Belmont House sold as a family home, holiday and event venue

The historic Belmont House in Unst has been sold, its former owners have confirmed.

The Belmont Trust, which was set up to restore the Grade A listed building in 1996, made the announcement on Friday.

Trust Chairman Mike Finnie said: “We are delighted that the new owners are making Belmont House their family home and will also continue to run the property as a vacation and events venue.

“Over the past 25 years, our volunteer trustees have put a tremendous amount of work into the restoration and then successful management of Belmont House.

“We are very grateful for the support of the many people from Unst and Shetland who have contributed to the success of Belmont.

“The Belmont Trust has achieved its goal of restoring the house for future generations.”

The trust bought the 18th century Georgian villa for £5 after it fell into disrepair. The trustees carried out a £1million restoration program to restore the building to its former glory.

It has won several restoration awards since its completion in 2011 and has been rented out as a self-catering property and as a wedding and conference venue for the past 10 years.

The house, along with two acres of landscaped grounds, went on the market last summer with an asking price of £395,000.

Mr Finnie said the trust had accepted ‘the best offer’.

After the sale, he said the directors intended to dissolve the charity, with the remaining funds to be distributed “in accordance with our charitable purpose”.

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