If you love gardening and visiting established gardens then Mottistone Gardens, with their semi tropical planting, are a must see on your holiday itinerary. 

For up to date information on when Mottistone Gardens is open and how to purchase tickets please visit  National Trust 


Set in a sheltered valley these magical gardens are full of surprises especially as they were created from an abandoned farmyard! 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 bananas - did you know that they are in fact not trees but herbaceous perennials, originating in subtropical southern China  (Musa Basjoo), Cistus rock roses from the Mediterranean. A variety of plants from Australia and New Zealand, including,  Acacia baileyana (Cootamundra Wattle), Callistemons (Bottle Brush), Leptospermum from New Zealand, Phormiums (New Zealand Flax) many different varieties in the monocot border Pittosporums (Kohuhu trees from New Zealand) and not forgetting the feathery leaved Restios from Africa and Beschorneria succulents from Mexico.

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

Next to the tea garden (which serves freshly made dishes) you’ll find the old architects office, known as ‘The Shack’. A semi retreat for its designers 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.

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.