A postcard from… Mottisfont, Hampshire (February 2017)

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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19 thoughts on “A postcard from… Mottisfont, Hampshire (February 2017)

  1. What gorgeous photos – we were last at Mottisfont a couple of years ago and it’s so beautiful there. The trail sounds great too, perfect for finding some of the hidden secrets. My daughter still talks about that crocodile! #countrykids

  2. What lovely photos, looks like a lot of fun. I love this time of year with all the signs of spring. perfect time for a visit x

  3. You know it has all been worth it when they declare it the best day ever. You must have taken so much enjoyment from just watching them and capturing their antics on camera. It is so lovely to find a place encouraging play like this for children, and my goodness we have had the weather to make it properly squelchy of late too! The trail sounds like a good idea for seeing the most of the place and I love the idea of the welcoming wood burner.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  4. We love exploring National Trust places and this looks great – now I’ll just have to work out what friends live nearby to make a weekend of it! Love the pics – muddy kids are usually happy ones! #CountryKids

  5. Love the sound of the trail. Anything to keep little ones attention is a winner in my book.

  6. This place has been on my to do list for ages, I’m just not sure if it’s better to do with an overnight stay somewhere to really enjoy it. Looks like you all had so much fun #CountryKids

  7. We love this place, especially the play places that are so lovely (and dirty!!). It looks like you had a great time #countrykidsfun

  8. Fantastic photos – they really tell the story of the day. Love the muddy boots! #countrykids

  9. We went during our half term, the week before for the first time. Unfortunately when we were there, we didn’t get to see much upstairs, it just seemed to be the gallery (which was a little dull for us). And by the time we were ready to check out the play area it had started tipping down with rain, and we had no wellies with us. Yours certainly seemed to embrace the mud! #countrykids

  10. Love your photos so much!! The snowdrop ones are gorgeous but the ones of all that muddy fun are just brilliant!

  11. What lovely photos – I love visiting National Trust Properties -such a lovely day out! #CountryKids

  12. What a fabulous collection of photos-absolutely gorgeous! That mud….I don’t think I could handle that much, lol. Love the snappy guest in the bathroom. What a surprise! #countrykids

  13. Sounds like a wonderful day out! Such a gorgeous collection of photos of your day. The crocodile made me smile, and I love the mud! My guys would have done the same 🙂 #countrykids

  14. What beautiful photographs! We adore National trust properties, so much fun and adventures to be had at them. Thanks so much for linking up to #ThePlacesWeWillGoLinky 🙂

  15. I know my kids would love all that squelchy mud! It looks like a great day out 😀 x #ThePlacesWeWillGoLinky

  16. What a beautiful place to explore. Can’t beat having fun in the mud and sounds like a wonderful time was had by all! #countrykids

  17. Best day ever that’s definitely a winner! We have National Trust membership and love it. We have visited Montisfont but it’s a long drive for us so we didn’t get to explore as much as I would have linked. Monkey would have loved the crocodile and the bog! #CountryKids

  18. Praise indeed from your 6 year old! Looks like a beautifully muddy day #CountryKids

  19. Wow what gorgeous photos! I love NT properties too, there is so much effort put into making sure the kids have a good time, and this one seems to be even better than most. That mud looks amazing and mine would have done exactly the same! #countrykids

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