Kitty Lloyd Jones was a plants woman and designer who struck up a friendship with Lady Bearsted. She was one of the first female garden designers, and when she came to Upton in the 1930s together they transformed the gardens into the tumbling terraces of colour you see today.
Great walking from Upton
The ley line walk
This walk follows old ley lines, taking you to stunning views over Warwickshire where you look down on to an English Civil War battlefield. There is a choice of two inns to take a rest, both of which have links to the battle.
The Shenington Round
The Shenington Round takes in the same stunning view as the other two walks but it approaches it from Shenington Village where you can stop off for a welcome break at the Bell Inn.
The What a View walk
This is the shortest of the walks enabling you to take in the highlight of the others, the stunning view from the Edge overlooking Warwickshire below.
Country Pursuits at Upton
At this time of year the house and gardens are ready for a 1930s country house party, just as Lord and Lady Bearsted hosted weekends with close friends and family. Around the grounds you’ll catch a glimpse of the preparations they made at this time of year, like the hurdles down the driveway to practice horse jumping. Spot the photographs from the period around the grounds and get a feel for the atmosphere as they set off on their horses to enjoy the Warwickshire countryside.