Thank you’s

In advance of what is looking to be our third wedding where the sun will be shining down on Belmount, we have received a big thank you card from our second wedding of the year, where the weather was not quite on our side as much. Rachael and Jordan got married at the beginning of April in a marquee on the West Lawn, battling the rain from the day they arrived. Wet weather wasn’t going to stop anyone from having a fantastic day, though, and it provided many happy stories to tell!!

Dear Chris and Gillie,

Thank you so much for making our wedding day wonderful! Despite the weather, everything was perfect, the house, food, staff and ambience were wonderful. We especially thank you for your hard work, battling the weather/marquee at times.
All the best, and we will have fond memories of Belmount for the rest of our lives!

Rachael and Jordan’s Marquee Wedding

Wedding preparations began in the middle of last week. The marquee arrived on Wednesday, to be set up on our west lawn among the spring daffodils, ready for Rachael and Jordan’s 113 guest wedding at the weekend. After a beautiful sunny Thursday the weather took a turn and it rained from Friday morning through to Saturday evening. This didn’t dampen any spirits and the wedding party happily decorated the marquee with fairy lights, a vintage suitcase for cards, jam jars filled with flowers and retro vinyl records on the tables.

After a church wedding, guests, followed shortly by the new bride and groom, started arriving at Belmount to a canapé and champagne reception in the house before moving to the marquee for their wedding breakfast. The main course was a ‘carve your own’ lamb en croute with each designated carver being given an apron and a set of carving utensils… a very fun idea for the whole party.

The newly married couple finished the meal off with a triple layered wedding cake, before moving up to our west barn rooms for the party and evening entertainment where there was another cake made with five layers of cheese and adorned with fruit from Churchmouse Cheeses. The night continued with a band and lots of dancing! Congratulations to Rachael and Jordan.

cake of cheeseThe cake of cheese

… And a thank you from the mother and father of the groom!

Dear Chris and Gilly,

Thank you so much for all you did to make Jordan and Rachael’s wedding such a perfect and memorable day. We’d like to thank you both for making it so special in spite of all the rain.

Paul and Emma

Rachael and Jordan
The beautiful bride and groom



Beatrix Potter’s Herdwicks at Belmount Hall…

Beatrix Potter bought hill farms and estates, such as Belmount Hall, in the Lake District with the profits from her publications. She was a keen farmer and developed a passion for Herdwick sheep and quickly became an expert breeder of the sheep. In 1923 she bought Troutbeck Park Farm, which is across the valley from Belmount and can be seen from our door, and bred Herdwicks here which she entered in local agricultural shows – winning many awards! When she died in 1943 she left 14 farms, sheep and 4000 acres of land to the National Trust.

These Herdwicks have been under this tree for the past few mornings, obviously having a meeting to discuss the days plans. Or how they can make Beatrix Potter’s 150th Birthday year extra special!


“Like staying at Uncle Chris’ house”.

Belmount Hall Wedding – Hawkshead – Jill and Mike

May 1st, 2013 – comment by Lisa Aldersley, wedding photographer…

“This was my first wedding at Belmount Hall. It was heaven.  There’s no hotel feel at all, it’s as if Uncle Chris said come and have your wedding here at my house.  There are old books and a wonky chair in the hall. The floor creaks a bit. The garden is filled with daffs, it’s Spring. Here’s Jill and Mike’s beautiful wedding day.. .”

I love that comment, as it sums up exactly what we are trying to do at Belmount Hall. I had forgotten who ‘coined the phrase’… .

From Belmount to Beijing.. A Thank you from the honeymooners

A lovely card popped through the Belmount letterbox at the weekend from a couple who got married at Belmount in the summer, and have, since then, been on their honeymoon.

‘It’s now around 19 weeks since we left Belmount and we’ve journeyed through Africa, Nepal, nearing the end of our China travels and will be heading to sunnier climates once again in South East Asia. We know we emailed immediately after the wedding to say thank you for an amazing effort in helping us have a fantastic wedding weekend. So many people said what a wonderful place you have – we couldn’t agree more! We hope to return sometime in the future, maybe to celebrate an anniversary or two! All the very best for 2016. The new Mr and Mrs Walsh’

“..first house.. built.. for the beauty of the country..”

“… a close contender for the title (of ‘the first house that was built in the Lake District for the sake of the beauty of the country’ – ie that was carefully placed to take advantage of the view…) is Belmount, built for the Rev Reginald Braithwaite (1737 – 1809), Vicar of Hawkshead, and complete by mid 1773. The house exploited views over two pieces of water, with little Esthwaite in the foreground and views of Windermere in the distance.”

This is extracted from ‘Patriotism and the Picturesque on the shores of Lake Windermere’, a paper by Karen Lynch… .