Belhaven House


This beautifully restored prefab house, built between 1899 and 1904, shows the lifestyle of the privileged in the late Victorian and early Edwardian eras. The central corridor leads to the grand dining room and bedrooms, where the sturdy dressers hid the repressed desires of colonial society.

The ticket also covers Stopforth House.

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