Explore Belton's summer gardens
Belton was designed to impress, and the gardens reflect the formality of the late 17th century in keeping with the period of the mansion. Belton’s gardens have something for everyone.
The Italian Garden
Inspired by the 1st Earl’s Grand Tour of Italy, Sir Jeffry Wyatville was commissioned to design this sunken garden in the early nineteenth century. Successive Brownlow generations enhanced and enriched its plantings and sculpture. Boasting a fountain centrepiece, topiary, and borders full of vibrant colour, the Italian Garden is a delight to discover amid bright summer bedding displays.
Over the past five years, Belton’s garden team have worked from historic plans, photos and paintings to recreate the deep herbaceous borders running through the centre of the Italian Garden. The borders add 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, this protective environment 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 Belton’s bather statue.
Designed by Jeffry Wyatville in 1810 and built in 1820, Belton’s orangery was built around a cast iron sub-frame, making it the first garden building of its type in England.
In the walled garden behind the Orangery, old-fashioned sweet peas, a rainbow of hollyhocks 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 3rd Earl commissioned the Dutch Garden in the late nineteenth century. 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 in late spring and lavender over the summer months. 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.
The Pleasure Grounds
Over the summer months, Belton’s 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.
Look out for the ha-ha, with views across the parkland and take time to enjoy the tranquillity of the lakes.
If you’re looking to find a quiet spot, take a stroll from the fishing lodge up to the top lake. Over the summer months, the hidden away treasure is covered in water lilies, and you can spot an array of wildlife.
" I love the splendour of the formal gardens in the summer, but there’s also something quite lavish about exploring the pleasure grounds in the warm sunshine. Belton’s gardens are a delight to look after, and summer’s the time to admire all the effort the team have put in over the last few months."