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“Marvellous Mottisfont!”
Review of Mottisfont Abbey

Mottisfont Abbey
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A romantic house and gallery set in beautiful riverside gardens. Ancient trees, bubbling brooks and rolling lawns frame this lovely old house. Crafted from a medieval priory, it is full of surprises, with art that intrigues and delights. Come back throughout the year to see different exhibitions in the gallery. Carpets of spring bulbs, a stunning walled rose garden, rich autumn leaves and a colourful winter garden make Mottisfont a feast for the senses all year round. There's space to run, jump and play, and always something for families to do.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Marvellous Mottisfont!”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

We had a wonderful day at Mottisfont. The house & gardens are beautiful & there is a lot to see & do. The Whistler designed drawing room is stunning & you can play the fabulous Bechstein grand piano. Very impressed & would love to go back again very soon.

Visited June 2013
Thank Pat B
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
“Fantastic gardens”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Visited here in early July and the gardens were fantastic. The roses were a little past their best but still looked stunning. Lots of blooms all over the different parts of the garden - definitely worth a trip in summer. The coffee shop was good also - decaf coffee was very good and the fruit cake was lovely. The house is nice to look around with plenty of information cards and loads of very keen volunteers. Will go back with the family next time.

Visited July 2013
Thank AndrewJ25
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Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Beautiful garden”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

Mottisfont is by far one of the most beautiful gardens in England. I make a point of visiting the garden every year in Rose Season (June) and am never disappointed, it just grows more vibrant with every season.
The smell of the roses is incredible, especially is you are lucky enough to arrive as the sun is warming the garden after a shower.
It is an amazing collection of old roses that can't be seen elsewhere.

Visited June 2013
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Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“A pleasant place to visit”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

We enjoyed our visit to Mottisfont Abbey. We arrived around lunchtime so we ate in the cafe in the ground floor of the house. The food was good but there was a bit of a wait for it as we had ordered hot meals.

The exhibition space on the second floor of the house was showing original E H Shepard drawings for the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A A Milne. It was a joy to see these. As it was holiday time there were plenty of family groups with children and there was a Winnie-the-Pooh treasure hunt that most of the children were following.

The most remarkable room in the house is the one that was painted by Rex Whistler. The trompe de l'oeil effects are impressive, especially the smoking urn.

In the stable block there is a second hand bookshop and an ice cream parlour.

We didn't manage to see all the grounds, but hope to make a return visit.

Visited August 2013
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
34 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“grounds very nice but house not so good”
Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

visited today with my wife and 11 year old daughter,we are national trust members so admission price is not relevant to us.the grounds with the river running through are nice and although the house looks nice it is not that big and takes very little time to see.upstairs is all art which is fine if you like that.staff throughout are very good.would visit again just for the grounds but don't think I would if had to pay separate entrance fee.

Visited August 2013
Thank pompeyranger
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