Monday, August 19, 2013

Mottisfont


I took our Australian visitors to Mottisfont. The Priory was built in 1201 and pilgrims would visit en route from Salisbury to Winchester to see the forefinger of John the Baptist. It was dissolved in 1536, the finger was lost and Henry VIII gave the estate to his Lord Chamberlain, William, Lord Sandys. The house was extended and renovated over the years by various families and in 1934 was bought by Gilbert and Maud Russell who commissioned Rex Whistler to paint the salon in magnificent trompe l'oeil style, to be the scene of many marvellous parties. The gardens are beautiful with plane trees dating back to 1760, Monet style bridges over the Test and a stunning walled garden with magnificent roses.
Maud gave the house to the National Trust before she died.

4 Comments:

Blogger Eurodog said...

Where is this, WW? Sounds worth a detour.

9:02 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Hi ED - it's between Romsey and Stockbridge.

10:14 am  
Blogger janerowena said...

It's my very favourite garden in the UK. It really should be visited at the beginning of June, when all of the rose gardens are at their very best, (Graham Thomas bequeathed them his famous collection of roses) but even so the gardens are beautiful all year round. I used to stand on that bridge to watch the giant trout below.

4:19 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Hi Jane - I must go in June.

9:23 pm  

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