Belmont contains fabulous mementos of the family's history and travels - paintings, furniture, Indian silverware and perhaps the finest private clock collection in the country.
There is also a unique collection of water-colour landscape paintings set in 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.
In 1801, the house was bought at public auction by General George Harris (later Lord Harris) who had defeated the Tipu, Sultan of Mysore in 1799 at the battle of Seringapatam. The acquisition was made with prize money from his successful military career.
The Gardens are full of interest throughout every season; the Kitchen Garden originally designed by Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd, is a wonderful mix of traditional and modern gardening: a beautiful Victorian Greenhouse, figs pleached on the walls, arbours festooned in golden hops, and an abundance of soft fruits, traditional apples and pears along with a variety of vegetables grown for the House. The Walled Garden to the rear of the stable yard is another intimate enclosed garden with long borders of annuals and perennials.
Location & details
Belmont House and Gardens, Throwley, Kent, ME130HH