Having been a member of The National Trust for my entire life, it's always a relief to know these beautiful escapes exist and do so no matter where I find myself on the map. They consistently guarantee beautiful views, immaculately-kept gardens, delicious food and on many occasions, historic houses bursting with spectacular interior design. I've visited Uppark a couple of times now, however on this occasion I visited with a friend late in the day on our way back from elsewhere. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to explore the house, however there was no sense of loss thanks to the incredible gardens on offer. What I love most about Uppark is that nothing is done 'half-heartedly', in fact rather the opposite - it's an oasis of peaceful beauty.
After indulging in two slices of cake each (I know, I know..), we began wandering through the grounds and admiring the view from each new turn. Seriously, three cheers for grass and the severe lack of gravel, as I was wearing heeled boots this day and wasn't at all in the mood for breaking either of my ankles!
Top - H&M
Jeans - Topshop Tall MOTO
Boots - Heavenly Feet Affi Boots (anti-fatigue footwear)
Bag - Zara Mock Croc Messenger Bag
As the sun began to go down, I had one of those moments where you appreciate how fortunate you are. Fortunate for having such places on offer to visit and for even being able to unwind. There are so many people in the world who don't even have the opportunity to relax (just turn on the news!), let alone pick and choose where they decide to relax on that given day. Uppark really is like a beautiful bubble that encourages you to take a seat at one of it's many seating areas scattered across the gardens, relax your shoulders, close your eyes and simply be thankful.
Speaking of being grateful, the above image shows remnants of the fire of 1989 at Uppark (see here for images). Thankfully, nobody was harmed, however the historic damage was incredible and it took many years for the building to be restored to it's former glory. There is a converted stable in the grounds of Uppark which still houses some of those fire-damanged pieces and for some reason this is one of my favourite aspects at the Petersfield-based National Trust destination. It's like seeing the history of history itself which makes me all the happier to know Uppark is standing tall once more and available to be seen by people like you and me!
If you feel as though you're in great need of somewhere peaceful to help you unwind (and that also provides tasty slabs of cake), the 18th-century house is open from 11 until 4.30 and the grounds and café stay open a little longer. You can check out the admission prices here or alternatively, become a National Trust member and join me for a garden-stroll sometime!
Uppark House & Gardens