The Belmont Estate
Near to Bristol, this tranquil estate, part historic park and part mature woodland, has been revived by visionary new owners with an emphasis on sustainability, respect for tradition and an eye on the future.
Grade II* Listed Register of Historic Parks & Gardens - Renovation and new build
Concept design through to completion
A site-wide plan addressed a series of buildings requiring attention and neglected grounds. The Georgian rides cut into the woodland were reinstated and rare breed cattle re-introduced to the pastures. New Estate Workers Facilities and Barns form a hub for the activities on site. Located within the historical grounds, these are respectful of their surrounding while demonstrating the forward-thinking approach of the owners.
Accessed via a dramatic tree-lined avenue, this country estate and ‘gentleman’s residence’ dating to the mid-eighteenth century has a serene and unique atmosphere. Recent turbulent times had seen the land and buildings parcelled up and sold off into separate ownership. New owners, however, set about reuniting the estate and creating a self-sustaining business based on the ethos of connection, well-being and care for the environment.
Elsewhere the freshly landscaped wall garden has been transformed to provide a dramatic amphitheatre, and revitalised Estate buildings host courses and demonstrations. The sensitively refurbished former Carriage House has multi-functional spaces for cooking courses and communal eating on tables built from the spoils of the surrounding woodland.
Timber cladding and louvres soften and blend the buildings with the surrounding woodland while large areas of glass create an enviable workplace with clean, bright interior spaces and views over the Vale of Bourton and as far as Wales on a clear day. The long horizontal forms of the new buildings sit within the deep rust coloured rock strata of the hillside, providing a backdrop to the hustle of this once again thriving estate.