Mottisfont is a National Trust owned house, gallery and gardens, with a year round programme of events, exhibitions, and seasonal interest in the gardens. It is particularly famous for the National Collection of old-fashioned roses which flower in June, Rex Whistler's trompe l'oeil drawing room, and high quality art exhibitions.
Where is Mottisfont located?
Mottisfont is located in a historic village of the same name, near the market town of Romsey, Hampshire, in the Test Valley.
What is the history of Mottisfont to the present day?
Whilst Mottisfont is an 18th century country house, the history of the site dates back much further, to its origins as an Augustinian priory, back at the start of the 13th century. There have been many remodelings and renovations through the ages, bringing it to its current Georgian architecture.
In the 1930s, Mottisfont became the home of Maud Russell, and she invited artists to her home to be inspired by it. Rex Whistler painted the magnificent drawing room. There is a permanent contemporary art collection on display, and exhibitions are held throughout the year.
What is there to see and do at Mottisfont?
Visitors can admire the spectacular drawing-room, which was painted by Rex Whistler, and tour the contemporary art collection and gallery space. Outside, the gardens are stunning, with a a walled rose garden, a surprising winter garden, and many other treasures. Mottisfont is a family-friendly space, and during school holidays, activity trails take place. There is also a family-friendly exhibition during the summer months.
There are two cafes, as well as refreshment kiosks and shops.