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“lovely. well worth a visit”
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
Bedford, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“lovely. well worth a visit”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

What a lovely place. House . Walled Gardens .River Walk. well worth a Visit. i did feel £13 was abit much. But being a member of National Trust is was worth going

Visited July 2014
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MottisfontAbbey, Public Relations Manager at Mottisfont Abbey, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Thank you for your review.

We are really pleased that you enjoyed your visit. We will take your comments on board.

We hope to welcome you again soon.

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306 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Interesting house and gardens”
Reviewed July 14, 2014

The gardens are extensive and lovely lawned areas. I wish we had brought a picnic. There were a lot of families with young children enjoying the gardens. The house was lovely and well maintained by national trust. £13 over adult entrance fee, so fairly expensive. Guides situated in each room to answer questions. The Rex Whistler room was fascinating.
We spent about 1 1/2 hours - but could easily spend more time to explore the gardens.
Gift shop and 2 cafés on site.

Visited July 2014
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MottisfontAbbey, Public Relations Manager at Mottisfont Abbey, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Thank you for your review.

We are really pleased that you enjoyed your visit and we hope to welcome you back again soon.

Kind regards,
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“lovely as always”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

had a lovely day at mottisfont today, took our own picnic and sat on the lawn in front of the beautiful building. A walk around the walled garden was stunning with lavender and roses in full bloom, All finished off with icecream and tea in the small cafe by the gift shop. Staff are friendly, and you could easily spend a whole day here. Being National Trust member we didn't look around the house today, but we will be back again.

Visited July 2014
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MottisfontAbbey, Public Relations Manager at Mottisfont Abbey, responded to this review, July 15, 2014
Thank you for your review.

We are really pleased that you enjoyed your visit to Mottisfont. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Kind regards,
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Hampshire
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47 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Lots to enjoy”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

I visited Mottisfont again in June to see the fabulous rose collection. However there is much more to see than just (!) the roses. While the grounds are not as extensive as some Trust properties, they are very beautiful. I recommend the walk along the glorious river Test and through the meadow to arrive back at the house. There are plenty of picnicking spots and play areas for children, where they are encouraged to climb, explore and build dens.

The house is relatively small but is worth visiting for the Whistler murals alone. Look out for evidence of the old abbey in the fabric of the building and visit the medieval wine cellar.

Visited July 2014
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MottisfontAbbey, Public Relations Manager at Mottisfont Abbey, responded to this review, July 15, 2014
Thank you for your review.

We are really pleased that you enjoyed your visit to Mottisfont. I will pass all of your comments on to our team and we really hope to welcome you back again soon.

Kind regards,
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Northampton
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142 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Stunning!”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

A wonderful property with a fascinating history and beautiful gardens which surround this property. It began life as a Priory and there is a vaulted ceiling in the cellarium which the monks used as a store which is well worth investigating.

In the house I liked the Rex Whistler room and particularly enjoyed seeing the smoke rising on the wall! Also I liked the "boys room" which had a lovely warm family feel about it and items from a bygone era. Their mother Maud Russell seemed to love entertaining especially artists, designers and writers and had a long lasting affair with the author of the James Bond novels, Ian Fleming.

There was an art exhibition on the top floor when we went at the beginning of July and we particularly liked the greenhouse which had been made very intricately out of plaster.

The gardens are lovely to stroll around after the visit to the house. A lovely day out!

Visited July 2014
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MottisfontAbbey, Public Relations Manager at Mottisfont Abbey, responded to this review, July 15, 2014
Thank you for your kind review.

We are really pleased that you enjoyed your visit to Mottisfont. You might want to come back and see us in September, as our next project, called Storyscape, launches. It tells a little bit more about the story of the house and we are opening some rooms that you might not have seen before.

We hope to see you again soon.

Kind regards,
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