The gardens at Mottisfont

The River Test and north face of Mottisfont in early spring

Discover a garden of ancient trees, babbling brooks and rolling lawns. Carpets of spring bulbs, walled gardens, rich autumn foliage and a colourful, scented winter garden create a feast for the senses all year round. Our world-famous collection of old-fashioned roses flowers once a year in June.

The abundant spring which gave Mottisfont its name is now an ornamental feature of our gardens. A tributary of the River Test flows through the grounds, too.You can spot trout basking here, while swans and other waterfowl glide on the surface.

As you approach the house, an enormous tree catches the eye - seeming to dwarf the building from some angles. This huge London plane is thought to be the largest of its kind in Britain, and forms part of the National Collection of plane trees which stand in our grounds.

Our gardens are home to many other fine specimen trees, including grand horse chestnuts and stately oaks, planted by Georgian owners. 20th-century features include an elegant double row of pollarded limes and circle of beech trees.

Our innovative new Kitchen Garden is bursting with produce from the middle of spring to late autumn.

A garden for all seasons

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.