One of the most outstanding features of the Belmont property is its rich history, being one of the most prominent Regency houses still standing in the town of Douglas. The 1830s saw a number of new houses being built along Peel Road, the most impressive of which was Belmont. Belmont was first purchased by George William Dumbell, a well-known businessman and member of the House of Keys, which is the Isle of Man legislature. The property saw many opulent celebrations and underwent a number of alterations and modifications under Dumbell, remaining under his ownership until 1887.
Belmont was put up for auction in 1888 with the suggestion that it could be converted into a hydropathic establishment or private asylum. However the property garnered little interest and after repeated attempts at a sale, the estate gave up on the idea and let the property to Chief Constable William Freeth and his wife. Their son was a captain serving in the Boer War and the Freeth’s decided to place the property at the disposal of the state for use as a convalescent home for returning, injured soldiers.
By 1908, the property was finally sold at property auction and with the arrival of mains water and drainage, the house was divided into sections housing separate service quarters, a library and study. The house was acquired by Government Secretary Bertram E Sargeaunt until 1954, where it was purchased by John and Kathryn Crowe. The Crowes not only raised their family in Belmont but used it in raising funds for various charities.
Now a B&B, Belmont is one of Douglas’ finest Regency houses that has retained many of the architectural features that make it such a beautiful and timeless property.
Belmont B&B is an ideal location, on a residential street to offer quiet, but near enough to the business district, shopping and restaurants areas in Douglas. Just a 20 minute walk away are Douglas town, North Quay and the railway station. Belmont is roughly 1.2 miles away from TT Grandstand, 650 yards away from The Manx Museum and 650 yards from Gaiety Theatre.
Bus stops are a 5 minute walk away, with routes all around the island taking you to all the major attractions on the island. Isle of Man Airport is 7.5 miles from the property and the Sea Terminal is less than a mile away.
Please note that Belmont Road is a 350 metre walk from the main road, up quite a steep hill. So we are always happy to come down to meet you by car on the main road or in town, to save you the hill climb!
We have ample secure free parking and storage for bicycles if required. We have two electric bicycles which can be rented if you want to explore the countryside or ride along the heritage trail to Peel.
We are Phil and Julie, and we fell in love with Belmont when we found it for sale in 2013 in disused and dilapidated condition. We spent a year carefully putting the old house back together with a fantastic local building firm and moved in, in November 2014.
Phil and I have taken early retirement from work to be on hand for our guests at Belmont B&B, which we really enjoy. We live at the house with our two Labradors; Mabel and Ruben, who are both very friendly dogs and will be happy to say hello! We take great pleasure in meeting people from all over the world into Belmont B&B, and will do everything we can to ensure you too have an unforgettable stay in the Isle of Man.
We are very proud to have been awarded a 4 Star Silver Award rating from Visit England. We’ve also proudly achieved a rating of 9.9 on Booking.com, becoming a particular favourite with couples.
If you have any questions or would like to stay at Belmont B&B, on the Isle of Man, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
We thought our hosts were very attentive and catered for every possible outcome. So thoughtful dropping us into town and picking me up from the ferry. An outstanding home and wonderful facilities. The two dogs are adorable and very friendly indeed. Thanks to Julie and Phil for their outstanding contribution to our weekend. We will be back!
The cinema in the basement was also fantastic, hopefully next time we will be able to have time to watch a film.