Accommodation 2015

2015’s event was invite only which allowed us to use the wonderful Belmont House in Lyme Regis.

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Belmont House – An 18th Century Maritime Villa

Friday 16th – Monday 19th October (3 Nights)
Only 8 Places Available – Invite Only
Belmont is a fine, early example of a maritime villa, a new building type that sprang up in the second half of the 18th century with the rising popularity of sea bathing and holidays by the seaside. Research has shown that the house was built before 1784 by Samuel Coade. This is the date he transferred the house to his niece, Mistress Eleanor Coade (1733-1821), one of the most intriguing figures in 18th-century architecture.

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The Coades hailed from the south west and were a significant family in Lyme Regis. Mrs Coade became a well-known London business woman, owner from 1769 of an artificial stone manufactory in Lambeth. She devised a formula to mass produce architectural embellishments and statuary of the highest quality. Through inclusion of a high percentage of pre-fired material in the mixture, Coade stone wares emerged from the kiln with closely predictable shrinkage and therefore accuracy. The light, buff coloured results can easily be mistaken for stone and are highly durable. Many examples survive today in the buildings and landscapes of all the finest 18th-century architects. All traces of her Lambeth factory are gone & Belmont is now Mrs Coade’s only memorial.

After Mrs Coade’s death in 1821, Belmont was lived in by a series of tenants, until it was bought in 1883 by a GP, Dr Richard Bangay. He transformed the villa into a large family home, adding two large side wings, conservatories and an observatory tower.

John Fowles & Belmont

John Fowles, the author of seminal works such as The Magus and The French Lieutenant’s Woman, lived at Belmont from 1968-2005. Towards the end of his life, he approached Landmark to help realise his wish that after his death, Belmont could be enjoyed by other writers and as many people as possible, through use as a Landmark. Above all, he wanted to prevent Belmont being turned insensitively into a hotel or boarding house. His writing room on the first floor overlooking the Cobb will play a pivotal role within the restored house and will become the main drawing room for visitors. It will include a writing desk and a large number of John Fowles books in the library. His achievements will also be celebrated in an interpretation room being created in the old stable block.

Belmont’s Facilities, T&Cs

PARKING
2 parking spaces (Belmont is next to a very large carpark, however).

KITCHEN
Well equipped with cookers and fridges. There are freezers and dishwashers (in larger buildings) and, where space allows, microwaves as well as a wide and standard range of utensils. A full equipment list is available at time of booking.

BITS & BOBS
A welcome tray with tea and sugar awaits your arrival and you will find a pint of milk in the fridge. We also provide lavatory rolls and a bar of soap, per basin but no other toiletries. We do not provide hairdryers.

INTERNET
None

LINEN
Towels & bed linen provided.

BREAKAGES
Breakages must be paid for.

Location

Belmont House Cobb Road, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3HZ.

 

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