A short history of Mottistone Gardens and Manor

Nestled in a natural hollow beneath the downs, it’s not hard to see why there’s been some form of building at Mottistone for over a thousand years.

An ancient site with a varied past

First mentioned in Domesday Book in 1086, the Manor as it stands today was created during the 15th and 16th centuries. The beautiful gardens you currently see, however, are nowhere near as ancient. Initially created in the 1960s, our team of gardeners have built upon the original design to create a truly varied planting scheme.

Over the years the estate has had varied fortunes, with the house weathering a landslide, and the gardens becoming a farmyard. Thankfully, nowadays the gardens and manor at Mottistone have been restored and are both a beautiful home and a peaceful garden.

Our timeline below shows you more about the history of both the gardens and the manor. And if you’d like further information, then our guide book is a great place to start. You’ll find it on sale in our reception.



Manor mentioned in Domesday Book

The existence of Mottistone Manor is recorded in the Domesday Book.


East Wing constructed

Robert Cheke builds the East Wing over the Saxon Manor


Continuing improvements are made to the house

Robert's grandson, Thomas, continues making improvements to the manor.