If you love gardening and visiting established gardens then Mottistone Gardens, with their semi tropical planting, are a must see on your holiday itinerary. And if you’re a Benedict Cumberbatch fan then you have to come, as this was the setting for his and Sophie’s wedding reception on Valentine’s Day 2015.

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Bequeathed to the National Trust by owner John Seely in 1965, Mottistone Manor has long term tenants, but the gardens are open to the public. Surrounding the Elizabethan manor house on three sides, entry to the garden is via a huge tiled barn, which has a well-stocked gift shop.

The National Trust have selected Mottistone as an experiment to see which varieties of plants will grow in our changing climate and the result in the front garden is quite astounding, including huge hardy banana trees (Musa Basjoo), Cistus rock roses from Australia and New Zealand,  feathery leaved Restios from Africa and Beschorneria succulents from Mexico.

Behind the house are the heavenly scented rose garden and the colourful herbaceous borders, both enclosed by a deep green yew hedge. Nearby the organic vegetable garden has soft fruits and health veg, scattered with soft scented sweet peas. And in the spring there are blankets of snowdrops, daffodils, primroses and bluebells.

Next to the tea shop you’ll find the old architects office, known as ‘The Shack’. A semi retreat for its designers and owners the architects Seely and Paget, the hard wood-clad interior in its 1930s splendour is just as it would have been then, and is dressed to give the illusion that the two gentlemen have just stepped out.

Sadly you cannot have your wedding reception here – Sophie is related to the former owners, which was why she and Benedict were given permission – but you can have a fabulous day out.

Availability

  • open Sunday to Thursday only from 12 March to 26 October

Opening times

  • generally opens at 10:30 - please check the calendar on the left for specific days and times

Last admission

  • 30 minutes before closing time, it will close at dusk if this is earlier

Parking

  • free large car park

Accessibility

  • mobility spaces in the car park, drop off facility at the front gate
  • grounds are partly accessible
  • service dogs are welcome

Children

  • kids can find the hidden flowerpot people within the garden like Nanny McPea and Captain Jack Marrow
  • make exciting discoveries in the garden trail
  • kids can play hide and seek in the shrub-filled banks in a secure safe environment at the top of the garden
  • baby changing facilities

Tea Garden

  • light snacks, cakes and hot and cold drinks available

Gift shop

  • at the entrance to the barn, the gift shop has a good range of National Trust gifts and souvenirs
  • plants for sale by the kitchen garden


We hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to tweet a pic

 

Sunday 16 April | 10:30 to 16:00 | Cadbury Egg Hunt
Find the clues hidden around the garden to solve the puzzle and claim your chocolate prize, supported by Cadbury. £1.50 per trail sheet.

Sunday 28 May | 09:30 to 16:30 | Mottistone Manor House Open Day
Take this rare opportunity to see inside the family home, which is only open to the public for 2 days a year. There is a charge for entry to the house for non NT members in addition to the garden entry price.(It is not possible to just buy entry for the house)

Monday 29 May | 10:30 to 16:30 | Mottistone Manor House Open Day
Take this rare opportunity to see inside the family home. There is a charge for entry to the house for non NT members in addition to the garden entry price.(It is not possible to just buy entry for the house)

Tuesday 30 May | 10:30 to 16:30 | 50 things to do before you're 11¾ at Mottistone Gardens
Come and join in some fun activities to tick of your 50 things list.... 7. Fly a kite. 18. Create some wild art. 41. Plant it, grow it, eat it. 31. Hunt for bugs and more......£2.00 per kite kit

Saturday 15 July | 19:30 | 'Some Like It Hot' Outdoor Cinema
As the sun goes down on a beautiful setting, why not bring a picnic and enjoy 'Some Like it Hot' the classic film starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. Recognise a couple of Marilyn's songs and enjoy the laughs with this film which surely is in everyone's  top ten. Adult tickets £10, Child £9 (more on the door) when bought online  

Saturday 22 July | Gates open 18:00 | Dying for Love Murder Mystery
Are you a closet Inspector Morse or Lieutenant Columbo, will you be able to piece together the clues to make sense of the evidence as it builds up during the evening following the discovery of a murder, will you be able to work out whodunit? This murder mystery evening is set in the psychedelic 60's, so feel free to come dressed for the summer of Love and bring a picnic and bottle or two. Hot and cold drinks will be sale in the tea garden. Tickets for this event are £14 per person (£12 for children 10-16 yrs and seniors) direct from Mottistone Gardens.

Tuesdays 25 July - 29 August  | 10:30 to 16:00 | 50 things to do before you're 11¾ at Mottistone Gardens
Come and join in some fun activities to tick of your 50 things list.... 7. Fly a kite. 18. Create some wild art. 41. Plant it, grow it, eat it. 31. Hunt for bugs and more......£2.00 per kite kit

Saturday 5 August | Gates open 18:00 | Dying for Love Murder Mystery
Another chance to be like Inspector Morse or Lieutenant Columbo, will you be able to piece together the clues to make sense of the evidence as it builds up during the evening following the discovery of a murder, will you be able to work out whodunit? This murder mystery evening is set in the psychedelic 60's, so feel free to come dressed for the summer of Love and bring a picnic and bottle or two. Hot and cold drinks will be sale in the tea garden. Tickets for this event are £14 per person (£12 for children 10-16 yrs and seniors) direct from Mottistone Gardens.

Friday 11 August |18:00 to 20:00 | Pocket Orchestra at Mottistone Gardens
Come along to the beautiful Mottisone Gardens and listen to some jazz and blues on a warm summers evening. £10 per person direct from Mottistone Gardens





Getting to Mottistone is easy from Southampton with Red Funnel.

By car - catch the hourly vehicle ferry service from Southampton to East Cowes, the journey will take 55-60 minutes. Upon arrival, head south on Dover Rd following the A3021 and A3054 to Betty Haunt Lane, Calbourne Road, The Middle Road/B3401, continue to B3399 (Postcode PO30 4EA). The journey will take about 32 minutes.

On foot - catch the Red Jet to West Cowes from Terminal 2 in Southampton, On arrival in West Cowes, Southern Vectis operate frequent buses from West Cowes to Newport (service 1). Change at the bus station in Newport for service 12 to Mottistone. Taxis are also available outside the East & West Cowes terminals. For car hire, we recommend Enterprise - they will pick you-up from either terminal if you tell them your arrival time.