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Mapperton House & Gardens

| Mapperton, Beaminster DT8 3NR, England
+44 1308 862645
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Mapperton House and Gardens Visit and Tour

Mapperton House is owned by the Earl of Sandwich, It is a wonderful Manor house that actually has... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2017
Boston, Massachusetts
Mapperton House and gardens

Beautiful historic home and garden. Lovely to wander around the gardens at leisure. Had a guided... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2017
annette h
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Mapperton is a glorious sandstone manor house and romantic valley garden deep in a lost Dorset combe among tumbling hills and unspoiled countryside. Fifteen acres of gardens descend from the croquet lawn, through the formal topiary down to the wild garden. Mapperton is the home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich, and welcomes visitors to the Gardens from 1 March to 31 October, to the House from 2 April to 31 October, and to the Sawmill Cafe from 2 April to 31 October.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“house tour” (14 reviews)
“guided tour” (17 reviews)
“madding crowd” (12 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
| Mapperton, Beaminster DT8 3NR, England
+44 1308 862645
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Reviewed 26 September 2017

Mapperton House is owned by the Earl of Sandwich, It is a wonderful Manor house that actually has a warm feel to it as though living there would be very comfortable. Some of the homes we have visited we could not imagine living in. Our...More

Thank Renziej
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

Beautiful historic home and garden. Lovely to wander around the gardens at leisure. Had a guided tour of the house. Loads of interesting information about the history of the house and family. Lovely cafe on site.

Thank annette h
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Despite what some are saying here, we found this to be one of the loveliest gardens we have seen in a long time and we visit lots of gardens. Topiary is usually cut twice a year and as a living organism does continue to grow,...More

Thank timetoponder
Reviewed 19 September 2017

We visited the House and Gardens 19th September. The staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. The guided tour around the house took just over an hour and was very interesting. We then walked around the gardens which are so beautiful. The church is lovely too,...More

Thank Carolyn Mary C
Reviewed 19 September 2017

We visited the gardens on our way home from a trip to Devon. The sunken Italianate garden looks interesting from above, but on closer inspection needs a lot of work to bring it up to a good standard. We were not offered any maps or...More

Thank Judy S
Reviewed 18 September 2017

Mapperton is a gem. Interesting house with good guided tour, not too long not too short. Beautiful setting and the gardens, hidden below the house, were a delightful surprise. Had a terrific home cooked snack lunch in the Sawmills Cafe. Everything was home made and...More

Thank Malvernman
Reviewed 18 September 2017

Visited yesterday - mainly for the annual plant fair but also to take advantage of a rare opportunity to see the inside of the house, which was fascinating. My rating reflects my opinion of the house and plant fair (we didn't visit the garden on...More

Thank GeeJay9
Reviewed 26 August 2017

This old manor house is full of interesting things and the two guides were just delightful. The gardens are stunning and we will definitely visit again soon.

Thank bkescape
Reviewed 24 August 2017

As member of the National Trust, we are used to be regaled with amazing properties and their histories. It seems that the owners of Mapperton don't seem to know quite what to do with it. Accepted that the house is from different periods - Tudor...More

Thank marwat111
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

We came upon a sign to the house as we were spending the night locally. Decided to visit the next morning and to come round the drive to see the house is breathtaking. We took the house tour led by Nick and Maggie. It was...More

Thank Giovanni C
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Lesley H
25 September 2016|
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Response from Ann F | Reviewed this property |
I went with a group from the National Trust Oakleaves. I think it was bout £18 to get in the house. The café was in a converted barn. There was a small gift shop, and really beautiful gardens at the back of the house. The... More
Kaye S
4 September 2016|
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Response from Tony W | Reviewed this property |
No - dogs on a lead outside the cafe only and not in the gardens.