SOUTH HARTING, WEST SUSSEX
Sitting in Georgian splendour high on a South Downs ridge and commanding views as far as the English Channel, this handsome National Trust property contains collections of French furniture, art and ceramics. With a host of elegant rooms to marvel at above stairs and the Victorian servants quarters to explore below, a world-famous dolls’ house in the basement and bats in the roof space, Uppark has something everyone will enjoy as well as being set in beautiful rolling countryside. Amazingly, the house was brought back to its former glory from a burnt-out shell after a disastrous fire in 1989, when priceless pictures and furniture were rescued by stewards and members of the public. There’s a restaurant on site and a shop selling local produce. Tea on the lawn is a popular option in summer.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Ramps, lift to basement
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open 16 Mar-2 Nov, Sun-Thu. Garden, shop & restaurant 11-5; House 11-4.30 (11-12.30 open for guided tours only, details on arrival). House, garden, shop & restaurant 9 Nov-21 Dec, Sun only 11-3
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About The area
Discover West Sussex
Divided from East Sussex back in 1888, West Sussex is so typically English that to walk through its landscape will feel like a walk through the whole country. Within its boundaries lies a wide variety of landscape and coastal scenery, but it is the spacious and open South Downs with which the county is most closely associated.
In terms of walking, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Studying the map reveals a multitude of routes – many of them to be found within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park – and an assortment of scenic long-distance trails leading towards distant horizons; all of them offer a perfect way to get to the heart of ‘Sussex by the sea,’ as it has long been known. If you enjoy cycling with the salty tang of the sea for company, try the ride between Chichester and West Wittering. You can vary the return journey by taking the Itchenor ferry to Bosham.
West Sussex is renowned for its many pretty towns, of course. Notably, there is Arundel, littered with period buildings and dominated by the castle, the family home of the Duke of Norfolk, that dates back nearly 1,000 years.
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