A little while ago I paid a visit to Upton House and Gardens with my family. Upton estate has a history going back to the 12th century. Little of this past, beyond the 1930s era to which it has been restored, is now evident, however the National Trust does a reasonable job of maintaining a ‘lived-in’ feeling in the house. A CD of shrill crooning played in the long gallery is made up for by samples of fresh scones in the kitchen (yes, the AGA still works!), and the garden is almost as abundantly populated with pumpkins as the pond is with equally fat orange carp.
Equal to the garden, the best aspect of Upton is its art collection. There’s a particularly impressive array of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Netherlandish paintings displayed throughout the house and in the terrific squash court gallery.
- Adoration of the Kings, Hieronymous Bosch, c.1495
- The Death of the Virgin, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1564
- The Interior of the Church of St. Catherine, Utrecht, Pieter Jansz. Saenredam, 1655–1660
- The Duet or “Le corset blue”, Gabriel Metsu, mid-1660s