With a number of National Trust properties nearby, our cottages are a great place to stay to visit them, and many other local attractions. We welcome dog owners and guests with disabilities at Wallops Wood Cottages, but how do our local National Trust properties cater for these groups?
Hinton Ampner – 9 miles
This elegant country manor and tranquil garden sits harmoniously within the landscape.
Ralph Dutton, 8th Lord Sherborne, inherited the house in 1935 and rebuilt it in 1960 following a devastating fire. It is now his 20th Century vision of an historic country estate, expressed through his passion for comfortable Georgian living.
Beautifully manicured lawns lead the eye down avenues of sculptured topiary, past borders full of the heady scent of roses, to breathtaking views across the South Downs.
There are 4 miles of trails, including 200 hectares of woodland, to explore with your dog on the estate walks – all accessible from the Visitor Reception. A dog walkers’ map can be picked up on arrival. It is requested that visitors do not walk across the fields as the estate walk crosses the land of a working farm, and dogs must be kept on a lead.
There is mobility parking, plus braille and large print guides are available. A map of the accessible ground route is available from the Visitor Reception. An adapted toilet is available near the tea room. There is a ramped entrance to the house and an accessible ground floor.
Uppark – 17 miles
Perched on its vantage point high on the South Downs ridge, Uppark commands views as far south as the English Channel. Outside, the intimate gardens are being gradually restored to their original 18th-century design, with plenty of space in the adjacent meadow to play and relax with a picnic. The nearby woodland is great for exploring and den-building.
Uppark’s Georgian interiors illustrate the comfort of life ‘upstairs’, in contrast with the ‘downstairs’ world of the servants. A highlight of the collection is one of the best examples of a 17th century doll’s house in the country.
Dogs are welcome on leads throughout the woodland areas.
There is mobility parking and a map of the accessible grounds route. The ground floor of the house is accessible, with a ramped entrance, and the basement is accessible via a lift. Adapted toilets are available in the house and shop.
Petworth House – 28 miles
This stately mansion, nestled in the South Downs, houses the finest art collection in the care of the National Trust.
Petworth has a rich and varied history. Stroll through state rooms saturated with internationally important paintings by artists such as Van Dyck, Reynolds, Titian and Blake together with classical and neo-classical sculptures. Follow in the footsteps of JMW Turner who spent long periods at the mansion under the patronage of the 3rd Earl of Egremont, and whose paintings of Petworth Park can be seen there today.
The servants’ quarters by contrast offer a glimpse of life ‘below stairs’. Imagine the hustle and bustle of servant life in the Historic Kitchens and myriad ancillary rooms.
The landscape gives every impression of being totally natural, but in reality nothing is further from the truth. The park was transformed in the 1750s and early 1760s by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
Dogs are welcomed at Petworth, in fact Spaniels were the favourite pet of the 3rd Earl of Egremont. With over 700 acres of parkland, there are many paths to explore and dogs are allowed off the lead. There is a herd of over 500 fallow deer that roam freely around the park, so visitors are asked to be vigilant at all times. Dogs are not allowed in the mansion or Pleasure Grounds.
There is mobility parking, however the initial slope to the house is quite steep, so a mobility vehicle runs between the car park and the house. Adapted toilets are available in the car park and house. There are braille and large print guides, plus an induction loop.
Mottisfont – 36 miles
A romantic house and gallery set in beautiful riverside gardens with ancient trees, bubbling brooks and rolling lawns, this 18th-century house has a medieval priory at its heart.
Maud Russell made Mottisfont her home in the 1930s, bringing artists there to relax and create works inspired by Mottisfont’s past, including an extraordinary drawing-room painted by Rex Whistler. Those artistic traditions are continued today, with a permanent 20thCentury art collection and major exhibitions in the top-floor gallery.
Outside, carpets of spring bulbs, a stunning walled rose garden, rich autumn leaves and a colourful winter garden make Mottisfont a feast for the senses all year round. The world-famous collection of old-fashioned roses flowers once a year in June. Winding paths meander through stately trees, with the sound of water never far away.
The Trust also looks after 1600 acres of woodland and tenanted farmland in the local area, including Stockbridge Down and Marsh, and Curbridge Nature Reserve. The wider estate is a wonderful place to explore, take a relaxing walk and take in the sights of some of Hampshire’s most glorious countryside.
Dogs are welcome to explore the gardens and wider estate. There are outdoor seating areas and sheltered spaces with water bowls for refreshment. Mottisfont also has a dog walkers’ map which you can download, or you can pick one up at the Welcome Centre.
There is mobility parking and volunteer-driven electric mobility buggies run across the site. An adapted toilet is available in the Welcome Centre. There is a ramped entrance to the house and an accessible ground floor. Digital versions of upper floor exhibitions are available on iPads for those not able to access these floors. There are wide, accessible gravel paths through much of the grounds.
Wallops Wood Cottages
Our cottages have been designed with mobility, hearing and vision impaired guests in mind – all cottages are accessible, with one M2-rated and one M3-rated under the National Accessible Scheme, and the rest are M1-rated. We have a comprehensive list of accessible equipment available for guests to use. See our Accessibility page for more information. https://www.wallopswoodcottages.co.uk/accessibility.html