Lady Nicholson restores the gardens at Mottistone, 1960s

The current gardens were created by Lady Vivien Nicholson in the 1960s. She was inspired by her Sicilian upbringing to create hard landscaping and terracing in the formal area, whilst the orchard was refreshed with an avenue of flowering and fruiting trees.


Mottistone Estate bequeathed to the National Trust

Mottistone Manor and the surrounding estate were bequeathed to the National Trust by John Seely (2nd Lord Mottistone) on his death in 1963. Although the gardens are open from March to October, the manor is now tenanted and a family home open to the public two days each year.