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Thursday, 24 September 2015

Lyme Regis, Dorset: John Fowles' House; Landmark Trust; Open Days

Seaside villa where John Fowles lived to open doors after £1,8m restoration (BBC News)

"Belmont was Fowles's home for almost four decades from 1968, and it was where he completed his classic novel The French Lieutenant's Woman.... Like the trust's other 195 buildings, Belmont will be let out for short breaks"

About Belmont House, Landmark Trust

May 2013 posting

Telegraph, 2012

Bridport News, 2012

We'll be able to judge for ourselves on the Belmont Open Days, 26 and 27 September 2015

Listed Building

From Landmark Trust:

Writing study breaks

"Our free, twice yearly creative writing study weeks are currently an exclusive arrangement with the Creative Writing Department at the University of East Anglia, with which John Fowles had close links".

John Fowles’s hopes for Belmont
"John Fowles, the author of seminal works such as The Magus and The French Lieutenant's Woman, lived at Belmont from 1968-2005. Towards the end of his life, he approached Landmark to help realise his wish that after his death, Belmont could be enjoyed by other writers and as many people as possible, through use as a Landmark. Above all, he wanted to prevent Belmont being turned insensitively into a hotel or boarding house. His writing room on the first floor overlooking the Cobb will play a pivotal role within the restored house and will become the main drawing room for visitors. It will include a writing desk and a large number of John Fowles books in the library, alongside other works illuminating the history of this fine house. In the attached stable block a permanent exhibition will be created, celebrating the lives of Belmont’s previous residents".

See also, Andrew Riley, The Times, 24 October 2015

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