I think I’ve mentioned it more than once, but Ryan and I are now officially National Trust members – yesssssss I can hear you cheer! As normal with life in general we’ve had the membership for 29 days and hadn’t had the time to use it so, before July slipped through our fingers we had a morning free this weekend and took the 45-minute drive to Mottisfont.
Mottisfont was a place I had been taken to as a child and although it had changed in the years that had passed it was still the same…if that makes any sense. We’d managed to out run the rain and arrived to blue skies and white fluffy clouds, so leaving the rain coats in the car we headed off for our morning adventure.
When you arrive you are instantly greeted with green grass, mini waterfalls and a stunning view of the abbey – sounds like perfection right?
The house is stunning, and you aren’t allowed to take photos in most of the rooms which is understandable. There are also closed doors which are not open to the public which always makes me a little even more tempted to see what’s behind it. To my surprise and luck, they were having a The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition which brought back all the feels from my childhood, but I was shocked when I found out Ryan had never read it! (Don’t worry I’ve ordered it on amazon for him).
After our wonder it was time to discover the grounds – which are huge! I kinda wish at this point that I owned a Fitbit as I’d loved to know how far we walked. From round the gardens, which we were out of season for the majority, but we still had plenty to smell and take in to around the field, an area where you can take in the vast size of abbey and the land surrounding it.
We finished off with a walk along the river, so romantic with a background noise of children as by this point it was midday and the place had gone from quite too busy in no time, but it didn’t ruin a thing, I don’t think anything could.
So far, so good! We’re planning our next adventure and maybe I’ll be organised enough to take a picnic as I was envious as I saw everyone else sit down to enjoy theirs whilst taking in the views.
Have you got a National Trust recommendation? I'd love to know! x