Christmas has been and gone in a blur of excitement, good food and drink. We were all in need of a good walk today, so making good use of our National Trust memberships, we decided to visit Mottisfont National trust, a property and grounds a few miles away from us to explore. The sun was shining today but it was very bitter and I was very glad of my new gloves I got for Christmas.
Mottisfont was originally a priory in 1201, and has seen many owners through its years. The latest owners in 1934 were the Russells who restored the house from the disrepair it was in. The gardens are huge and I can see us visiting again as the seasons change. We took Lola with us as we knew Mottisfont National Trust was dog friendly as long as they are on short leads. There are areas on the map that shows no dogs are allowed such as in the rose garden, play areas and the formal lawns at the front and rear of the house. This didn’t deter us from enjoying the paths around the lawns and still managing to see all of Mottisfont with Lola as well. Though I do think she was a little chilly at times.
There is so much space in the grounds, and whilst we were there t check out the 12 days of Christmas trail for Miss A as a good reason to get out in the fresh air, I can see how you could spend an entire day in the Summer months without feeling too cramped with other visitors.
As we ventured around the trail to find the 12 different spots along the way for the 12 days of Christmas, we came across some exciting discoveries such as the water pump area which we spent ages pumping water to send it down the trench back into the river.
We were lucky to have such bright weather and we soon warmed up as we found different places to explore around the grounds and along the river path. I don’t think we saw it all and despite popping into the house, it was very busy inside so we didn’t stay much longer than to have a look at the huge Christmas Tree in the ballroom. The inside of the house will definitely be revisited on another day.
Mottisfont National Trust is located near Romsey in Hampshire, and well worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Other National Trust Properties we have visited
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