9 October 2015


Last weekend the husband and I, being all grown up and having a National Trust membership now, hopped in the car and travelled back to one of our favourite NT places near our home, called Mottisfont. I did a post about it earlier on in the year, which you can find here. When we first visited the beautiful (and ever so grand) 800 year old house, with it's magical walled garden and welcoming atmosphere, we instantly fell in love with it and knew it would be somewhere we would be returning to over and over.

Having been there in June I really wanted to see it when the beauty of autumn was taking over, so we went back for a morning amble around the gardens and to see an exhibition about one of my favourite parts of nature: trees...

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^Leaves before they turn all wintry and mushy are my favourite^
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^It is amazing to think that parts of this beautiful house have stood for 800 years...if walls could talk!^
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^The story is that James Bond writer, Ian Flemming, came up with the character in these very walls^
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^I find the servants quarters the most interesting as their whole worlds were crammed into one space^
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^If you get a chance to visit first thing in the morning head straight for the gardens, it is incredibly peaceful^
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^Not sure who these two are...^
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^If you have the time you can stroll along the little stream right out into the wider landscape and see the house from far away...it looks gorgeous at every angle^
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If you get a chance to visit then I would highly recommend it, it is seriously stunning. Plus, they have a beautiful gift shop (always a winner with me!). Let me know in the comments if you have been - also, tell me what your favourite historic location is too - Joe and I like a good old road trip to visit some place new :-)


  1. There's some lovely photos here Lucy! The Autumn colours look so pretty. My parents and grandparents used to take me to a lot of NT places as I grew up, but it seems like ages since I've been to one. Kenilworth Castle was one of my favourites, there's a lot of history about Henry VIII there if I'm remembering right.

    Hollie | hollieshighlights.blogspot.co.uk

  2. Just looked at Kenilworth on-line - wow! It looks so beautiful. I am a bit of a Tudor history geek so love going anywhere that involves that time period! Just seen your Oreo cupcakes on your blog- I am so hungry right now but must go and train...now all I can think of is Oreo's though :-)

    1. Oh thanks! The Oreo cupcakes were yummy but I made banana cupcakes more recently and managed to convince myself they were at least a little bit healthy!

  3. A National Trust Membership is an absolute necessity in life.
    Love love love these pictures and a juicy little James Bond nugget.
    We have loads of NT places nearby in Devon and they're so fantastic to escape to and just immerse yourself in another time or something more eloquent!
    M x

    1. Thanks chicken! We really must explore more over your way and bring our NT card with us...I have seen a few places on-line I'd love to visit. Hope you are well lovely, I must have a catch up on your blog real soon (I seem to have lost my blog-reading time slots recently!) xx


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