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Mottisfont Abbey


By Carolyn


My first visit to Mottisfont abbey near stockbridge the other week in may. Its a National Trust property a tad expensive I think to get in £7.50 but then they always are, it was well maintained i guess….

Been meaning to go for months. Was very impressed. Would love to see the roses in fulll bloom which is this month/June and the bluebells in april. However a perfect day it turned out, and able to picnic in the ground, lots of spots there. Actually we picnicked by a huge wedding plant, a kind of hydrangea, which was fab.

The house was in well kept and great condition too, and it was worth watching to video to see the histrory in brief, not too long.

Even managed a short walk up the river and back, which was worth while, not muddy as I had thought, we were lucky as we had the buggy.

Missed quite a few bits so will have to go back…I spent an afternoon there, but you could easily spend longer.

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These historic places are so interesting. You sound as if you enjoyed yourself, and being you didn't see it all you can look forward to another visit.
There are some places around here I must go to this year e.g. Aberglasney. There was a series of programmes on the tv about its restoration some years ago, presented by Penelope Hobhouse who I believe designed at least part of it. And I'm ashamed to say I've never been to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales although I only live just a few miles from it. Must go this year.
Enjoy your next visit to Mottisfont Abbey and wherever else you go. : )

5 Jun, 2008


I went to Mottisfont a few years ago in June for the roses and it is REALLY spectacular at that time (although crowded of course).
I think the wedding plant you saw Carolyn would have been a viburnum. I have one in flower just now; hydrangeas flower later in late July and August

5 Jun, 2008


Ah yes your right, vibernum. Thanks.

5 Jun, 2008


It is nice to get out to see a lovely old garden now and again, isn't it? This looks like a great place, especially for planting ideas and picnics. Thank you for letting us see it.

5 Jun, 2008

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