Mottistone return


Last year’s visit to Mottistone was on Mother’s Day in March, but for my return this year I went on my birthday, in mid June, and of course it looked very different.

The garden is not large by National Trust standards, around six acres, but has a number of different areas to explore, each with its own ‘feel’.

The first thing I noticed about the herbaceous borders (above) were the plentiful Sisyrinchiums looking really rather impressive (and rather making me regret that I’ve dug out an awful lot of mine!)


Below is a photo of the same beds but looking the other way, back towards the beautiful Elizabethan Manor House.  Some of you may remember that Benedict Cumberbatch got married in the local church here earlier in the year and had his wedding reception at Mottistone Manor.  Rumour has it his wife, Sophie Hunter, is related to the family now living at the Manor as tenants of the National Trust.IMG_7696


The garden has been created in a sheltered south facing valley and as a consequence is on numerous different levels.  Below you can see the small orchard towards the top of the garden, with a view south to the Manor buildings, with the English Channel channel beyond.IMG_7682

Whilst many areas are reached by sloping lawns, I just love these steps with their froth of Erigeron karvinskianus.IMG_7673

Either side of the steps are some hotter borders.IMG_7678

where I admired the bold and striking combination of diascia with the Arctotis (I think)  Flame.IMG_7671

Back towards the barn and the entrance was this cool blue border, looking fabulous backed by the magnificent hedge.IMG_7668

To the right of the entrance is a flat area which could well be a croquet lawn.  There were more Sisyrinchiums here, as well as this magnificent tree fern.



It was a lovely visit in perfect weather, AND there was cake – a proper birthday treat!

5 thoughts on “Mottistone return

  1. homeslip

    Mottistone is lovely, betwixt the sea and the Downs. Many years ago we used to stay at Rose Cottage (it had the most gorgeous cottage garden) just across the lane and I have lots of happy memories of both gardens. In those days the house and garden were very lived-in, I guess they’re both more corporate now. A short walk away is Owl Cottage (Geoff Hamilton’s favourite cottage garden) and Hannah, the lovely lady who had lived there for ever and ‘made’ the garden used to open it by appointment and take visitors around herself. For anyone interested in gardens and gardening it was an unforgettable experience. I wonder if any of your gardening buddies on that side of the island remember Hannah and Owl Cottage? Thanks for the tour of Mottistone, I must get over to the Island before too long.

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