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Mottistone Gardens

Mottistone Gardens

Mottistone Gardens, which is owned by the National Trust, is one of the most peaceful and magical gardens on the Island. Set in a sheltered valley with views to the sea, the garden with its colourful borders, shrub-filled banks and grassy terraces surrounds an Elizabethan manor house which is tenanted (so not normally open to visitors.  Please see website for further details).

The 5 acre garden contains many contrasting areas. The double herbaceous border which is full of colour throughout the season adjoins the more formal rose garden, whilst next to the grassy orchard area wildflower banks are covered in springtime bluebells and summer flowers. The valley setting also gives rise to hidden pathways leading high above the manor with views over the surrounding countryside to the sea.

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Tucked away in the grounds of the tea garden is ‘The Shack’, which was formerly the country retreat of architects Seely (2nd Lord Mottistone) and Paget. This tiny treasure is a fine example of Modern Movement design and is open for visitors to explore.

And for younger visitors there's the ever popular flowerpot trail – see if you can find Indiana Hose, Marjoram Simpson and their friends.  And when you have seen all you want to see, there are delightful walks onto Mottistone Down and to the Long Stone across the adjoining Mottistone estate.

Facilities

  • Free car parking
  • Tea garden (franchised)
  • Free flowerpot trail
  • Gift shop
  • Plant sales
  • Dogs admitted on leads
  • Lavatories

Forthcoming Events

Christmas Gift Shop Special Offer - Winchester City Mill
Dates: 1 November to 18 December 2016, 10:00am to 4:00pm. Filled with an assortment of gifts - our hampers make the perfect Christmas present.

The Christmas House - Stourhead
Dates: 26 November to 21 December 2016, 11:00am to 3:30pm. Discover how Harry's family celebrated Christmas together, find out about old and new traditions, and be inspired with ideas for your own home as we reveal a selection of rooms in the house decorated for the festive season.

Christmas children's trail - A Donkey's First Christmas - Hatchlands Park
Dates: 1 December 2016 to 2 January 2017, 10:30am to 4:00pm.

Christmas family trail - Hinton Ampner
Dates: 3 December to 19 December 2016, 10:00am to 3:30pm. Christmas is a time for traditions old and new. Follow the trail around the grounds and discover old traditions and maybe start some new ones.

Notes

Disabled access: free parking in main car park. There are steps from the car park to the entrance and disabled visitors may be dropped off at the pedestrian entrance before parking. The grounds are partly accessible: loose gravel paths, steep slopes, some steps. Steps into the Shack. Some visitors may require assistance from a companion. One wheelchair available to borrow. Photographic album of the Shack available.

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Mottistone Garden, which is owned by the National Trust, is one of the most peaceful and magical gardens on the Island. Set in a sheltered valley with views to the sea, the garden with its colourful borders, shrub-filled banks and grassy terraces surrounds an Elizabethan manor house which is tenanted (so not normally open to visitors.  Please see website for further details).

The 5 acre garden contains many contrasting areas. The double herbaceous border which is full of colour throughout the season adjoins the more formal rose garden, whilst next to the grassy orchard area wildflower banks are covered in springtime bluebells and summer flowers. The valley setting also gives rise to hidden pathways leading high above the manor with views over the surrounding countryside to the sea.

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