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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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  • My husband and I drive up to see Mottisfont on a chilly but sunny February afternoon. Everything was very well organised and although it was extremely busy it really didn't feel that way. The guides a...  more »
  • We had a fantastic few hours walking around the grounds and house, I'm sure that when the summer comes the whole place will come alive. The artwork in the house is amazing especially in the main room ...  more »
  • My husband and I visited Mottisfont to see the Whistler exhibition. The grounds are simply stunning, the River Test meanders through a superb landscape which supports various flora and fauna - we spen...  more »