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?