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Mottisfont Abbey, Mottisfont

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#4 of 64 in Historic Sites in Hampshire
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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  • August 20, 2017
    We belong to the National Trust and whilst in the area visited Mottisfont Abbey. Its a great day out with loads to look at - go to the walled gardens and also walk along the man made stream. Wasps are...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Very crowded today (school holidays) but still plenty of space for everyone. Very interesting house and exceptionally well-informed and helpful volunteers. Loved the casual atmosphere in the house. Yo...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The events and trails put on by Mottisfont are always really good. Gardens are very enjoyable and interesting for children. Climbing, water play, tree dens, hills to roll down, lots of space to run ar...  more »

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