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Mapperton Gardens

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Address: Beaminster DT8 3NR, England
Phone Number: 01308 862645
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Description: This Elizabethan house has a marvelous valley garden.

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lovely setting with wonderful cafe. The gardens are lovely and the cafe serves seperb food. you can buy plants here as well which are really good value. A lovely setting and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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English first
Lewes, UK
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I can't comment on the actual gardens as when we arrived they were shut. It was Saturday and we missed the first sign. We parked up and then saw the 'closed' sign. However many visitor attractions fail to change their signs as we have experienced in the past so we got out of the car. We saw the plants for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

lovely setting with wonderful cafe. The gardens are lovely and the cafe serves seperb food. you can buy plants here as well which are really good value. A lovely setting and peaceful day out if you are in the area

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This is a most attractive garden in a peaceful and beautiful setting.We visited on a perfect sunny day in March and had the place almost to ourselves.Blissful.

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Jersey, Channel Islands
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26 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014 via mobile

We visited so the children could enjoy the Halloween Trail, which they certainly did! However the Sawmill Cafe (Tel 01308 863348) was closed for the season so we could not try it out. Dogs are not permitted into the gardens. We aren't garden experts but could appreciate the beauty of the setting,although, perhaps given it was late Oct, it did... More 

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23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 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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27 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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78 helpful votes 78 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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Surrey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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
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7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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