Dear Mummy, it’s a beautiful June weekend and we returned to our favourite National Trust property Mottisfont. Every year we make our annual pilgrimage to visit this estate in the heart of Hampshire. It’s known for having a beautiful walled garden full of heritage roses. Unlike modern species, old-fashioned roses tend to flower just once a year, so their full summer blooming is an extraordinary annual sight. It’s a riot of colour for the majority of the month and one not to be missed.
Mottisfont is near Romsey in Hampshire and it’s an 18th-century home with a medieval priory. Owned by The National Trust the grounds are stunning! Ancient trees look like something out of creepy Sleepy Hollow and a crystal clear river runs through this tranquil estate. Over the years they have put a lot of investment into Mottisfont from a new visitors centre to a natural play area for kids and now a new frameyard kitchen garden!
When visiting in the warmer months we always bring a picnic with us to enjoy on the lawn in front of the big house. It makes for a dramatic view and I’m happy running barefoot around on the grass and rolling down the hills while my folks look on.
A river full of fish runs alongside the River Test through the estate and has a beautiful bridge with a weeping willow draped across which makes a lovely photograph. Today the estate was a hive of activity and we’re not just talking about the bumble bees. People had gathered at Mottisfont to take a leisurely stroll through the walled garden and see the world-famous display of over five hundred rose varieties.
It may look blissfully quiet from our photos but trust us, it was quite a feat to get some isolated shots against the stunning backdrop. It makes the perfect location to visit with children and ignite their imaginations and reminded me of something out of Alice in Wonderland. I was just waiting for the Queen of Hearts to come round with her guards and paint all the white roses a crimson shade.
The walled garden is stereotypical of a quaint English garden. Created by Graham Stuart Thomas – one of the most important figures in 20th-century British horticulture its one of the prettiest we’ve seen. We imagined ladies strolling around reading books and having afternoon tea on the immaculate lawns and I did spot some people in period costume walking around the estate which I found intriguing.
We captured the stunning display on our vlog for you guys to see. It’s just a shame you can’t smell the roses, they were very fragrant.
Whats you favourite flower? And have you seen the heritage roses at Mottisfont before?
Love Bella x