Out and AboutThe Finer Things

Belmont is well known around here. It’s that Georgian confection in Lyme Regis, once the home of author John Fowles and now owned by the Landmark Trust.

It underwent a serious restoration  (covered in a TV series on the Trust) and is available as a holiday rental. But don’t hold your breath if you fancy a break there, it’s booked up for the next 2 years apparently.

However, there was a chance to poke about inside last weekend when Belmont House, along with lots of other Landmark Trust properties around the country, were open to the public for free. This was a chance not to be missed.

Beyond the fancy-pants facade….

Inside it’s all snug parlours, a grander drawing room….

….and bedrooms, lots of bedrooms. (It sleeps up to 8 people and there seems to be an emphasis of maximising beds and therefore rental).

There are modern bathrooms and kitchen too – very useful but not so photogenic.

The rooms are elegant and beautifully proportioned. Perhaps because Belmont is, in essence, a holiday home, it feels somewhat un-homely and cold. It felt it could do with some flowers or something – a bit more love. But it’s position above Lyme Bay overlooking the Cobb is glorious.

Meanwhile – as an added bonus – there was an Artists’ Open House just next door.

Walnut’s Farm, together with Molesworth and Bird had got together with over local artists to showcase their work.

The atmosphere was warm and friendly. And the work was beautifully curated and presented.

Including fascinating pressed seaweed prints.

Treats and treasures for your eyes wherever you looked.

And plenty to tempt the wallet.

So all in all – a satisfying couple of hours on a dreary Sunday morning.