The garden this winter at Uppark
Uppark’s unique position, perched high above the South Downs, makes it a great location for a refreshing winter stroll. You can really blow away those indoor cobwebs here, as you wander across the gardens to take in the magnificent panoramic views. From January 2018 we’re welcoming dogs on leads too.
Uppark’s hill-top isolation lends the gardens a wonderful tranquillity and stillness, especially in these colder months. You’ll find rich remnants of colour in early winter - from the sedum that has turned a deep maroon, and the splashes of red and orange foliage in the beech woods.
As winter progresses, the beautiful, skeletal forms of the trees become more evident. If you’re walking in the meadow look out for the wind-ravaged but majestic copper beech, shaped by the prevailing winds.
The garden you see today is believed to be the work of two of our most famous landscape gardeners: Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and Humphry Repton. Brown, known for his ‘natural’ landscaping style, made significant changes to Uppark in the mid-eighteenth century, creating carefully orchestrated views for visitors to explore and enjoy.
" It would appear presumptive of me to suggest any improvement or alteration to a place which possesses so many natural advantages as Uppark."
Repton is likely to have created Uppark’s series of circuit paths you can still use today. You’ll also discover elements of his more flamboyant ‘Rococco’ style landscaping, such as the beautiful carved Gothic seat that gives you views of the South Downs, and the ornate Coade urn near the entrance.
Once you have explored the grounds, you might like to warm up with a creamy hot chocolate or hearty soup in our nearby café. We’ve got lots of seasonal treats on offer and everything is homemade.