The gardens at Mottisfont

Daffodils in bloom in the winter garden at Mottisfont, Hampshire

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.

Delightful displays of spring bulbs burst into life in March, while trees bud and come into leaf. Bright daffodils colour the grounds, particularly beside the font, through the winter garden and underneath our plane trees.

Look out for patches of purple crocus, too, and tulips flowering in the walled garden, mainly during April. A carpet of bright chionodoxa sweeps down the lime tree avenue from late March and into April.

The winter garden continues to coast bright colour and fragrance throughout this season.

Spring flowers surrounding a bench in the winter garden at Mottisfont, Hampshire

The winter garden at Mottisfont 

Experience the vibrant colours of Mottisfont's winter garden. Stroll through paths that wind through winter-flowering shrubs and perennials, chosen for colour and scent.

Guided walks

Get to know our gardens and grounds with a free guided walk when you visit.

Volunteer outdoor guides at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Guided walks at Mottisfont 

Our friendly team of outdoor guides offer free walks and talks around the gardens, village and wider estate, giving you the opportunity to learn more about our history and grounds. If you’d like to know what walks are available on your visit, please ask at visitor reception as you arrive, or take a look at the daily walks noticeboard at the end of the Welcome Centre walkway.

Other garden highlights

The font and river

The abundant spring that encouraged settlement at Mottisfont hundreds of years ago is now an ornamental of feature of the garden.

The font and River Test have enabled gardeners over the centuries to make a landscape that is both beautiful and productive.

The font and abbey stream are a unique feature of Mottisfont's grounds
The font stream at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Now a haven for wildlife and a place for wonderful walks, the Abbey Stream is a man-made channel that was created to bring the River Test closer to the house. The river is now home to a wide range of wildlife - gaze at the crystal clear river and see trout, salmon or rarer species.

Magnificent trees

Visitors approaching Mottisfont are often drawn to the enormous tree which, from some angles, seems to dwarf the building. This huge London Plane is thought to be the largest of its kind in Britain, and forms part of the Natioanl Collection of plane trees which stand in our grounds.

Mottisfont is home to many other breath-taking trees, including grand horse chestnuts and stately oaks, fine examples of carefully planned 'informal' landscape planting from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Some of our trees displaying the fresh green leaves of spring
Trees in leaf provide the foreground for the shepherd's hut at Mottisfont, Hampshire

An elegant double row of pollarded limes and the yew octagon were planted later, in Maud Russell's time. A beech circle was also planted between the walled gardens and the stables about 50 years ago to replace a similar feature that had come to the end of its life.

The walled rose garden

For the medieval canons who first settled here, roses were sacred symbols. In the 1970s, Graham Stuart Thomas saved rare and beautiful blooms from extinction and created this glorious garden.

It's home to the National Collection of old fashioned roses, which flower once a year in June.

A white bench sits underneath a rose-laden arch in the walled gardens at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Mottisfont's rose garden 

Mottisfont's walled gardens are home to the National Collection of old-fashioned roses, which are in full bloom just once a year. Visit us in June and you'll be met with unsurpassed fragrance and colour from thousands of flowers.