Timeline

1703

Landslide engulfs the house

Following a storm, the back of the manor is engulfed by a mud slide and remains buried for more than 200 years.

1861

Charles Seely purchases Mottistone

The house and gardens are bought by Charles Seely and remain in the family for over 100 years.

1926

Jack Seely restores the manor

General Jack Seely moves to Mottistone and commissions his architect son John, and his business partner Paul Paget, to restore the house after the landslide. Prior to restoration, the manor was inhabited by tenant farmers and the gardens had been used as the farmyard.