9 January 2018

Visiting Mottisfont National Trust In The Winter

Visiting Mottisfont in Hampshire, Hampshire lifestyle blog, UK lifestyle blog

There are plenty of things to do in Hampshire all year round, and there is something for everyone: families, couples, friends, those who enjoy their own company, dog walkers, foodies, historians, sailors... The list really does go on and the amount of activities in Hampshire is endless. At the weekend, we explored Mottisfont National Trust - a beautiful stately home nestled in the heart of riverside gardens and more rustic countryside walks. Mottisfont is located in between Stockbridge and Romsey - perfect for us as we're less than half an hour drive away!
Visiting Mottisfont in Hampshire, Hampshire lifestyle blog, UK lifestyle blog
Visiting Mottisfont in Hampshire, Hampshire lifestyle blog, UK lifestyle blog
Visiting Mottisfont in Hampshire, Hampshire lifestyle blog, UK lifestyle blog
Visiting Mottisfont in Hampshire, Hampshire lifestyle blog, UK lifestyle blog

My friend Heidi and I recently registered as members of the National Trust and now need to make the most of our cards which grant us free access to most National Trust sites as well as free parking - bargain if you ask me. We wanted to go somewhere near by for a Sunday stroll and also find a nice location to do some style photos for SheIn, a brand which contacted me to style a couple of their items for their online gallery and also collaborate on Dalry Rose blog. It's hard to find a nice location in the winter as most places are grey, dead, and freezing - especially if you have to style a dress! Watch this space - outfit coming soon! But after blogging for 6 years I have learnt some hacks on how to make it work regardless the weather.

Mottisfont is a beautiful walk - we have decided to come back in the spring and summer time as at the moment the rose gardens are looking a little shrivelled, and the riverside walk made our hands and faces freeze. The house hosts some historical artefacts, and a cafe served hot drinks and yummy snacks. There are several places to grab a tea or coffee and light lunch - we escaped the cold and settled with a hot cuppa by a radiator in the stable yard cafe.

Visiting Mottisfont in Hampshire, Hampshire lifestyle blog, UK lifestyle blog
Visiting Mottisfont in Hampshire, Hampshire lifestyle blog, UK lifestyle blog
Visiting Mottisfont in Hampshire, Hampshire lifestyle blog, UK lifestyle blog
Visiting Mottisfont in Hampshire, Hampshire lifestyle blog, UK lifestyle blog
Visiting Mottisfont in Hampshire, Hampshire lifestyle blog, UK lifestyle blog
Visiting Mottisfont in Hampshire, Hampshire lifestyle blog, UK lifestyle blog

I layered up ready to spend the day walking around Mottisfont gardens - currently I'm loving this faux shearling jacket from SheIn, it's so cosy and looks great with jeans and boots as well as sneakers! The inner layer is super soft shaggy fabric which I love, and if you wrap a scarf around the hood like I did during this day you will be extra warm and toasty... Which is exactly what you need when the temperature is 2c!

Although Mottisfont is beautiful all year round, I am looking forward to visiting the flower gardens in the spring and see the estate in bloom!

Visiting Mottisfont in Hampshire, Hampshire lifestyle blog, UK lifestyle blog
Visiting Mottisfont in Hampshire, Hampshire lifestyle blog, UK lifestyle blog
Visiting Mottisfont in Hampshire, Hampshire lifestyle blog, UK lifestyle blog
Visiting Mottisfont in Hampshire, Hampshire lifestyle blog, UK lifestyle blog

Visit Mottisfont National Trust website: Mottisfont National Trust
Visit SheIn website and shop their new styles: SheIn
Shop the jacket here: SheIn Faux Shearling Jacket
Fashion Photography by Heidi Bawden

*Some of the items worn in this post have been gifted by SheIn for collaboration purposes.
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