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Notice: If you are planning to visit in the next couple of weeks we advise you bring wellies or stout footwear, as the entrance to our Visitor Reception is a bit muddy due to the building works for our new visitor facilities.
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 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.
Frosty walks and snowy scenes
Throughout winter, Mottisfont is filled with a beautiful frosty glow. It's the perfect place for a winter walk; stop by the Winter Garden for lovely brightly-coloured stems and also perfect tranquility strolling along the River Test.
We also have a great selection of free guided walk by one of our brilliant volunteer outdoor guides - come and join us!
From Saturday 29 November, 10am.
Inspired by the beautiful story of The Nutcracker, follow our family trail around the grounds and inside the house to discover beautiful and magical Nutcracker story scenes.
With lots of family activities, festive food and drink, with wonderful unique gifts to purchase in the shop – make Mottisfont your new Christmas tradition.
Open from 10am, the Nutcracker trail starts in the house from 11am.
Tasty treats and unique gifts
Warm yourself up on a frosty winter day with a hot chocolate or a hearty soup from our winter menu in the cafe.
Our Christmas menu starts from 29 November and features some festive favourites including traditional turkey and Christmas pudding. See a sneak preview here. It's just £17.50 for three courses, finishing off with mince pies and coffee.
Then escape the high street and make a head start on your Christmas shopping - our shop has some fantastic new ranges in as well as some bargains, well worth a look.
Pick up a story map from visitor reception on your next visit to unravel some untold stories from Mottisfont's past.
Explore the loose boxes in the stable yard, the potting shed in the walled garden, the shepherd's hut by the beech circle and the fishing hut on a walk by the river.
A Place for Art
Artist Louise O'Reilly has spent three months at Mottisfont, researching the early history of the priory and immersing herself in the world of medieval illustration and map-making.
Her work is now being displayed in the East Porch, opposite the Kitchen Cafe.