The Upton Cressett Blog

Sleeping with History

29th September 2017

Owners of properties that offer the chance to sleep with a slice of history – a Scottish castle, a stately home hotel or our Elizabethan Gatehouse – have never been exactly shy about showing off their guest books as a […]

Triple festivities at Upton Cressett

19th October 2015

There were triple festivities at Upton Cressett over the weekend with the christening of our four month old daughter Cosima and the 50th wedding anniversary of my parents with a special dinner on Saturday night with our old neighbours the […]

It's a Battlefield

1st September 2015

This week Spear’s is submitting its ‘Heritage and the NPPF’ briefing report for Greg Clark’s team of advisors at the Department of Communities and Local Government in Victoria. The results – based on research during our Save Britain’s Historic Landscape […]

'Summer before the Storm': John Piper and John Betjeman at Upton Cressett, 1939

29th August 2015

I was delighted to learn from the BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme that previously unknown photographs from the John Piper archive have just been put on line after a major Heritage Lottery Fund grant to Tate Britain gallery in London had made […]

2015 Hudson’s Heritage Awards

28th August 2015

The winners of the prestigious 2015 Hudson’s Heritage Awards were revealed at a lunch reception. Dan Snow, historian and broadcaster, presented the awards at Goldsmiths Hall in London with around 100 invited guests including owners and managers of the winning entries, representatives […]

Peacock Trouble

14th June 2015

I was pleased to see that our star White Peacocks made the pages of Tatler this summer. Alas the story only tells half the story of the peaccock wars at Upton Cressett – as a result, we are now down to […]

To Windsor Castle: And the Band Played on…

29th November 2014

I recently attended the  ‘Investiture at Windsor Castle’ for my father’s knighthood for over 30 years of political service. Each person receiving an honour is allowed to invite up to three guests. It was a fine October day, with the early morning […]

The Vanity of HS2 Wishes

7th November 2014

We haven’t even got anywhere near starting HS2 and already Osborne is launching HS3. There is a case that high speed travel across the country – say from Manchester to Leeds – is more of a priority than a line […]

The August Bank Holiday: Welcome to Upton Downstairs!

22nd August 2014

This year Laura and myself have gone for a Bank Holiday Blitz of new attractions. There is our new Medieval Tea Pavilion; Laura’s Rose Garden (below), the new Gatehouse borders by Lindsay Bousfield. Andy the gardener has been planting up […]