Belmont Hall, Cheshire

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Belmont Hall is located near to the Great Budworth village. It was built in 1755 and has passed through several owners over the years since, most notably the Leigh Family. They’ve since arranged to let it to the Cransley School.

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Interesting Architecture

Primarily designed using brickwork and accompanied by dressings using stone along with slate on the rooftop, it’s a Grade II listed building with the National Heritage. Originally a simple monastic site, it was only later turned into extended accommodations.

The main block is designed to appear symmetrical when arriving and taking in the stately view. However, there are multiple bays and three stories in all. The windows are octagonal, but the design style differs in some parts of the building from others.

Going Back in Time

While the land was originally acquired by John Smith Barry in 1749, James Gibbs was asked to design a house for the landowner. He completed the design in 1754 but sadly passed away before it could be constructed.

Another architect became involved to bring Gibbs’ architectural plans to life. In so doing, changes were made most notably with the two-storey bow windows that stand apart from previous similar majestic homes that Gibbs produced before his death.

The Interior Fascinates

There are six rooms in total on the ground floor. This includes two drawing rooms, a dining room, a hallway leading to the staircase, a morning room, and a study too. In the 19th century, an additional room was also added.

While the entrance hall isn’t as impressive as some of the other aspects of the interior space, it does feature friezes hovering over the doorways and an attractive stone fireplace too. For bookworms, the study is suitably panelled to give it that old-worldly feel with ornate carvings, a chimney, and doorcases too.

The drawing-rooms are more interesting perhaps, with Rococo plasterwork featured in ceilings and extending down part of the walls. Extremely delicate and decadent, anyone who loves old plaster designs will appreciate this.

On the upper level, there’s plasterwork understood to be by Francesco Vassili along with other decorative elements of note.

Campsite Occupying Part of the Grounds

While the grounds include a moat, formal lawns, other gardens, and a fishpond too, the main difference here is the campground off into the distance. Affording perhaps some of the most regal views from a Cheshire campsite, visitors can stay and enjoy the surroundings without needing to leave when it has become dark in search of a hotel.

Certified by the Motor Caravanners’ Club and previously rated by the AA too, people in motorhomes, caravans, or pitching a tent can enjoy affordable stays on the Belmont Hall grounds. There are ten westerly pointing hard standings, plus pitches with electrical hook-ups, and waste disposal areas. There are toilet and shower room facilities provided too.

For organisers of a rally, there are fields available for rental. The facilities of the campsite are not included in the private rental of a field for a special event though.

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