A couple of weeks ago we made use of our National Trust membership and some nice weather. Mottisfont is about 40 minutes away from where we live in Romsey and we thought it would make a nice day out. The gardens are extensive and there is so much to see and explore even in the winter.
We started off by walking along the stream and past the snow drop.
It the gardens the colour of the flowers were beautiful, it’s the first hint of Spring we’ve seen this year. Even though it was winter the shrubs were beautiful and full of colour.
Walking through the grounds there are lots of open spaces for the kids to run around and play. We took a Nerf Vortex with us so the kids could have a game of catch and run off some energy. There are lots of beautiful old trees that the boys loved looking at and chasing around.
The Rose Garden
The walled rose garden was set out really well. It was great to walk through them and the boys were happy to walk around the paths and over the stepping stones. We are going to come back in the summer to see all the different roses in bloom. I imagine the colour will be spectacular.
There are a few cafes that you can stop off for a drink around the grounds. We chose to go to the cafe in the old house. There was a good selection of drinks, cakes and hot food that was reasonable priced. We got to sit in the old kitchen whilst we had our coffee and cakes and the boys liked looking at all the old kitchen equipment around.
Mottisfont House dates back to the 13th century when it was originally an abbey. The house now reflect it’s last owner Maud Russell who lived here in the 1930’s. You can’t take pushchairs around the house so we only had a quick look through the rooms as Darcey was getting very tired and wanted a nap. The house was very nice inside and when we go back I’d like to spend some more time looking around.
After exploring the house we wandered down the river to the adventure playground. If you’re going to visit this area then wellies are a must! They have a great kids playground that at this time of year is in a muddy bog, with lots of obstacles to climb over. Further along the river is a water feature that the kids can play around as well. I’m sure this will be lots of fun in the warmer weather.
We had a lovely time at Mottisfont and will definitely be back. This year we are going to make the most of getting out and about and exploring the area around where we live.
Where have you been exploring recently?