Although not the best of weathers we headed to Mottisfont Abbey just outside Romsey. Mottisfont was originally a priory for the Augustinian Canons in 1201 but after the Dissolution of the Monasteries under King Henry VIII the abbey became a country home for Sir William Sandys. Over the centuries the house was redesigned and added to. In the 1930s Maud and Gilbert Russell made Mottisfont the centre of a fashionable artistic and political circle inviting many famous artists and politicians to stay.
As well as the house the gardens were enjoyable to walk round in the sunshine with many snow drops in bloom.
After leaving Mottisfont we headed into Romsey and had a brief walk around the town. The town is dominated by Romsey Abbey the ugliest church we had seen from the outside but was not too bad inside.