Every now and then you’ll come across a surprising little attraction on the Isle of Wight, and this pretty garden in a sheltered valley waits quietly for visitors to discover it. The National Trust garden envelops an imposing Elizabethan manor house, and thanks to its southerly position it blooms with Mediterranean-inspired plants and flowers throughout the year.
Shrubs wind their way up and down gently-sloping banks, concealed pathways wind their way throughout the gardens and herbaceous borders add colour to the scene. This is a popular spot for a family day out, a stroll with your dog (please be aware they must remain on leads) or to appreciate the experimental garden. The Mottistone Estate adjoins the National Trust gardens, and visitors are welcome to explore them while they wander.
The gardens are also home to an olive grove, a modest organic kitchen garden and a delightfully old fashioned tea garden. You’ll also discover The Shack, a quirky cabin designed and used by a pair of architects as their summer drawing office. There’s a welcoming atmosphere at Mottistone, and its gardens are the kind you’ll want to get walking and get lost in – and there’s plenty to see while you do.