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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

Stonehenge and Avebury walking challenge - Avebury
Dates: 7 January to 28 February 2017, 5:00am to 10:00pm. The walking challenge pack includes a map holder, a set of eight self-guided walks - four in the Stonehenge landscape and four in the Avebury landscape, information about the walks and a free cup of tea at Avebury. Each walk describes the archaeology and wildlife as you go. So why not embrace health, feed your curiosity and challenge yourself. If you complete the walks by the end of the year you can enter a draw to win a Cotswold Outdoor voucher.

Turner and the Age of British Watercolour - Petworth House and Park
Dates: 7 January to 31 January 2017, 10:30am to 2:00pm, 1 February to 28 February 2017, 10:30am to 2:30pm and 1 March to 12 March 2017, 10:30am to 3:00pm. This unique exhibition features thirty-six outstanding loans from the Higgins Museum, Bedford - one of the finest collections of British watercolours. It offers a rare opportunity to see a major dimension of British art not normally encountered at Petworth, with stunning works by Constable, Cotman, Dayes, Girtin, Hearne and many others.

Art Adventurer Backpacks - Petworth House and Park
Dates: 7 January to 12 March 2017, 11:00am to 3:00pm.

Hampshire Artists' Co-operative exhbition - Hinton Ampner
Dates: 9 January to 5 February 2017, 11:00am to 3:30pm. Hampshire Artists' Co-operative is an artist led group exhibiting contemporary art, ceramics, paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculpture, jewellery and textiles. This variety of work means there is always something fresh and new to see.Previously based in Selborne the group now exhibits in different venues around the South.

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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