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Top 3 National Trust Locations Near The Montagu Arms

Posted in , by on December 20, 2016

Britain has a number of famous captivating locations to admire. With thanks to The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, you can visit some of the most fascinating places to see in Britain, holding not just fascinating history but also stunning landscapes.

Owning over 350 heritage properties in the UK this charity organisation strives to preserve and protect historic places and landscapes for many people across the world to admire for as long as possible. The trust owns over 950 square miles of land, many of which are free of charge to the public.

Top 3 National Trust locations near The Montagu Arms

           1. Mottisfont Abbey –Romsey

Inhale fresh, crisp winter air and take a stroll by the River Test. Sit beneath a large oak tree and marvel the beauty of Mottisfont Abbey.

Visitors at Mottisfont, Hampshire, in autumn.

Mottisfont Abbey is 19.9 Miles from the Montagu Arms. It was once a priory but now reflects the passions of the current owner with its Art installations, gallery and exhibitions. It offers eight centuries of history including magnificent gardens that surround the Abbey. Enjoy guided walks across 1600 acres of grounds. In the winter, embrace an enchanting winter wonderland garden and as summer approaches admire blankets of tulip bulbs and roses.


         2. Winchester City Mill – Winchester


Travel via the M3 and just 24.7 miles from the Montagu Arms and visit the ancient Winchester City Mill.

Grain and scoop on a windowsill at the C18th working Winchester City Mill, Hampshire, where corn is ground into flour.

The mill has been a national trust location since 1920 and is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086.

The mill was reportedly used for milling corn until the early 1900’s, enduring a refurbishment in 1744 and again in 2004. With over 1000 years of history the mill is the oldest working watermill in the country and is still in use all year round.

See the working mill for yourself and even bring the children to enjoy a fun day out of regular milling demonstrations and workshops including corn milling at weekends. Stroll along the River Itchen and spot the rich wildlife through the clear waters including, trout, kingfishers and the loveable otters!

Winchester City Mill, Hampshire and bridge spanning the River Itchen. The Mill was first recorded in the Domesday survey of 1086, but was rebuilt in 1744, and is now restored to full working order.

        3. Pepperbox Hill – Salisbury


Embrace a breath taking landscape from the top of Pepperbox Hill and enjoy a picturesque walk with far-reaching views of Salisbury.

Pepperbox Hill is just 21.7 miles from the Montagu Arms so enjoy a nice stroll and keep an eye out for a little brick building at the top of the hill, which is once thought to have been a viewpoint for ladies following the hunt and a look out post for the home guard.

On this delightful walk, surround yourself in several rare breeds of orchids, juniper and yew woodland or watch the sunset behind Pepperbox Hill creating a beautiful silhouette.

The Pepperbox silhouetted at sunset on Pepperbox Hill, Wiltshire. This 17th century folly was given to the National Trust by the 5th Earl Nelson in 1949.


Take a tour of these wonderful locations during your New Forest escape at the Montagu Arms Hotel.  After a day or two filled with exploration, there is nothing better than retreating back to luxurious surroundings and indulging in delicious cuisine at our country house hotel.

Call reservations on 01590 624467 to book our Fine Dining Break. 

Photography provided by the National Trust.

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