May 2010

As we were in Warwickshire and had just had a quick look around Coughton Court we decided to take advantage of our National Trust membership and pop into the reasonably nearby property of Upton House too before resuming our trip northwards towards Wakefield.

We started with a walk of the grounds of the place in order to take advantage of the good weather which we suspected might change. The landscape gardens of Upton Court were wonderful, sloping down from the main house and including a swimming pool, a lake, and a walled garden area below the line of sight of the long lawn. The pool in particular looked very nice with its steps descending into the water at one end.

The decor inside Upton House was in keeping with a 1920s aesthetic which meant there were lots of art deco period pieces here and there. Outside brutalism it’s my favourite type of design so this was lovely to see and made a nice change from the older periods that make up the bulk of trust properties of this size. The bathroom was a true marvel to see with its reflective, metallic surfaces. I’d probably have to say that Upton House is one of the most memorable buildings I’ve explored in the United Kingdom and it’s one I should make the effort to pop up to Warwickshire and visit again one day.

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