Mottisfont Abbey and Garden
Mottisfont Abbey is a now National Trust house with the beautiful Mottisfont gardens alongside. They boast a beautiful location on the River Test. The site of Mottisfont House dates back to the 13th Century where there was a local spring or ‘font’ with an important fresh water supply. It became the site local of ‘moots’ or meetings and hence the name Mottisfont.
With a fantastic historic past, Mottisfont House is set in a country estate with extensive gardens and it is a delightful day out. Visit the show rooms in the house and take in eight centuries of remarkable history and politics. If you enjoy eating al fresco then you are allowed to picnic on the beautiful lawns as well as play games. Alternatively, you can have lunch or afternoon tea in either the Old Kitchen or the Coach House. Whatever you decide, make sure you visit the Mottisfont Gardens and the Mottisfont’s rose garden, home to the National Collection of old fashioned roses. If you are lucky enough to visit in June, you can take advantage of the evening opening times when the roses are in full bloom and the scent is just heavenly. Visit the Mottisfont House National Trust site for more information on opening times, prices and accessibility.
Where to Stay
If you are looking for somewhere to stay, then why not book into the Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge. Relax and enjoy the newly refurbished and air-conditioned rooms and make use of all the amenities, the comfortable lounge and the renowned Solstice Bar & Grill. With massive picture windows and a sleek interior - it really is the place to watch the sun go down and unwind at the end of the day.