Property History


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The house has been loved and admired by many for decades. It is a landmark property in the heart of the renowned spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells. It has been lovingly restored and refurbished.

Belleville is located on the Royal Tunbridge Wells Common. The house is central, conveniently positioned in front of the main walk into town.

While the exact origins of the house are not documented, it is believed that the property was first build in the 1720s. William Makepeace Thackeray stayed here as a young man, and later made reference to it in his book Vanity Fair.

To this day, Belleville attracts attention and intrigue. It has been built into the sandstone rocks of the town and commands a handsome position. Thackeray’s, the famous Michelin starred restaurant is opposite the house. The town centre is under five minutes away and after the short walk  you will be surrounded with an abundance of shops, restaurants and bars. The Pantiles – a short ten minute walk away – is an utterly beautiful, historic part of Royal Tunbridge Wells, which hosts summer nights of live jazz and weekend farmers markets.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells itself is steeped in history and Belleville features on one of the guided walking tours. Information about these walks, details of places of interest, dates for your diary, opening times, special offers and admission fees are available through the Royal Tunbridge Wells Tourism Office.

bodiam-castle-belleville The Pantiles is one of the first places you would want to visit when staying at Belleville. There are plenty of shopping, eating and drinking opportunities here, along with a selection of events and entertainment. Music festivals and farmers markets are hosted during in the summer months, while art galleries pubs and independent shops are open all year round. A recent addition to the Pantiles is celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager’s Cooking School.

There is ample opportunity for retail therapy in Royal Tunbridge Wells, with the Royal Victoria Place only five minutes walk from Belleville. Chapel Place, Vale Road and the Old High Street are also on hand with small independent shops.

Also on your doorstep are restaurants such as Thackeray’s and The Hotel du Vin, as well as independent coffee shops like The Cake Shed, Juliets, Ismail and Basil.

If you want to venture a little way out of town, there are many attractions and activities available. The National Trust have Hever Castle, Chartwell, Knole, Bodiam Castle, Igtham Mote, Batemans, Downe House and Sissinghurst Castle all local, to name a few. Nearby English Heritage sites include Battle Abbey and Bayham Old Abbey, while local independent properties include Groombridge Place, Penshurst Place, Leeds Castle and Pashley Manor Gardens.

Bewl Water near Lamberhurst houses the regions largest reservoir, and is ideal for sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, fly fishing and alike. If you prefer cycling, horse riding, or walking Bedgebury Forest is home to 2 thousand acres of trees, including Go Ape, should you fancy spending a little time swinging around. There is also the Spa Valley Railway, Wine Tasting at Biddenden, lots of country pubs and you’re never far from the coast either.

To stretch your legs closer to Belleville though, you can enjoy the Common or Dunorlan Park, or even Nevill Park Golf Course which is within walking distance. Other local golf courses include The London Golf Course, Dale Hill in Flimwell, Lamberhurst Golf Course and Tunbridge Wells Golf Club.