History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The house was modelled on Clarendon House, London (since demolished). Earlier Elizabethan houses had popularized a design built like an H, with a central block one room deep flanked by wings. Belton was one of the first houses to create a central block two rooms deep, the so-called 'double pile' design. This allowed for more light, greater privacy, and easier roof construction.
The house is set in 36 acres of Italian and Dutch formal gardens, and huge informal gardens. Close to the house is the formal garden area, which is an absolute delight, with water features and symmetrical paths set off by statuary and curving lines of stone walls and hedges. The centrepiece of the gardens is the Orangery, with its display of exotic plants. Beside the Orangery is the 12th century parish church of St Peter and St Paul, where many of the Brownlow and Cust families are buried. The family memorials are an extraordinary sight.
Belton For Familes
There's a lot to keep kids occupied at Belton House. In the house is a playroom where children and adults can dress up in Victorian costume, as well as play with period toys and games. There is an extremely large adventure playground, and the miniature railway runs most days in the spring and summer (a small charge applies). The hedge maze will also prove popular with the younger generation. The grounds are extensive, with plenty of opportunity for children to run around.
About Belton House
Address: Grantham, Lincolnshire, England, NG32 2LS
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: 3 m NE Grantham, on A607
Website: Belton House
Phone: 01476 566 116
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
OS: SK929 395
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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