A few years ago we got a family National Pass and it’s one of the best things we did. The girls and I use it all the time during the holidays, we visit places as a family at the weekends and when we go away in the UK and I often meet friends for a walk, coffee and catch up.
A couple of weekends ago we headed to Mottisfont in Romsey. The girls and I went there a couple of years ago, but Andy hadn’t been. It was the start of the school half term and they had a Country Capers family trail on, which the girls were very excited about. It is also free parking at Mottisfont.
We paid for a trail pack and off we went. A horse was on a race and we had to follow the trail, collecting letters to find out his name at the end. My girls absolutely love anything like this and it definitely makes walking around a lot more fun for them.
It was a gorgeous day and by the end of it we were stripping off our coats. Which you never would expect in February!
They have a water play area and they loved walking through it in their wellies. There is a water pump for them to pump the water through. They can get wet, so be prepared.
There is also a natural play area, like a lot of National Trust places. The area that it is in, is particularly muddy and even though it was a nice day, I was pleased we had our wellies on!
You walk over a wooden bridge to get to it.
They had fun climbing around the different parts of it.
It was then time to carry on with our walk and along the trail. Along the way adding the letters that we needed.
There is a cute bridge to walk across and into the main area of Mottisfont. The house is in this area, we didn’t go inside. But it looks beautiful from the outside.
Also, in this area is a cafe where you can stop for cake or lunch. We didn’t use it this time, but most National Trust cafes do lovely food and lunch boxes for children.
There were lots of different paths to take us through the gardens and that’s what I liked about the trail, it took us to parts that we might have missed otherwise.
The girls taking any opportunity to walk in the water! Or as Andy said, just washing off the wellies!!!!
Over in the corner is a walled garden and at the right time of the year it’s a beautiful rose garden. As part of the trail, they had laid out branches, for the children to jump over like a horse race. They loved doing this and we couldn’t get Holly to move on.
It’s a beautiful garden to walk around, lots of paths, ponds and benches to sit on. We had a quick sit down in the corner area. There is also a toilet block within the walled garden, which is handy to know as you’re a little bit away from the main area.
As we reached the final number in the trail, it took us to a room near the cafe where they had craft bits for the girls to make a winning rosette. Such a great idea and they loved making theirs. It was a welcome sit down for us too.
Mottisfont has lots of grass areas and benches if you took a picnic. The girls and I did this last time we went and there is plenty of room for everyone and something that we will definitely do in the summer.
We had a lovely time there and they have a great Cadbury’s Easter Egg hunt coming in April which I think we will come back for.