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Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0LP

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Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0LP

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Summary

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.

Mottisfont also has a Garden:

Mottisfont (Garden Section)

Inspirations

Mottisfont is part of the following Inspirations:

Ten of the best autumn walks by Natalie French

"The beautiful house and gardens at Mottisfont Abbey come alive this autumn with an array of art exhibition. Whilst admiring the red and gold tinged landscape, make your way to the Beech Circle to find a stunning installation created with fallen gilded trees. Make the most of the season by taking one of the daily guided autumn walks; join a local expert for a fungi foray in the woods; or shine up your best conkers for a conker competition at midday on 3rd November."

Location Inspirations

Mottisfont is part of the following Inspirations based on location:

Hampshire's Best Sights by Ben Ward

"Hampshire is a county known to fly somewhat under the radar. Adjacent to Dorset with its beautiful beaches; and Sussex, which contains one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the whole of the UK in Brighton, some might think that Hampshire has nothing to offer. This article will beg to differ and begin to explore some of the best spots, sights and attractions that are an absolute must for anyone wishing to visit the county."

Information on Mottisfont , Romsey

Opening Times: 11am-5pm (earlier closing in winter, some late opening dates for the gardens in summer - please check NT website for details).
Admission: NT Members Free. See NT website for admission prices.
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted (Welcome on short leads in most of grounds and garden, some restrictions apply.)
Location: If travelling on M27, take junction 2 or 3 (M271) following signs to Romsey. Once you have reached Romsey, follow signs to Stockbridge (A3057). 3.5 miles down the A3057 turn left, following the brown tourist information signs to Mottisfont. If travelling on the M3, take junction 8 – A303 towards Andover. Follow the road sign posted to Stockbridge and follow signs to Romsey (A3057). Approximately 3 miles from Stockbridge you drive through a village called Kings Somborne; drive through the village on the same road. Approximately 2 miles further on you will see a brown tourist information road sign on the right to Mottisfont.
Facilities: Children's trails, Coaches welcome, Free parking, Full disabled access, Gift shop, Tearoom, ice-cream parlour
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