Photo courtesy of the National Trust
Mottistone Gardens and Estate
Mottistone Gardens lie in a sheltered valley and are surrounded by beautiful downland.
The 20th-century gardens use Mediterranean-style planting to take advantage of the warm, southerly location and were created from an abandoned farmyard surrounding a pretty Elizabethan manor house. The herbaceous borders lead to an organic kitchen garden and wild woodland beyond.
Light snacks and afternoon teas can be enjoyed in the National Trust tea garden.
Photos courtesy of the National Trust
‘Galloper’ Jack Seely and Warrior
Mottistone once was home to its very own ‘war horse’, Warrior, and his owner ‘Galloper’ Jack Seely. Together they survived the battles of the First World War and returned to the rural tranquillity of the Isle of Wight.