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Belton House/National Trust

Five weeks ago, or thereabouts, I took myself down to one of the National Trusts stately homes called ‘Belton House’ near Grantham in Lincolnshire. It was a very hot day so that was a good start. It was built by Sir John Brownlow between 1685 and 1688, and owned by the Cust and Brownlow family until it was given over to the National Trust in 1984, due to financial problems and death duties.l won’t go into too much detail about the history of the place, even though that’s important if you like your history, but it’s more about my photographs and the facilities available.Here’s a link if you fancy taking a look https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house

A picture taken from the south of the house

The gardens were beautiful to look around, and I couldn’t believe how vast they were. It made me think about the kind of life people had that lived there, to have so much space. Very privileged I must say.

The Italian garden and orangery. The church to the right contains the vaults of the Brownlow family.
The orangery was full of tropical plants and statues like this one.
Belton House was used as ‘Rosings park’ in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The house was very pretty from every angle
The staircase was adjacent to the main entrance rather than it being within.
The right side of the main entrance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The house had been extensively restored by the Brownlow family at the beginning of the 19th century

 

 

 

 

I could have just got into this four poster. I’ve always wanted a bed with curtains
A small section of the library. It was filled with thousands of books, some of them first editions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really enjoyed looking around this stately home. I didn’t purchase the ticket to have an hours tour of the servant quarters, but I will do this next time I go. It is the sort of property that definitely warrants a few visits as there is so much to see.

There’s a lovely cafe with outdoor seating amidst gorgeous parkland and trees. The grounds are extensive and pretty, and the volunteer guides are friendly and informative without being intrusive. I have been to a number of National Trust properties this year and been a little disappointed with rooms being shut to the public and whole floors being closed off, one being ‘Lord Lichfield’s’ home, but that’s for a future post.

If you fancy a visit to a charming English country mansion, then Belton house is definitely a great day out and will provide you with glorious views, pretty well-kept gardens and large amounts of interior paintings and furniture to feast your eyes upon x

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