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National Trust - Mottisfont

About Us

A romantic house and gallery set in beautiful riverside gardens.

At the heart of this serene rural estate is Mottisfont Abbey, set in glorious grounds alongside the fast-flowing River Test. The River Test is one of the finest chalk streams in the world and the walled gardens house the National Collection of old-fashioned roses.

There are many layers of history for visitors to explore, including the Gothic remains of the original 13th-century Augustinian priory.

In the mid-20th century the final private owner, society hostess and patron of the arts, Maud Russell, used the Abbey as a base for her racy and intriguing life.

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 and the latest installations by our artists in residence.

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.