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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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  • This National Trust property is one of the best we have visited. Took two young granddaughters. The house and art gallery are so good even capturing the girls attention as they have a game to spot the...  more »
  • The gardens look great in Spring, particularly so when the sun is shining. The walks are great. During this visit there was an exhibition about the artist Rex Whistler - it provided a fascinating insi...  more »
  • We visited here in April 2017 with a 7 & 4 year old. The grounds are full of great places for them to explore, climb and play. We did not go in the house as the weather was too nice and the children w...  more »