Renovation and retrogression

The Landmark Trust has just finished a lengthy restoration of “Belmont”, a fine seaside villa in Lyme Regis, formerly home to the novelist John Fowles and other illustrious residents. It is normally let out as holiday accommodation, but the public were allowed in this weekend. The house itself is lovely, but what I enjoyed most was the dilapidated dusty state of the stables. These photos show the two opposites.

Postscript: a second visit was a bit of a disappointment – apart from being so busy you could only shuffle round in a crocodile, the stables have been cleaned and tidied, so all the mystery has gone.

Find out more on the Landmark Trust web site.

Lyme Regis DT7 3HZ, UK