Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire is a Grade 1 listed building hidden deep in the English countryside. Dating back to 1201 and now owned by the National Trust, this former priory is home to the National Collection of pre-1900 old fashioned roses; thousands of varieties of beautiful roses which live in the red-bricked walled gardens. Each June, visitors flock from across the world to enjoy their heady scents during the warm summer evenings in the beautiful setting of this ancient priory.

People walking on the frot lawn with Mottisfont House in the background
Mottisfont is the jewel in an already well bedecked crown in the Test Valley

The roads to Mottisfont are mostly narrow and winding, passing though some of the most expensive villages in the UK, with their traditional village greens, thatched cottages and moss covered walls. Mottisfont itself has a beautiful 12th century church, chocolate box houses, and tree-lined avenues intermingling with the River Test and its tributaries which flow through it, these chalk streams gently meandering through the village with clear running water and soft grassy banks.

Mottisfont house behind a river with a swan floating on it
The River Test flows through the grounds of Mottisfont

Mottisfont Abbey is the grand house of the village, the stately home that manages to make the other properties look inferior despite their beauty. With its well-proportioned main house, fashioned from the old priory, its grounds with massive trees and subtle statues, walled gardens filled with roses and large landscaped lawns, Mottisfont is the jewel in an already well bedecked crown.