June is the most wonderful month to visit Mottisfont Abbey. This is the time when the rose garden blooms, bringing beautiful colours and fragrances. The sight is not to be missed and has earned the site a place in the GROW Hall of Fame, becoming one of just a handful in the whole world.
The most impressive thing about Mottisfont’s rose garden is that it is home to the National Collection of old fashioned roses. What this means is that many of the 500 plus varieties are pre-1900 and only bloom once per year. This occurs in June and huge numbers of visitors flock to the site to see them.
The walled rose garden was created in the 1970s by celebrated British horticulturist Graham Stuart Thomas. He used his extensive knowledge and passion for roses to ensure the site would look great all year round. June is the highlight because of the old fashioned roses but perennial varieties are interspersed with them. The effect is very impressive.
With June being such an important month for the garden the opening hours are extended on certain days to allow later entry. That way there is more time for visitors to enjoy the sights and smells as well as the other attractions at Mottisfont.
If you are planning a trip to visit Mottisfont’s rose garden you can top off the experience by staying at the best bed and breakfast Hampshire has to offer; Harvest House. We are located in Milford on Sea so visitors who have been to Mottisfont have the chance to drive to us through the New Forest. The National Park is also very beautiful in June so it can add even more great sights to your trip.
At Harvest House we have comfortable rooms filled with character and work hard to make sure our guests have a pleasant experience. We really want everybody to remember their stay fondly and want to rush to return. To achieve this we offer fantastic breakfasts filled with local produce, give guests the chance to make us of the sitting room and grounds, and can cater for a variety of special requests.
If you would like to find out more please get in touch with us or browse our website.