Belmont Open Days

Lyme Regis, Dorset

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September 2020 - 10am to 4pm

No booking required.


We are opening this Landmark in association with Heritage Open Days.

This fine 18th-century maritime villa in Lyme Regis is listed Grade II* and once belonged to the remarkable businesswoman, Mrs Eleanor Coade who devised a formula to mass produce architectural embellishments. More recently Belmont was home to world-famous author, John Fowles, author of The Magus and The French Lieutenant's Woman. 

We have restored Belmont to its appearance in Mrs Coade’s day. Here you can sit – and indeed write – in John Fowles’s former writing room with its wide views of sea and sky. In the garden there is a Victorian observatory tower, with hatch and revolving roof. Most of the long garden is left wild (Fowles was a keen naturalist) and it tumbles down to the esplanade, with a pebble beach and the Cobb beyond.

Free Admission and leaflets on the building's history. Click here for location

For further information please contact Booking Enquiries. The Booking Office is open Mon to Fri - 9am to 5.30pm.

Please note that due to the nature of our historic buildings and places, some may not be suitable for those with limited mobility or certain disabilities. We do all we can to enable access wherever possible; if you have any access concerns that you’d like to discuss before visiting, please contact our Booking Enquiries team on 01628 825925.

At this property you are able to drive down and drop any guests with limited mobility at the main house and then return your car to the car park. Please ask a member of staff on site if you need to do this.