Mottisfont Abbey and joining the National Trust

Last weekend, Dave and I celebrated our two years together a little earlier with a visit to the beautiful historic Mottisfont Abbey and Gardens near Romsey. If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know that we love our little days out so we were delighted to also join the National Trust on this day. My friend, who studied history at university, is a member with some of her friends and has been encouraging Dave and I to join for some time now. We thought that this would be a really sweet way to treat ourselves for our upcoming anniversary and hopefully more lovely days out like this to follow!







Inside, the house is simply beautiful in a very authentic way. Many of the features have been left untouched, including some pretty wallpaper upstairs in the servants’ quarters, from the 13th century. We were given a ‘key’ to the maids’ rooms to look around and see the contrast between the luxurious interiors downstairs and the simple, humble way that the faces behind running the house lived. The housekeeper’s room was really pretty in a modest way, but the other rooms were definitely quite bare and scarce in terms of furniture. I definitely would not have wanted to sleep on a metal frame bed with a two-inch thin mattress! Downstairs in the house, there were different rooms for various times of the day because, you know, you can’t have morning tea and afternoon tea in the same room! My favourite part about the house was definitely the huge sash windows with the most beautiful views looking out over the estate.










After viewing the downstairs, we decided to put exploring on pause to get a bite to eat in one of the cafes. There are two at Mottisfont – the Coach House Cafe next door, where we dined, and the Old Kitchen on the ground floor inside the house. I personally wouldn’t recommend the Coach House Cafe as it was very busy and quite messy! However, we later walked past the Old Kitchen and Dave peeked inside, declaring it to be “very blogger-y” and “just like something I would like” haha. I wish we had looked there first! But we’ll know for next time haha. After getting some energy back, we continued with a walk around the grounds and seeing the rest of the house. On the upper floor, there was an exhibition on with art by Rex Whistler but, to protect the artwork, we weren’t allowed to take any photos. The exhibition is on until 23 April so there’s still some time to catch it if you live anywhere nearby! Since it was quite a cold, windy day, we didn’t get to see much of the estate and its gardens aside from what you can see in the photos, but I know that there is a pretty rose garden, which is definitely something I would love to return for when it’s a little warmer!





It was such a lovely way to celebrate on our anniversary weekend and I feel like that is in true Dave and Milenka style! I’m super excited that we are now members of the National Trust as it means more excuses for lovely days out like this, especially when it starts getting warmer. If you are 25 or under, you can join for £32.40 for the year, which is half the price of a normal membership, so it’s really great value as it covers the entry fee of two or three visits! With these passes, we also get free parking in lots of places around the UK, which is perfect for road trips and days out. With over 500 places dotted around the country, there will be lots to see in the upcoming months and I can’t wait for more adventures like this to share with you all!

Have you been to any of the National Trust places? Do you also love exploring somewhere with history?

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    • milenkamillie
      March 5, 2017 / 10:37 pm

      Thank you lovely! I’ll make sure to check it out! xxx

  1. March 6, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    Looks amazing! I love going to national trust places… petworth park is beautiful! xxx

    • milenkamillie
      March 6, 2017 / 2:38 pm

      Thank you! Ooooh I’ll have to check that one out! xxx

  2. March 6, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    This looks like such a good day out! I keep thinking about joining the National Trust but I haven’t got round to it yet, your post makes me think it could be worth while!!

    Emma x

    • milenkamillie
      March 6, 2017 / 2:38 pm

      Thank you! It was really lovely! It definitely is worth it as there are soooo many beautiful places all around the country! Let me know if you do join! xx

  3. March 6, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    You both truly visit the most pretty places and looks like you have such a lovely time. Also congrats on the two years!

    • milenkamillie
      March 6, 2017 / 10:56 pm

      Thank you Harriet! xx

  4. March 7, 2017 / 3:03 am

    These pictures are lovely♥ This place looks amazing! We have nothing like this in Arizona so I hope to visit places like these in the future!

    • milenkamillie
      March 7, 2017 / 12:02 pm

      Thank you Danielle! But I bet you have tons of other beautiful places! xx

      • March 7, 2017 / 2:58 pm

        We do but we have it more in our nature. You have beautiful, detailed buildings such as the one you explored in your post♥ I love the architecture where you live!

  5. March 7, 2017 / 11:41 am

    I love visiting National Trust properties too! I was a member with the rest of my family when I was younger, then last year my boyfriend and I joined ourselves as we did a UK road trip and there were so many lovely properties to visit on our route that we thought it was best to join, and I’m so glad we did! I hadn’t come across Mottisfont Abbey before though, and it looks like it wasn’t too far off our route last year, so sad we missed it – it looks gorgeous from your photos!

    • milenkamillie
      March 7, 2017 / 12:04 pm

      A road trip around the UK sounds so lovely! It’s definitely something that my boyfriend and I would love to do one day. There are just so many beautiful places around the country and I think we take it for granted living here! Aw well it’s an excuse to return! Thank you so much for your lovely comment ☺️ xx

  6. March 7, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    Oh wow, I love the old rustic architecture look of the place! Especially on the inside, these old(er) locations are some of the most stunning with the unique yet subtle inside amenities that make up each room; fireplace, paintings, canopy beds, and even the wallpaper! It’s all so fascinating because everything has a story behind it all. I love being able to tour houses, mansions, or estates you can just feel all the wonderful history throughout the entire place as you walk through it. You showcased this so beautifully!!!

    xo, JJ

    • milenkamillie
      March 7, 2017 / 10:33 pm

      Yessss that’s so true! It’s amazing to think that people actually lived there in the past with their own lives and worries and happy moments! Thank you so much! ☺️ xxx

  7. March 8, 2017 / 11:37 am

    Aww this is a lovely idea! Me and Owen joined the national trust a few years ago and really enjoyed it. There aren’t as many National Trust places in London but we joined something similar called the Historic Royal Palaces Membership and it means we can visit lots of places for cheaper! Sadly I am over 25 now so can’t get the cheaper National Trust Membership. I might get one in retirement though as that should be cheaper hehe!

    • milenkamillie
      March 12, 2017 / 9:57 pm

      Aw that sounds amazing as well – I’ll have to let my friend know about it as she has recently moved to London and she loves these kind of days out! I really like that they have a discount for joint memberships as well! Oh noooo that’s a shame as the discount is really great. But yessss, definitely a good option when it comes to retirement! Hahahaha 🙈 xxx

      • March 13, 2017 / 11:05 am

        It’s such a great value membership and it isn’t advertised as well so don’t think many people know about it. Haha, roll on retirement! Picnics and gossips to come! xxx

  8. March 12, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    What a lovely day out. I’ve been thinking about coming a National Trust Member there are so many places to visit. Look forward to hearing your new adventures.

    • milenkamillie
      March 12, 2017 / 10:02 pm

      Thank you! It is really worth it as there are so many lovely places to visit and you get free parking too, which is always a bonus! xx

  9. March 16, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    This place looks lovely. The National Trust has so many great places!

    • milenkamillie
      March 23, 2017 / 7:03 pm

      Thank you! It does doesn’t it! So many more to explore ☺️ x

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