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Address: | Mapperton, Beaminster DT8 3NR, England
Phone Number: +44 1308 862645
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Sun - Fri 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mapperton is a glorious sandstone manor house and romantic valley garden...

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 27 March to 31 October, and to the Sawmill Cafe from 24 March to 31 October.

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Lovely gardens and cafe and great guided tour.

The gardens are lovely; set in a valley with a couple of water features and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the vistas and the statues The house has an interesting history... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Louise B
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Altrincham, United Kingdom

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Hampshire
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30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited last week. The signage was a bit misleading but after a coffee in the cafe found our way in. We swallowed hard at paying £9.00 to visit a garden (£12.00 if viewing house as well). After walking around the croquet lawn you go into the formal gardens according to the brochure. Sadly the gardens are far from formal.... More 

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Thank BrandyHampshire
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very little colour in these gardens - which is a shame at this time in the summer. The gardens are so very small - no wonder you're not given a map to guide you around!! In and out in 1/2 an hour. We were expecting so much more and left very disappointed. Save your money and go to Abbotsbury gardens... More 

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Thank Silkymacc
Altrincham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gardens are lovely; set in a valley with a couple of water features and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the vistas and the statues The house has an interesting history, connected with the Sandwich family explained with some anecdotes by the friendly house guides. Well worth a visit and advise that you book your tour as soon... More 

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Thank Louise B
Sherborne, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been here several times over the years, most recently in June. Had the guided tour around the house which appeared to be smaller than I thought it would be but worth doing. Gardens are lovely and always a pleasure. The restaurant is delightful and food very good. Highly recommend the vegetable terrine.

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Thank 997Ellie21
Telford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Both families arrived from around the country and overseas to celebrate the civil marriage of my cousin and his now wife. Despite the weather which cannot be controlled, the ceremony was held on the croquet lawn in a quality marquee, laid out to enable easy access and family orientation. The ceremony passed beautifully and the party moved on to dine.... More 

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Thank Keith P
Arundel, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An interesting tour although a lot of the artefacts have been added by the Sandwich family and not the original owners. The gardens are lovely.

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Thank Linda G
Poole, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friend and I visited Mapperton House and Gardens for my birthday. It was a rather grey day so we opted for the guided tour on arrival. This was so interesting and we learnt so much about the various Earls of Sandwich our guide was a fount of knowledge. It was then time for lunch the Café had a very... More 

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Thank Pam H
Pontypool, United Kingdom
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427 reviews
180 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed the guided tour of this beautiful manor house as the guide focussed on key points in the property's history, rather than talking about every object in every room, which is what can happen on these types of tours. She also had a good sense of humour, which everyone seemed to appreciate. The gardens were also lovely. One thing... More 

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Thank PebbleL
Luke2150, Owner at Mapperton House & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Pebble Thank you so much for your review and I'm really pleased you enjoyed the house tour and gardens. I will certainly pass on your feedback regarding ordering and I'm sorry if one of the staff was a bit stern - perhaps it was one of those days! Nevertheless we shall bring it up. Thank you again for taking... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely old mansion with a good guided tour.The gardens are extensive and the Catering is homemade .

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Thank Mactag
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A modestly sized manor house which has only recently opened to the public on a regular basis. The owners previously lived in it and has a family lived in feel. Expect steady improvements over the coming years. Visiting the house is by guided tour which takes 50 minutes, there are only a limited number of tours so book as soon... More 

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