Group visits to the Made to Measure home

People in the gallery

Bring your group to visit Upton House and Gardens, see our famous art collection, enjoy the beautiful gardens or hear stories of Upton's history as a home 'made to measure' in the 1920s.

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 in advance so you can simply enjoy the day.

 

An introduction to a 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 world class collections of porcelaine and art, including works by Bosch, Stubbs, El Greco.

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.

You can expect…

The personal approach

Every group will be warmly welcomed to Upton, we will provide an introduction to your visit and will be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions and to 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.

Pre-planning for an easy day

We want your group to have the best day possible at Upton, so we can arrange all payments and ordering in advance of the visit. For Bearstead's Best Package all refreshments will be served at your tables in the original 1930s kitchen of the house, now an exclusive tea-room for groups. For the Made to Measure Package, the restaurant will warmly welcome you for free flow throughout the day.

A choice of different visits

We have developed new packages for you to chose 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.
 

Bearsted’s Best - a full day visit

Available for groups of 15-50.

Arrive at 10:30am for a welcome hot drink and shortbread.  Enjoy a private guided tour of Upton House followed by a two course hot lunch in Iris’s Tearoom, which will be made available exclusively for your group. The group will enjoy a seasonal casserole with a hunk of crusty bread followed by a choice of National Trust baked-on-the-premises cakes.

There will be time to wander the gardens and even to re-visit the house on a ‘free flow’ basis at your own pace in the afternoon.  There will also be time to visit the ever-popular National Trust shop.  You will have a Welcome Host available to you throughout the visit.
 
Price per person: Members £15.50 Non-members £25.50 (to include admission).

Made to Measure

Available for groups of 15-50 people, flexible arrival time.

This light-touch visit allows you to bring a group to Upton to enjoy your day your way. We will reserve tickets for the group to visit the house. Our team will be on hand during your visit to help your group to get the most from their time at Upton.

Price per non-member: £10 (for admission). National Trust members - free

If you are interested in arranging food packages or tours for your group, please call the booking line, and these can be arranged.

How to book

  • Select which visit you would like from the options outlined.
  • Download and complete the booking form
  • Or call our booking line on 01295 671122 to check availability for the date you’d like to visit.
  • On receipt of a booking form we’ll reserve the date and send you more information about bringing a group.
  • We require confirmation of your final numbers 14 days before your visit. If you have booked the Bearsted’s Best option 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.