Images taken at Mottisfont, Hampshire. February 2017.
Mottisfont is a local National Trust property and one of Hampshire’s Top Attractions. It had been a couple of years since our last visit, so it was good to return and see the changes, including the new visitor entrance complete with lit wood burner, which adds a really warm and welcoming atmosphere. As our visit was during half term, we picked up a Scribbles and Sketches trail booklet (for a £1 donation) which led us around the grounds, with various activities and ideas to sketch in the booklet along the way. This led us to details we’d never spotted before, such as the Mosaic Angel by Boris Anrep, tucked away in a corner on the outside of the house. We also explored inside the house and saw parts we’d missed previously, including the maids’ bedrooms, one with the original hand-printed wallpaper and a rather snappy surprise lurking in the bathroom – a crocodile! In the gallery were the works of Rex Whistler, an artist who decorated one of the rooms at Mottisfont, which is now known as the Whistler Room and is painted with incredible detail.
Outside, it was lovely to see flowers beginning to pop up, including many snowdrops by the river. There was plenty of colour in the winter garden and I imagine the rose garden will be beautiful around June. The font is a stunning feature, with beautifully clear water and the river walk takes you along the wild play trail. One thing we love about Mottisfont (and many other National Trust estates) is the encouragement for kids to be kids, take risks, get muddy and have fun. And our two certainly did!
It all started with some very sensible fun in the Climbing Bog, which very quickly turned into a bit of a mud bath, jumping in the squelchy puddles, falling over (at first accidentally, then later I suspect for the fun of it), losing a welly or two and ending up with very muddy boots, socks, clothes, hands and faces. I think that passes as a very good day out! And afterwards, we headed to the Pump, Pool and Paddle area for some water play and a bit of a clean up! On the way home, our 6 year old very excitedly declared this the “best day ever”.
We enjoyed a complimentary visit for the purpose of this post.
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