National Trust - Mottisfont, Romsey, England
Mottisfont is a beautiful National Trust property with 1600 acres of land, a beautiful house, and lovely gardens. With plenty of parking, great café and plenty to do, we had a lovely day exploring and enjoy the views and fresh air.
How did we get there?
At the time of visiting Mottisfont, this beautiful, romantic house and gallery with its riverside gardens, we were living in Portsmouth, and we took the M27, turning off at Junction 3 for the Romsey. Many people, especially ramblers, take the train to Mottisfont & Dunbridge station which is a mile away from the house and gardens and there is a well signposted public footpath for you to enjoy. There was also a huge number of cyclists on the day we visited, and the house is just 0,2 miles off of cycle route 24, which runs from Southampton to Bath.
Where did we stay?
As mentioned, we were staying in Portsmouth, which is a fantastic area for so many things, including the New Forest, the Isle of Wight, Chichester and even Brighton is an easy day trip journey.
What was the weather like?
Cold, there was no doubt about it. It was cold. The fresh breeze made sure we wrapped up warm. However, we were just days away from the official start of spring and already the daffodils and crocuses were appearing, making it a very worthwhile trip.
Where did we eat?
The Old Kitchen Cafe is open for light lunches, excellent home-made cakes and hot and cold drinks.
What is there to do?
The estate comprises 1600 acres, with its ancient oak woodland and wetland meadows to explore. With plenty of space for all the family. The house, gallery, shop and café are open daily, and it is worthwhile checking the website for any up-and-coming events.
There is also a wild play area which at the time of writing is closed, however it is due to open at a later date.
What did it cost?
As there are 2 of us, we have a Joint National Trust membership. The cost is £127.20 a year (prices are correct for 2022). This means we can enter Mottisfont for free. The normal cost without membership is £14.40 per adult or, for the pair of us, £28.80. I consider a National Trust