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.
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 Tipoo Sultan at the battle of Seringapatam. Successive Lords Harris played a prominent role in British expansion overseas throughout the 19th century.
Belmont contains fabulous mementoes of the family's history and travels - fine paintings, furniture, Indian silverware and the finest and most extensive range of clocks in private hands in the country; a collection assembled by the 5th Lord. The South Bedroom contains a unique collection of water-colour paintings of the West Indies by the Trinidadian artist Michel Jean Cazabon (1813-1888). The paintings were commissioned by the 3rd Lord Harris when he was Governor of Trinidad.
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.
Don't leave without a delicious cup of their speciality teas with a slice of homemade cake in their courtyard tea rooms. This is available at the weekend only. The tearoom is self-service Monday to Friday
House open April to the end of September.
Gardens are open all year round from 10.00am to dusk
Wednesday Tours are at 11am and 1.00pm.
Saturday Tours 2.15pm and 3.15pm
Sunday and Bank holiday tours 2.15pm, 3.00pm and 3.45pm
Specialist clock tour last Saturday of every month from April to September ( must be pre booked )
Groups by arrangement Tuesday and Thursday
How to find us
By Car : Belmont is situated 4 miles south, south west of Faversham. From the M2, take exit 6.
By Train : On the London Victoria to Dover line alight at Faversham where there is a taxi service available or ring for collection. From Eurostar Ashford please call to make pre-booked arrangements for collection.
Gardens Only: Adult £5.00, Concession £4.00 and Children (12-16 years) £2.50
House and Gardens: Adult £8.00, Concession £7.00 and Children (12-16 years) £5.00
Groups of 12 and over £7.00