Group visits from April 2017
As Upton launches its new presentation – A Made to Measure Home, there are exciting new opportunities for groups to enjoy a visit to Upton. We’ll host your group’s visit while you are here, so there is always someone around to answer questions and all the admin is taken care of before the day so you can come and simply enjoy the day.
An introduction to Made to Measure Home
This year group visitors are invited to a very special house viewing. Purchased in 1927 by the 2nd Viscount Bearsted Upton had great potential but was in need of modernisation.
We invite your group to follow the renovations and witness the before and after as the Bearsteds create a made to measure family home, fit to showcase a world class art collection, including works by Bosch, Stubbs, El Greco; as well as fine porcelain.
Every ideal home needs a spectacular feature garden. Lady Bearsted’s passion for plants bloomed, with early spring bulbs, lavish herbaceous planting and thriving kitchen garden, all reflecting in the Mirror Pool.
Group bookings for Made To Measure Home are available from 1 April 2017
You can expect…
The personal approach
Every group will have a dedicated Groups Host who will welcome you to Upton, talk to the whole group about your visit and be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions and help you find your way round the site.
A well organised day
As entry to the house is by timed ticket, we will use our experience to ensure your group have time for a relaxed lunch and time to fully enjoy the house and gardens.
Hassle free and high priority
We want your group to have the best day possible at Upton, so we will arrange all payments and ordering in advance of the visit. All refreshments will be served at your tables in the original 1930s kitchen of the house, now an exclusive tea-room for groups. This will provide a private space for your group and this also means you are closer to the house entrance and will avoid waiting in line at the restaurant servery. First Class!
Online booking will also be available in the near future.
A choice of four different visits
We have developed four new visits for you to choose from. In most instances we ask for larger groups to be divided into two smaller groups for entry to the house and for lunch or afternoon tea.
The Sunrising Morning Visit
Arriving at 10am, with coffee and bacon sandwiches on arrival in the Restaurant before we open to visitors. This is followed by a guided tour of the house, then time to explore the gardens, see the introductory exhibition and visit the shop before departing at 1pm.
NT members £11.50. Non-Members £21
A full day visit - Bearsted’s Best
Arriving at 10.30am, in time for a welcome hot drink and shortbread. Enjoy a morning house tour, followed by a two course lunch in the old Kitchen. Allowing time to wander in the gardens, see the introductory exhibition and visit the shop. There will be time to visit the house again at your own pace in the afternoon, with reserved timed entry tickets.
More about the catering for this visit
The group organiser will be asked to select the menu themes in advance and all dietary requirements are catered for. There will be a choice of a chicken, pork or beef seasonal casserole served with bread. The dessert will be a choice of cake. If you are able to advise us in advance of any special dietary requirements it will help avoid any delays on the day.
NT members £17. Non-Members £26.50
A full day visit - Made to Measure
Arriving at 10.30am, in time for a welcome hot drink and shortbread. Enjoy a wander in the gardens, see the introductory exhibition and visit the shop. Lunch will be served in the Old Kitchen, followed by your visit to the house in the afternoon with reserved timed entry tickets.
More about the catering for this visit
Lunch will be a selection of freshly made sandwiches and crisps followed by tea and coffee. All served to your tables.
NT members £10.50. Non-Members £20
The Afternoon Tea visit
Arriving at 1.15pm, with reserved timed tickets for a house visit shortly after; time to explore the gardens, see the introductory exhibition and shop as well as a full afternoon tea, before departing at 4.45pm. Afternoon tea consists of scones with jam and clotted cream and a selection of individual cakes made fresh daily, seasonal finger sandwiches and tea or filter coffee.
NT members £16.50. Non-members £26
Booking your catering in advance
We are getting busier and busier, we want to ensure a high standard of service for all our visitors at these times. Everyone wants lunch at lunchtime, and to ensure you get the best service, we ask you to select one of the options above which include a meal for your group at a pre-booked time, in a dedicated room in the historic house itself.
We’ll ensure your food is prepared on time when you arrive, so you can take a seat and continue to enjoy your day out. Our catering team will be on hand to make sure your group has everything it needs.
We hope everyone in your group will appreciate being able to avoid the queue and be seated together in a private dining room as soon as they arrive.
If you'd like to bring a small group of 15-20 people and forgo a tour and lunch in a private room, please ask us about avaiability and for further details by giving us a call, as detailed below. Admission prices for groups of 15 or more is £9.50 per person. National Trust members are free.
How to book:
Group bookings are available from 1 April 2017.
- Please select which visit you would like from the options above.
- Please call our dedicated booking line on 01295 671122 to check availability for the date you’d like to visit.
- We’ll reserve the date and send you more information about bringing a group, such as where to park, and ask for a small deposit to confirm the booking.
- 14 days before your visit we ask you to confirm your final numbers and to pay for the balance for the visit. For those on the Bearsted’s Best tour please let us know your lunch menu preference at this time.
We are happy to answer any questions so please don't hesitate to ask.