Photo: lesley doubleday

This Grade 1 listed country house situated near Grantham is set amidst an impressive 1300 acres of parklands and gardens. A fine example of Carolean architecture, this country house really reflects the Restoration style of building prevalent from 1660 to 1680.

The house has a colourful and somewhat sad history. Having belonged to the Brownlow family since 1619, mounting financial strain forced them to give it and most of its contents away to the National Trust in 1984. Now open to the public, Belton House attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Inside the house are numerous grand rooms like the Marble Hall, so called because its floor is made up of black and white marble slabs arranged in a chequer-board pattern. The art-work at Belton is visually stunning with three large oil paintings by Melchior d’Hondecoeter and a collection of Mortlake tapestries from the early 18th Century. And for the book lovers amongst you, the library contains as many as 6000 volumes as part of 350 years worth of avid collecting.

It isn’t just Belton House, however, that exudes splendour as the grounds are not to be missed. You can take a stroll up Eastern Avenue or have a picnic in the 35 acre garden. And if you still have adventure in mind then head up statue walk, see the temple and mirror pond, marvel at the maze or breathe in the heady scents of wildflowers as you wander to the lake.

This is a great place for children and adults to visit and is perfect if you want a relaxing day out in the countryside or to indulge in some history and fantastic aesthetics.

 

Belton House, Grantham, NG32 2LS

Tel: 01476566116

Opening Times: House – 12:30-5pm, Below Stairs Tour – 11am-3pm (please see website for any seasonal changes).