The last month has been so busy with holidays, weekends here and there and just general life we haven’t had the chance to use our National Trust Memberships. A friend of my Mum’s had recommended a visit to Mottisfont House & Gardens so today we set off picnic in arms in the hope of a sunny day out and not getting caught in this crazy weather we’ve been having over the last week!
Mottisfont is about an hour from us but well worth the trip, the house is set in a beautiful riverside gardens which we actually didn’t know so this was a lovely surprise. The river flows around a good half of the gardens with shallow parts of the river open for stone throwing and a pumping water station fit for little ones to paddle in and watch the water flow down the different levels and into the river.
There are loads of bridges to walk over which is one of Amelia’s favourite thing to do; stomping over to scare away the trolls and a perfect spot to throw in some more stones. You could leave Amelia and an everlasting pile of stones by the water all day and I don’t think she would get bored.
As well as the pumping station for children to play with there is the climbing bog which is over a bridge and lots of wooden climbing and balance beams to walk across. Amelia I would say was still a bit too little for this but did enjoy walking along and jumping between logs. This is a great added addition for children!
The views in every direction are beautiful with swans in the river one way and bluebells and huge tree’s in the other. With different paths and areas to explore there is also a rose garden and winter garden to enjoy at different times of the year.
Since having Amelia a National Trust day out is one of my favourite days out. It has everything I need to entertain Amelia within a stunning space. Like all National Trust sites there’s a cafe and restaurant but there’s also an ice cream parlour at Mottisfont. The weather was lovely when the sun was out so we thought it was fully acceptable to get a scoop of ice cream and enjoy it after exploring the gardens.
There is loads of other countryside to walk through but Amelia had already walked so far but that is definitely something we would do next time giving the dog a bit more space to run around in. You can also explore in the house which we did go into but after one room with Amelia moving some chess pieces and picking up a cricket ball we decided to get out of there before said cricket ball went through one of the windows, eek!
Like most National Trust spots this is one we will come back to again and again, I could image a summer time picnic on the lawn of the house and it would be lovely to see the Rose Garden in bloom!
Do you have any good National Trust spots that you recommend?
Thanks for reading!xx