Belton House located near Grantham is an example of a typical English country house. Built in the late 17th Century by the Brownlow family who were more gentry than aristocracy. The house has gone through several revisions over the last 200 years. It reached a point of decay during the first half of the 20th Century. In the 1960's the 6th Baron made an effort at repair and restoration. The house is now owned by The National Trust which has through monies earned by showing the house and money from the National Heritage Memorial Fund implemented a program of conservation and restoration.
When you see the house you can understand why it was used for filming the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. The purchase by The National Trust included the 1,317 acres of parkland and most of the furnishings. There is a display in the house of the silver collection of the Brownlow family. The house is richly furnished with fine furniture, wall mirrors, porcelain, and paintings.
Much of the land surrounding the house is parkland but there is also a formal garden around the house which includes an Italian sunken garden. There is a lakeside walk and an adventure playground for children.
There is a restaurant in The Stables which serves main meals from 12 pm to 2 pm and an ice cream kiosk in the children's adventure playground.
Two rooms are licensed for civil weddings and the North Terrace can be used for a reception. The East Lawn is available for marquee receptions.
Opening hours are generally Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am to 5:30 pm March through September. There are other open days but you should call The National Trust at 01476 566116 if you wish to visit at other times.
Belton House is three miles northeast of Grantham on the A607.