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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

Wooden creatures at Walsham - River Wey and Godalming Navigations and Dapdune Wharf
Dates: 25 March to 6 November 2016, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Pyrford Lock to Walshamfrom Easter 2016 there will be a nature trail of wooden riverside creatures for you to spot between Pyrford Lock and Walsham weir bridge. Share a picture of the creatures on our Facebook page

Pop-up exhibition: Away from Avebury - Avebury
Dates: 3 September to 21 October 2016, 11:00am to 5:00pm. A pop-up exhibition in the Servants' Hall at Avebury Manor will explore travel in past lives. Delve into the adventures of some of Avebury's owners as you discover where they journeyed to.

Martians and time machines: Uppark celebrates HG Wells - Uppark House and Garden
Dates: 63 dates between 26 September 2016 and 27 November 2016. This autumn, find out how Uppark inspired the work of one of our most famous sci-fi novelists. H.G Wells, author of novels including The War of the Worlds and The Invisible Man, Wells spent some of his childhood at Uppark, where his mother was Housekeeper. In this 150th anniversary of his birth, Uppark explores the influence the house had on Wells' social views, his career, and stories such as Gothic classic The Time Machine

Rena Gardiner - All Her Own Work - Mompesson House
Dates: 25 dates between 26 September 2016 and 30 October 2016. For years, renowned artist and printmaker, Rena Gardiner (1929-1999), produced illustrated books and pamphlets about the history of National Trust properties and other special places from her cottage at Tarrant Monkton in Dorset. Salisbury, and Mompesson in particular, were favourite subjects. Our 2016 exhibition features a variety of her work - from preliminary sketches to published guidebooks.

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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