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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. For Mottisfont Abbey and beyond, use our Mottisfont vacation route planner to get the most from your Mottisfont vacation.
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  • Took a drive to Mottisfont with my Dad and after 5 minutes we bumped into a lovely man called Chris who invited us on a tour around the grounds. Chris had a wealth of information about the history of ...  more »
  • On holiday 12-16/12/16 wanted to visit as National Trust Member lovely grounds though a little wet, house was decorated for Christmas on the ground floor would love to see more rooms next year when re...  more »
  • We've been visiting the house and gardens at Mottisfont Abbey for 2-3 decades. It's a pleasant place for an hour's walk in summer or winter but it can get very busy for parking and food. The house is ...  more »