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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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  • Main feature seems to be the large garden (accounting for 15 out of the 20 'Highlights'). But on a cold November day not investigated. The house looks impressive but interior is disappointing - essent...  more »
  • This is a well visited National Trust Property. The visit we took was just before Halloween with a spooky trail set out for younger visitors. We arrived in time to avail ourselves of the guided tour o...  more »
  • We was going on holiday from the cruise terminal in nearby Southampton and had a couple of hours spare so we called in at Mottisfont. It's a lovely place to visit and needs more time allocating than w...  more »