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Mottisfont

Ancient trees, babbling brooks and rolling lawns frame this 18th-century house with a medieval priory at its heart.

Maud Russell made Mottisfont her home in the 1930s, bringing artists here to relax and create works inspired by the property’s past, including an extraordinary drawing-room painted by Rex Whistler. Now managed by the National Trust, Mottisfont continues those artistic traditions today, with a permanent 20th-century art collection and major exhibitions in a top-floor gallery. 
 
Outside, carpets of spring bulbs, a walled rose garden, rich autumn leaves and a colourful winter garden create a feast for the senses all year round. The world-famous collection of old-fashioned roses flowers once a year in June. Winding paths meander through stately trees, with the sound of water never far away.
 
There’s space to run, jump and play, and always something for families to do, with activity trails in school holidays and a special family exhibition every summer.
 
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