Explore Belton's summer gardens
Summer is well and truly on the way, and what better way to spend a summer's day than wandering through Belton’s charming gardens?
The Italian Garden
What is now the Italian Garden was remodelled extensively in 1816 to include the Orangery, fountain and Lion Exedra.
Belton’s head gardener, Jon, has worked from historic plans, photos and paintings to recreate the deep herbaceous borders running through the centre of the Italian Garden. The borders will bring added colour and interest over the summer months.
In July, blue agapanthus makes a striking display in front of the Orangery. While deep red 'Bishop of Llandaff' dahlias also look superb with their ruffled petals catching the sunlight.
Works to restore features of the Italian Garden as they appeared in the late 1820s are ongoing.
In and around the Orangery
Overlooking the Italian Garden, the Orangery is home to a collection of lush foliage and exotic blooms. Californian and Kentia Palms add texture and height. Pelargoniums frame a tranquil pool, serenely overlooked by the Belton Bather statue.
The Orangery is now open for visitors but please make sure to follow the one way systems.
In the walled garden behind the Orangery, old-fashioned sweet peas, deep blue delphiniums and fragrant roses are a delight.
The twelfth-century parish church of St Peter and St Paul, beside the Orangery, belongs to the Lincoln Diocese.
The Dutch Garden
The garden takes its name from the layout of the colourful parterres divided by topiary-lined gravel paths and was inspired by a Dutch design.
The perfect symmetry makes the Dutch Garden a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the delightful fragrance of lilac, orange blossom and lavender. Dark green and golden yew balls perfectly offset weathered stone planters and purple salvia.
One of Belton’s most favoured views is from the Sundial looking back at the honey-coloured stone of the house and North Terrace steps. This view featured as Lady Catherine de Burgh's home 'Rosings' in the 1995 BBC TV series of Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.
A stroll through the Pleasure Grounds
The Pleasure Grounds are an idyllic spot for a stroll along winding paths surrounded by a range of seasonal wildflowers, taking in features such as the mirror pond and temple.
Pause by the statue of Ceres where the creamy, snapdragon-like flowers and leafy branches of the Indian bean tree frame another perfect view of the house.