About the House
From stunning to breathtaking. The Belmont House Restoration History laid out:
Belmont House is a Category ‘A’ Listed building built in 1775 by Thomas Mouat overlooking the Bluemull Sound with extraordinary views southwards towards Yell and Fetlar. Immaculately restored, this elegant house is set into a designed landscape with walled formal gardens which are included in the Inventory of Historic Gardens.
Relax in the lush green gardens and listen to birds in the trees, while the waves roll in and out on the beach below. It’s one of the most peaceful places imaginable.
The house itself provides a fully equipped self-catering accommodation experience with five bedrooms and plenty of other communal rooms to relax in.
Make the most of the magnificent views from the first-floor drawing room (Blue Room) with windows on three sides showing astonishing views across Unst and Yell. Be inspired in Mouat’s writing room with its Venetian windows looking over the sea to Yell and towards Fetlar.
Cook a feast in the fully equipped kitchen or explore the pavilions in the landscaped gardens – all after a day exploring the majestic scenery, wildlife and Viking heritage right on your doorstep.
Stay at Belmont House
Belmont House is a community asset but owned and operated by the Wilson family since June 2022 and was purchased from The Belmont Trust which raised the funds to save and restore the house from ruin. Without guests and the support of the community, Belmont House could not survive – especially since running costs are high, with regular maintenance required to preserve the building against the harsh northern climate. By staying at Belmont House, you are directly helping preserve this wonderful historic property for future generations to enjoy.
Being able to trace his DNA lineage to the Shetland Islands over 20 generations, Martin is now ‘back at home’ on the island of Unst. With a love of period buildings and a knowledge of conservation methods, Martin is looking to revitalise Belmont House and honour the Trusts vision.
Belmont House truly is the ideal venue for groups of family and friends, looking for accommodation in Unst. It’s calming, tranquil and immersed in nature.
So why not head north and discover all that Belmont has to offer? Please book directly with us as it also saves money on commission fees that are better spent directly on the house.
For more information contact Martin or Kerry on:
Guests at Belmont House can make use of the following facilities, included in our service:
- Free EE 4G Wi-fi broadband with Daco mesh system
- Rangemaster Electric range
- BBQ and Smoker
- Grundig Fridge/freezer
- Washing Machine
- Tumble Dryer
- Brabantia rotary dryer
- Bosch Dishwasher
- Full Central Heating
- Cot, highchair and stairgate available
- CD Player
- Two large bathrooms
- Shower room (ground floor access)
- Samsung Smart TV’s
- Panasonic DVD Player
- Alexa Home Smart System
- Toys, CD’s, DVD’s, books and games
All bed linen is provided, as well as a hand towel and bath towel per person. Tea towels and bathmats are also provided. Cots and cot bedding are available on request.
The Blue Drawing Room boasts a large fireplace and stove where you can relax in splendour and cosy up with a log fire. Logs and kindling are available on request.
Visitors renting the house have exclusive use of the house forecourt and back garden areas. Please note the three walled areas outwith the forecourt are community gardens and also open to the public.
The ground floor has a functional hand-crafted carpenter’s kitchen with a range cooker, dishwasher and large fridge in a walk-in larder. Open shelving enables everything to be easily at hand for cooking, whether elaborate meals or simple breakfasts. The kitchen can seat up to six for informal eating with views to the south over the garden.
Also on the ground floor is the panelled dining room, bright during the day and elegant for candlelit evening dining.
Adjoining the dining room is the cosy family room with a sofa bed sleeping two. This room may be used as a sitting room for reading, playing games, watching DVD’s or cosying up with a nice cup of tea, and it makes a delightful bedroom for 2 people if required.
A bathroom with shower, toilet, heated towel rail and wash hand basin is convenient to the inner back door.
The ground floor also has a glazed porch to the rear of the house, for taking off wet coats and boots or just sitting in the early morning – or watching the sunset to the north in the summer months.
The first floor has always been the principal floor.
Venetian Writing Room
The Venetian writing room is dominated by its huge windows. With a writing desk, bookshelves and internet access it is an ideal space to read or write or simply gaze out to sea and watch ferries, birds and islands.
The large drawing room has an exquisite, original, fire surround which has been carefully restored. With windows on three sides, the room is always bright and has spectacular views. The walls are painted in Oval Room Blue, as they were in 1775.
The main bedroom faces south has a double bed and is decorated in Oval Room Blue. The other bedroom on this floor has twin beds and a sophisticated colour scheme of London Stone paintwork with a grey slate fire surround.
The attic floor completes the accommodation with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Attic Floor Bedrooms
The box bedroom, stretching the width of the house, has two single beds as well as one full-length box bed sleeping one and one short box bed which can accommodate one child. The other attic room has twin beds; it has a cosy feel.
Attic Floor Bathrooms
The ‘O’Mill Bathroom’ has a freestanding bath with shower fitting and the ‘Ships Bathroom’ has a raised bath tucked under the eaves of the house.
Outside in the front forecourt, the east pavilion is the laundry and drying room, with deep sinks, a washing machine and a tumble dryer at ground level. The room also has a pulley for drying clothes and airing damp outdoor clothing.
The west pavilion is currently closed for refurbishment.
Grounds and Gardens
Guests at Belmont have exclusive use of the front forecourt and the rear grassed areas. There is also unrestricted access into the walled gardens to the front of the house and, by observing the country code, all of the landscape surrounding the house.