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Mapperton Gardens

Beaminster DT8 3NR, England
01308 862645
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Beaminster
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Historic Sites
Description: This Elizabethan house has a marvelous valley garden.
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English first
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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

The house, privately owned by Lady Sandwich, looked enchanting but was sadly closed to the public. Open for just a couple of months annually apparently. The bones of the garden, designed in Italian style, were in evidence but everything seemed sadly neglected. The formal ponds choked with weed and scum. The views down the valley were impressive and a terrace... More

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Hamilton, VA
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22 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

My husband and I visited Mapperton Gardens in large part because it was not far from our Dorset hotel and we could squeeze in one last garden visit before departing stateside. The entrance through a low walled driveway opened up to a decent size car park with a small shed gift shop on one side and a cafe and plant... More

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London, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We found Mapperton gardens from a leaflet in our hotel when looking for a venue to get married in and we are so glad we did! Mapperton gardens are beautiful all year round and after viewing them in September we felt they would be perfect to host our wedding ceremony! It was a bit of a gamble as most of... More

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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68 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We arrived at around lunch time and went straight to the café, the food was amazing. Freshly prepared and very tasty and great value for what we had and we planned to go back after our walk around the gardens for cake as they looked really good and the staff were really nice, one word of caution the café is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Very nice gardens, peaceful. There is a really nice cafe, with great homemade cakes. In July and August the house is open during the week, we didn't have time to do that as the tour takes 40 mins.

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London, England, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Mapperton is an utter gem: one of the most beautiful gardens in England, a beautiful church and a delicious and friendly tea room. We didn't go around the house, but the extraordinary Italian garden is like something out of a film: I have seen it in brilliant sunshine and a sea mist. It remains just as wonderful in either.

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Honiton, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Very sad looking gardens in need of a lot of TLC. They could be beautiful, and colourful, but needed a lot of attention. Not a gardener in sight. I know they are the gardens to a private house, but so is mine and it looks a lot better. The charge of £6 each to get in was a bit over... More

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

What a delight. Gardens on different levels with a variety of themes with "secret" places to just sit and enjoy the view or sit and read or contemplate.

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Spent a lovely day here, gardens are so beautiful and peaceful. Lots of tempting little paths to wander and explore and seats well placed to enable you to relax and take in the views. There is an excellent cafe with a good selection of food all reasonably priced and the staff are amazing and so friendly. Planning to take more... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

This is our first visit to Dorset and we have visited a few other gardens in the area but Mapperton is by far our favorite. We will be coming back on our next visit to Dorset and be recommending to all our friends.

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