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Mottisfont Abbey, Mottisfont

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Originally founded in 1201 as an Augustinian priory, Mottisfont Abbey now stands as a romantic house set in riverside gardens. The priory was destroyed during the dissolution of the monasteries under King Henry VIII. Mottisfont was bestowed to a favored statesman who turned it into a country home, though sections of the original medieval church remain. Explore the house and find traces of the people who have lived there for 800 years, from the great cellarium where the monks kept their stores, to the knick-knacks of 20th-century hostess Maud Russell. Amble through the garden, a mix of formal lawns and specialist spaces, and trek further into the surrounding woodland, filled with ancient trees and bubbling brooks. Check out the gallery, which runs different exhibitions and installations throughout the year. Top off your visit by feasting on local produce at the Kitchen Cafe, or indulge your sweet tooth at the ice cream parlor in the stable block. See Mottisfont Abbey and all Mottisfont has to offer by arranging your trip with our Mottisfont travel itinerary planner .
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  • An interesting property but to get the best out of it I would recommend the guided tour to get the most information. Unfortunately we didn't get to see the gardens due to poor weather but would defini...  more »
  • Although beautiful from the outside, the house has been dramatically altered inside and now includes a large upstairs gallery space, which was a little disappointing, as we would have preferred it to ...  more »
  • Mottisfont is wonderful whatever the time of year. The grounds and gardens are great. Love the varied art displays. The Heath- Robinson display is amusing & fascinating.  more »
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