Belmont is a house – small but perfectly formed, it is one of the finest Georgian houses in Scotland. Built in 1775 and lived in by the same family until the mid-20th century, it retains all the original features.
After years of neglect, the Belmont Trust was formed to save the house, left by an absentee owner to become derelict. It is part of Shetland’s – and Scotland’s – heritage both historical and architectural. Now it has been fully restored, the house is available for community and public use, a venue for art, music, weddings, gatherings, a place to stay; peaceful and beautiful; with gardens to walk in and sunsets to paint.
Reduced to a scale appropriate to Shetland the house has all the design features expected of the finest houses of its period. The symmetrical frontage, quadrant walls, advanced pavilions and the formally laid out policies, running down to the sea, are all unique in the Northern Isles. Internally the timber panelling, dentilled cornices, original fixtures and fine door surrounds are of the highest quality. Fortunately for the Trust these all remain in place and although in part decayed have been fully restored.
In front of the house formal walled gardens were laid out, sloping down to shores of Bluemull Sound. These were derelict but are slowly being restored, the paths are still there, outlined by daffodils in the spring. In one of them a tennis court was built, about 100 years ago.
The Belmont Trust can also arrange guided walks, guided fishing trips, bird watching and tours of the island if requested.