Groves-Raines Architects

Belmont House


A-Listed Belmont House was built in 1775 on the most northerly of the Shetland Isles; Unst. The country house had fallen into an advanced state of dereliction when the Belmont Trust was established in 1996, with an aim to save and faithfully restore the building.
Groves-Raines Architects’ conservation philosophy was to disturb the existing fabric of the house as little as possible, whilst restoring the original fabric and features. The full and detailed conservation of the interior and finishes was undertaken by a small team of local tradesmen from Unst. Original materials were re-used where possible and salvaged materials were introduced to match where required.

The project received generous support from a number of agencies and charities, including Historic Scotland and Shetland Islands Council.

Belmont House is now available for event hire and as a holiday let, and serves as a community hub for exhibitions and classes on Unst.

Photographs copyright Mark Sinclair

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