History

Drawing of Mottisfont dating from c1800 © John Hamond

Drawing of Mottisfont dating from c1800

A house with a rich past

Mottisfont’s story is told through the people who have lived here for 800 years, from the Augustinian Canons in 1201 to sparkling 20th-century society hostess Maud Russell.

As you explore the house today you’ll find traces of all these people, from the great cellarium where the monks kept their stores to the Georgian facade of the house. Enjoy family photographs showing life at Mottisfont with the Meinertzhagens, and the legacy of Maud Russell, including the elegant drawing room painted by Rex Whistler in the trompe l’oeil style.

Through the years this has been a much-loved house and estate for the generations who claimed Mottisfont as their personal piece of paradise.

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