Renovation Complete on Belmont House, John
Fowles' Long-Time Home in Lyme Regis;
Eight years of planning and restoration have come to
fruition with the re-opening of Belmont House, the Georgian
dwelling in Lyme Regis, England that John Fowles called home
for 37 years. The Landmark Trust, a charity that recues
important buildings that might otherwise be lost, recently
completed a £1.8m renovation of the building. Rooms are now
being made available for short holiday rentals, although
they are already fully-booked through 2016.
The upper windows of Belmont House offer an excellent view
of The Cobb and adjacent harbor, the setting for the opening
scenes of Fowles' masterpiece The French Lieutenant's
Woman. He wrote it and his subsequent novels The
Ebony Tower, Daniel Martin, Mantissa and A Maggot
at the house.
has won two prestigious awards--see links below for details.
More information about the project can be found here:
And also here:
Here's an update on Belmont House winning a
2015 Georgian Group Architectural Award:
And on Belmont House winning the Royal Institution of
Chartered Surveyors Building Conservation Award: