Looking at the front here I doubt you would think it used to be a priory
This is a view over towards the building itself
The back lawns have statues surrounding it
This one stands on it's own not far from this summerhouse or Folly which has some of the original floor tiles in it
which are from the priory
even some of the roof tiles were use
Beside that is an animal cemetery
The side of the building here is where you enter the house to look round.
You go round the house in sequence visiting one of the studies and along one of the corridors
back into a day room where people were making themselves at home
One of the rooms had some pre-decimal coins on it. So for those of you who have never seen any there is a threepenny bit, two half crowns and a penny that is about 27pence now.
Tea laid out for one.
My wife was taken with this room
they even got their own hot water bottle
could not go down here but it showed some of the Tudor beams supporting the roof
could not go in the bathroom either turns out the Russell Children were given a crocodile as a pet and surprisingly it was ordered from Harrods. They kept it in the servants bathroom till it got too big and was given to London Zoo. Sure I'd be impressed shearing a bath with that.
with real carbolic soap
hotwater bottle again and a carpet beater
good old singer sewing machine
bed and another hotwater bottle (Had to keep your feet warm)
going round the ground floor proved interesting as in this room over the door was
this was an interesting room all darkened
it was all painted and in 3D
even this paint pot had been pained on by the artiest who died in the second was and never got to finish his work
There was an art show on in one of the galleries and after happily snapping away It was pointed out by one of the guides I should not be taking photos, should have taken more notice of the sign as we went in.
After going outside and round the building we came back in another entrance that would have lead into the church had it been there.
inside you could see some of the old pillars from the church cloisters
stand in the archway & look up at some of the beautiful work from the priory days
Don't think the kitchen is though but it's clever how you sit and eat over the old range there
Or sitting in front of the old ovens
Back outside you see this lavender bed. See the door across the bed well I'll tell you what is through there in a while
The lavender bed is here
go on top of the nearby building and you get a good look at the lavender bed
Remember the door I mentioned well through it is this the old Cellerium
which is part of the original priory and where hey kept wine & provisions
I think I have bored you long enough now but before I end the blog the sign here tells you how Mottisfont got it's name
I'll leave you with a view of the rose garden which is why we visited.
Hope you enjoyed your trip to Mottisfont. For more information see the National Trust Website