Belmont House is a handsome Georgian country house dating back to the 18th century and, in keeping with the remarkable eccentricity of those that created the British Empire, houses an indoor Rackets Court – a game that evolved ultimately into tennis.
It was at Belmont House that the Gibbs first stayed before developing Tyntesfield into the remarkable building that it is today. From that time until 2001, the two estates were united, but much about Belmont House remains secret with details residing in the Gibbs private family archives.
In about 1950 it became a home for elderly ladies rented to Miss Allen and Miss Huish by the Gibbs family. Over the ensuing fifty years, it fell sadly into a greater state of disrepair and by the death of Richard Gibbs, 2nd Baron Wraxall, it was in an almost completely derelict state. Thankfully, it has now been lovingly and sensitively restored with the elegance of the past reclaimed and preserved, with Belmont House again the strongly beating heart of the estate.
Located on the Belmont Estate, The Carriage House has served many functions in its time, as stables, working laundry, associated cottages and more recently as a family home.
As part of the renovation project, The Carriage House is undergoing careful restoration that will see its original flagstone floors, original windows, walls, and period features reinstated while a new opening will share its cobbled courtyard with its central reception. When complete, The Carriage House will function as a multi-purpose space from which we look to offer courses, events and training.
Like two guarding towers, each Lodge located around Belmont have held a key position in the estates rich past. Each has their unique history, and still play an important role in maintaining the historic nature of the grounds.
Clifton Lodge is located in the north east corner of the estate closest to Failand, at the top of Belmont Hill and on the road to the suspension bridge. It was, at one time, the principal entrance to the estate. Visitors to Belmont and Tyntesfield would have crossed the Clifton Suspension Bridge, taking their carriages along Beggar Bush Lane to Clifton Lodge. From here, they would enter the estate before descending through the woods and emerging at Belmont House or passing onward to Tyntesfield. Of all of the lodges, Clifton Lodge is perhaps the finest.
Station Lodge is situated in the Southern (Flax Bourton) side of the Estate, and on the Wraxall and Clevedon Road is a later building. This has been built in recognition of what would have been the new station at Flax Bourton.
Designed in 1900; perhaps by renowned architect Reginald Blomfield, Station Lodge is built of pink rock-faced stone, Bath stone dressings and half-timbered gables.
Station Lodge is situated at the entrance of an avenue of listed Norwegian maples that once led directly to Tyntesfield. However, it now leads back briefly along the edge of the woodland, above the parkland, toward Belmont House, The Carriage House, the Estate Offices, Garden Pavilion and Walled Garden.
From ancient woodlands to spectacular vistas, the extensive gardens surrounding Belmont Lodge have bought joy to visitors and residents alike. Future renovation plans will bring a new aspect of agriculture to life at Belmont, including rare and unusual plants for future generations to enjoy.
Belmont’s 18th century walled garden sits on the south west facing slopes of the Belmont Estate providing the lucky gardener with beautiful views of the North Somerset countryside and out across the vale of Bourton and Bristol Channel. On a clear day with the sunset falling on water of the Bristol Channel, it is as though a strip of gold surrounds the islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm, visible in the distance.
Within our Walled Garden we plan to re-establish a range of rare and unusual organically grown fruits and vegetables (something that will develop further as our lovely rare breed pigs finish the job of rotavating and return to foraging in the woods). With a pond located at the upper end of the garden and grass terraces graduating up the hillside, it is also the perfect place to host summer events such as music concerts and outdoor theatre performances.
Currently, our lambing shed, this rather over enthusiastically named small building is destined to be home to charcuterie and meat products as well as the Big Green Egg. Its position on the edge of our ancient woodland and next to the Walled Garden also affords it great potential as a venue for entertaining and learning.
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