Planning your visit

A decorated Christmas tree and mantelpiece surrounded by piles of wrapped presents in the Whistler Room at Mottisfont

An Enchanted Christmas with the Flower Fairies 

23 November - 5 January (excluding 24 and 25 December): magical woodlands await this Christmas, with decorations inspired by Cicely Mary Barker’s exquisite Winter Flower Fairy illustrations. The original artworks are on show in the second-floor gallery, while the house and gardens are beautifully dressed with native winter foliage and traditional festive colours. Families can explore with a fairy-themed activity trail.

Upcoming events

An Enchanted Christmas with the Flower Fairies

Tue 10 Dec 2019
Festive decorations and a family trail inspired by the Winter Flower Fairy illustrations on display in the gallery.

Art installation: Casting Light

Sat 11 Jan 2020
An immersive installation in the Red Room by Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer, exploring Mottisfont’s historic architectural layers.

Exhibition: Comedy and Commentary

Sat 18 Jan 2020
Witty works from some of Britain’s best cartoonists commenting on current affairs.

Eating and shopping



The Cellarium at Mottisfont, Hampshire

The history of Mottisfont 

From humble beginnings as a 13th Century priory to a grand country retreat for London's artistic elite, Mottisfont has a rich and varied past.


Our work


Get involved



A group having a laugh on a visit to Igthham Mote

Arrange a group visit 

Whether you're looking to take in one of our exhibitions, discover our history or simply stroll through beautiful gardens, we'll ensure that your group has a great day out.



Five children stand on a brick bridge at Mottisfont, Hampshire in autumn

Educational resources 

Rich in history and natural resources, our house and grounds offer a wealth of learning opportunities for all stages of development. Schools, home educators and other educational groups are welcome to explore and find inspiration in this special environment. You can download from a series of free educational resources to help you make the most of your day.


Art and collections

An oil painting of Lake Como by the artist Derek Hill

The Derek Hill Collection 

We're home to a collection of 20th-century art, including works by L.S. Lowry, Barbara Hepworth and Graham Sutherland. They were gifted to us by the artist Derek Hill, in memory of a long friendship with last owner Maud Russell. You can see many of these works in the Morning Room. There are also smaller, focused displays in the West Corridor.

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Mottisfont on the National Trust Collections website