Mapperton House, Gardens & Wildlands

Mapperton House, Gardens & Wildlands

Mapperton House, Gardens & Wildlands
4.5
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Welcome to Mapperton, our family home and estate near Beaminster in West Dorset. There’s something for everyone at Mapperton: - Join a Tour of the Nation’s Finest Manor House including the Earl of Sandwich collection - Stroll Around our Award-Winning Gardens - Enjoy a Delicious Lunch, Cream Tea and Ice Cream in our Coach House Café - Licenced bar with Fine Dorset Ales - Explore our Beaver and Lost Village Wild Play Areas - Reconnect with Nature on our Countryside Walks - Experience the Wonder of Rewilding at Mapperton Wildlands - Stay in our Delightful Holiday Cottage We look forward to welcoming you here! The Montagu Family
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • LoveTravel696219
    Gaywood, United Kingdom3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit to Mapperton House and Gardens
    We went to Mapperton House and gardens on a miserable day but was greeted by the proud owner Viscountess Julie. She was the most welcoming host greeting all the visitors, the coach house was a lovely spot to have refreshments, before we enjoyed the knowledge guide who took us round the house. The gardens and woodlands are receiving lots of attention but still provided a enjoyable wander.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Brittens
    Gloucester, United Kingdom54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out
    Fantastic couple of hours on a tour of the Mapperton Wildlands with the ranger - Ben. The "re-wilding" of a large part of the estate is in it's early stages but worth it to see the Beaver enclosure (you are unlikely to see Beavers during the day), the Exmoor ponies, White Park cattle and Tamworth piglets. Plus you get free cake as part of the deal! Ben was really knowledgable and enthusiastic about the project and I look forward to going back to see how the project progresses over the next few years. Food in the cafe was good and the coffee as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Janine W
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifull gardens and a lovely house. A must see!
    We visited the house and garden with pre-booked tickets. Thats one thing you have to do because there are only limited guides tours. We arrived early so did the gardens first and tour later. It’s a beautiful house with a nice history told by our nice guide. Thought I liked the gardens better then the house. Had a nice lunch in the café.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
  • ScenerySteve
    Beckington, United Kingdom495 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Private paradise for viewing
    A small but fascinating country house, gardens and estate. Narrow road to the parking area. Large indoor cafe with outside tables,chairs and sun umberellas. Food and drinks of average quality with a limited choice. From ordering a sandwich to delivery took 35 minutes! The gardens are a delight and are on several levels with ponds in a hidden valley style setting. The house tour of an hour with two guides explaning its history and that of the families over the centuries is most interesting, although a tad too long. Overall well worth a visit though.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 August 2023
  • John Doe
    Ukiah, California17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful grounds
    Beautiful gardens, enjoyed being able to experience the gardens at my own pace. There are different sections to the grounds and the majority are open to the public. It’s large enough to stroll around within an hour, but not so large to be overwhelmed. The plants are just beautiful. I didn’t take the house tour, but was interested by what I overheard and with hindsight might have booked on. I enjoyed a lunch at the Coachhouse, although would like to see an addition of quiche and such, to the menu :) and the staff are generally very friendly. Hopefully the resident Tortoise gets a playmate soon! Thanks.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 August 2023
  • David W
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning gardens disappointing house tour
    I am trying not to be too negative,but the house tour was,in all honesty, disappointing. I am new to Historic Houses and this was only the second property I have visited. There was an extra charge of £5 to visit the house,but I think we only saw probably four or five rooms,and spent the first twenty minutes of the one hour tour outside being given the history of the buidling and the family. I would have rather have paid £10 and seen much more of the house and a longer tour inside. I did also check out the guide book as photography is prohibited to see if there were any photos of the pictures,as there were some excellent artworks in the few locations we visited,but I think there were only four photos of the artworks in the guide book for £5.Again,I would have been happy to have paid a higher price for more content. The redeeming feature,however,was the exquisite Italianate gardens. I would like to visit the house again if the tour of the house was improved,even if it was at a higher cost.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • edloon
    Overton, United Kingdom555 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glad we went
    First visit here but unfortunately the weather was grey and drizzly so not conducive for a garden visit. Nevertheless, we persevered and despite getting wet feet in the long grass we thoroughly enjoyed it. It's on different levels and with the terraced slopes could be challenging for the less abled although a wheelchair access is available. Not pretty parterres and the like but more natural with some Italianate features and some feature planted beds with interesting displays. The ponds were quite low in water levels and a bit pea-soup but we could see some large (koi?) fish swimming about. Someone said they saw a terrapin. Pleasant way to spend an hour or two. My partner enjoyed the house tour more than I did. The first 20 minutes was spent outside at the front where we learned about the various additions made by subsequent owners. We only saw a few rooms on the tour the library was not available. Some interesting portraits and we heard quite a bit about the 4th Earl. Some original features remain including a marvellous ornate ceiling in the bedroom. Tour lasts about an hour, not a huge amount to see but worthwhile overall if you like history.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Sean O
    Sudbury, United Kingdom24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty house, interesting tour.
    We booked the house tour. I have to say I am not usually a fan of house tours as I like to go around at my own pace. However Lynn made the tour very interesting - thanks. Lovely looking house with a lot of history. Gardens good also. Reminded me of Isola Bella in Italy. All in all a good visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Von H
    57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mapperton is now my favorite place in England
    My wife and I have been watching Mapperton's YouTube videos and wanted to visit in person. We spent two nights in the property's Garden Cottage and absolutely loved it. The house tour was amazing and, Gerry, the guide was well informed and entertaining. The garden is fantastic - like you find at some of the royal palaces, including King Charles' home at Highgrove. The Coach House Cafe serves great food in a friendly atmosphere. Recommend the BLT. There is a small, but nice gift shop that sells apple cider produced from Mapperton's apples. Mapperton staff are all incredibly helpful and friendly. I can't say enough good things about Claire, and all the assistance she provided in booking Garden Cottage. Mick, the manager, provided us with a memorable day. He is so energetic, friendly and helpful - go Air Force. Was a pleasure to meet Luke and share tea with him. Mapperton is just a wonderful place. We can't wait to go back. I can't recommend this highly enough.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 September 2023
  • enjay70
    Broughton, United Kingdom73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent day out
    A few weeks ago I booked to visit Mapperton for early April. After this, the wonderful world of cookies threw the Mapperton Live YouTube channel across my path and I’ve watched lots of the videos since. Our visit was utterly brilliant and the reality compared to the videos did not disappoint. The house-guide (Peter) was superb and the house, lovely. However as a passionate gardener myself, the gardens were my personal highlight. The staff in the reception, shop and restaurant were very friendly and helpful and presented a really positive front to the family and estate. Thanks for a lovely day!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 April 2024
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enjay70
Broughton, UK73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
A few weeks ago I booked to visit Mapperton for early April. After this, the wonderful world of cookies threw the Mapperton Live YouTube channel across my path and I’ve watched lots of the videos since. Our visit was utterly brilliant and the reality compared to the videos did not disappoint. The house-guide (Peter) was superb and the house, lovely. However as a passionate gardener myself, the gardens were my personal highlight. The staff in the reception, shop and restaurant were very friendly and helpful and presented a really positive front to the family and estate. Thanks for a lovely day!
Written 4 April 2024
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Matthew B
Southampton, UK15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Checked the website on the front page is says dog friendly it’s not . I didn’t expect to be allowed in the house or restaurant but dogs are not allowed anywhere . We were told we were allowed on the public footpaths , how nice of them .
I think this a short sighted policy as they lost out on over £60 plus what we might have spent in the restaurant
Particularly annoyed as we chose to visit the house over going to Abbotsbury . Especially as they claim to be dog friendly .
Written 15 October 2023
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Von H
Leesburg, Virginia57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
My wife and I have been watching Mapperton's YouTube videos and wanted to visit in person. We spent two nights in the property's Garden Cottage and absolutely loved it. The house tour was amazing and, Gerry, the guide was well informed and entertaining. The garden is fantastic - like you find at some of the royal palaces, including King Charles' home at Highgrove. The Coach House Cafe serves great food in a friendly atmosphere. Recommend the BLT. There is a small, but nice gift shop that sells apple cider produced from Mapperton's apples. Mapperton staff are all incredibly helpful and friendly. I can't say enough good things about Claire, and all the assistance she provided in booking Garden Cottage. Mick, the manager, provided us with a memorable day. He is so energetic, friendly and helpful - go Air Force. Was a pleasure to meet Luke and share tea with him. Mapperton is just a wonderful place. We can't wait to go back. I can't recommend this highly enough.
Written 28 September 2023
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John B
Hampshire, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Fascinating tour of historic house, now owned by the Earl of Sandwich. Wonderful multi-level gardens, excellent cafe - and a giant tortoise!
Written 26 September 2023
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Sean O
Sudbury, UK24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We booked the house tour. I have to say I am not usually a fan of house tours as I like to go around at my own pace. However Lynn made the tour very interesting - thanks.
Lovely looking house with a lot of history.
Gardens good also. Reminded me of Isola Bella in Italy.
All in all a good visit.
Written 18 September 2023
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Selina H
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Visited Mapperton this morning. Would have liked to have taken the house tour as well as the gardens but we were a party of three and only room for two more !
All of us were disappointed at the lack of tlc around the gardens and range of plants. It was a nice walk. Not good value for money.
Written 11 September 2023
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Art lover
Ramsey, UK689 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We saw a programme recently about this garden which inspired us to visit. It is quite unusual being laid out in a small valley with a variety of planting including some topiary leading to an arboretum. Several marked walks around the estate of variable distance and accessibility. Ponds included a terrapin! We went to the café afterwards for a lovely bowl of soup. Worth a visit.
Written 4 September 2023
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edloon
Overton, UK555 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
First visit here but unfortunately the weather was grey and drizzly so not conducive for a garden visit. Nevertheless, we persevered and despite getting wet feet in the long grass we thoroughly enjoyed it. It's on different levels and with the terraced slopes could be challenging for the less abled although a wheelchair access is available.
Not pretty parterres and the like but more natural with some Italianate features and some feature planted beds with interesting displays.
The ponds were quite low in water levels and a bit pea-soup but we could see some large (koi?) fish swimming about. Someone said they saw a terrapin. Pleasant way to spend an hour or two.
My partner enjoyed the house tour more than I did. The first 20 minutes was spent outside at the front where we learned about the various additions made by subsequent owners. We only saw a few rooms on the tour the library was not available. Some interesting portraits and we heard quite a bit about the 4th Earl. Some original features remain including a marvellous ornate ceiling in the bedroom. Tour lasts about an hour, not a huge amount to see but worthwhile overall if you like history.
Written 31 August 2023
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David W
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
I am trying not to be too negative,but the house tour was,in all honesty, disappointing.

I am new to Historic Houses and this was only the second property I have visited. There was an extra charge of £5 to visit the house,but I think we only saw probably four or five rooms,and spent the first twenty minutes of the one hour tour outside being given the history of the buidling and the family.

I would have rather have paid £10 and seen much more of the house and a longer tour inside. I did also check out the guide book as photography is prohibited to see if there were any photos of the pictures,as there were some excellent artworks in the few locations we visited,but I think there were only four photos of the artworks in the guide book for £5.Again,I would have been happy to have paid a higher price for more content.
The redeeming feature,however,was the exquisite Italianate gardens. I would like to visit the house again if the tour of the house was improved,even if it was at a higher cost.
Written 30 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Meander647966
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Visited Mapperton House and gardens. The gardens were a hidden gem behind the house, sitting in a secluded valley and stocked with unusual plants. Not beautifully manicured bit I like a more natural garden.
Don't bother with the house tour. It was boring and uninteresting. Far better to just admire the beautiful exterior.
Written 27 August 2023
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