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Join the guests of Lord and Lady Bearsted for a weekend in the country and discover more about the life of a 1930s millionaire
Discover how the family made their fortune in the Squash Court Gallery exhibition Shell and the Art of Advertising.
Stepping inside the house you'll find yourself surrounded by Lord Bearsted’s internationally important art and porcelain collections, with works by artists such as Canaletto, Stubbs and Hogarth. Delve deeper and you’ll discover what life was like at Upton in 1938 – read about Lord Bearsted’s passion for art as well as his support for the local community and Jewish causes in Europe.
Lady Bearsted was passionate about developing the gardens with designer Kitty Lloyd Jones. The sweeping lawn gives way to a series of terraces and herbaceous borders leading to a mirror pool. There is a kitchen garden, a tranquil bog garden, spring bulb displays and National Collection of Aster, flowering in late September.
Exhibition throughout 2014
Under the chairmanship of Lord Bearsted, Upton's owner, Shell engaged contemporary artists such as Graham Sutherland and John Piper to create some of the most distinctive advertising material of the century. Come and see original art work and gain a fascinating insight into Lord Bearsted, both as a businessman and philanthropist.
Winter opening hours are 12noon-4pm Friday to Monday.
UNTIL MONDAY 22 DECEMBER: All facilities are open Friday to Monday inclusive. House opening is restricted on Mondays & Fridays to timed tours advertised on the day.
CHRISTMAS: 23 DECEMBER TO 25 DECEMBER: Site closed.
26 DECEMBER -1ST JANUARY: Garden, Restaurant, Shop & Exhibition open. House closed.