Landmark Trust opens John Fowles’ former home for holiday rentals

Restoration of the novelist’s house, Belmont, where he wrote The French Lieutenant’s Woman, means it is now available to book for self-catering breaks

An 18th-century seaside villa that was the home of acclaimed author John Fowles until his death in 2005 is now available for self-catering holiday rentals following an eight-year restoration project by the Landmark Trust.

Belmont, a Grade II-listed building in Lyme Regis, has been restored to its former glory by the historic buildings charity at a cost of £1.8m. The Regency building, which sleeps eight, is already fully booked until the end of 2016.

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