Mottisfont Abbey, Mottisfont
Categories: Gardens, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Museums, Tourist Spots
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. For Mottisfont Abbey and beyond, use our Mottisfont vacation route planner to get the most from your Mottisfont vacation.
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We chose a lovely day for our visit - the sun shone and it was a crisp autumn day. The new visitor centre is very nice as is the new shop attached to it. We enjoyed our walk round the rose garden - ev... read more »
This is a magical place. The highlight is the clear natural spring that emerges in the grounds from an ancient, bowl shaped structure and wends is way down to the river. The walled gardens are spectac... read more »
This National Trust has a very attractive walled garden. This is much more than just a rose garden but had many shrubs and herbaceous plants in October. We also went round the house and able to enjoy ... read more »
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