Following local concern the DHBT was approached by the Stringer Lawrence Memorial Trust which was formed to safeguard the Belvedere’s future, to assist them obtain the necessary funding to restore the near derelict 18th century Grade II* castle.
Funds were secured through extensive local fund raising and with financial support from English Heritage; Teignbridge District Council and Devon County Council. On completion of the restoration in 1994 the DHBT took on the lease Keeping the building open to the public and all income is used to maintain the castle and grounds. During the summer of 2016 an extensive redecoration of the exterior is underway with assistance from Viridor Credits.
The Role of DHBT – Buy, lease and retain
The DHBT is able to lease a property, renovate it and retain it for the future. Any profits from business use or rent are used to maintain the property.