Beautiful 17th century house with views towards the English Channel.
Little remains of the original garden although the National Trust is gradually restoring it to the 19th century design.
Grass paths are cut through the meadow in front of the house – beautiful during the summer months with wildflowers, butterflies and buzzing insects.
Enjoy the scented garden – filled with lillies and philadelphus and pretty summer borders.
Other features to discover are an Orangery, carved Gothic seat and the woodland near the house.
If you are visiting the house, don’t miss the beautiful 18th century dolls’ house.
National Trust members visit for free
Attributed to William Talman, the house was built c1690 for Forde Grey.
Grey’s grandson made improvements to the house before selling to Matthew Fetherstonhaugh in 1746. Fetherstonhaugh made substantial alterations to the house, demolishing the service buildings and replacing them with pavilions.
In 1793, Sir Harry Fetherstonhaugh commissioned Humphry Repton to redesign the house and gardens. Repton produced his Red Book in 1810, writing: ‘It would appear presumptive of me to suggest any improvement or alteration to a place which possess so many natural advantages as Uppark.’
The estate passed through several hands until 1930 when it was given to Admiral The Hon. Sir Herbert Meade, 4th Earl of Clanwilliam.
Taking on the name Fetherstonhaugh, Sir Herbert and Lady Mead-Fetherstonhaugh began an extensive restoration project. They gave Uppark to the National Trust in 1954.