily
For updated tour times or alterations please see the website or give us a call.
Gardens open daily throughout the year 10am to 6pm or dusk if earlier.
The Tea Room is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday for homemade cakes and cream teas. Self-service from Monday-Friday.