Mapperton House & Gardens

Mapperton House & Gardens, Beaminster: Hours, Address, Mapperton House & Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Mapperton House & Gardens
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Gardens
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
For up to date visitor information, including opening days and times, please see our website. 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. Mapperton successfully obtained VisitEngland ‘We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 certification and carried out a full COVID-19 risk assessment before implementing current safety procedures.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Poppydog01283
Staffordshire, UK9 contributions
May 2021
After finding some videos of Mapperton House and Gardens on YouTube, we have had a lovely day visiting the cafe and the gardens (sadly the house is not open yet but we will be back for that).

Walked around the gardens and had the good fortune to be able to chat to Steve, the head gardener. So nice to talk to him about the gardens and how they are looked after. There are a few benches and seats scattered around, so we took the chance to sit and take in the views and sunny weather. Not everyone would be able to access the whole garden as it is set in a valley with quite steep paths in some places.

There is plenty of space in a grassy car park for a picnic (if the cafe is not your thing), but we enjoyed lunch from the cafe and can recommend it. The lady who served our lunch was very helpful and attentive.
Written May 26, 2021
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Thank you so much for your feedback - we are so pleased you found us on YouTube and enjoyed the gardens as well as a chat with Steve! Hopefully we can welcome you back soon.
Written June 3, 2021
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Russell02
United Kingdom137 contributions
Nov 2020
Sadly due to lockdown the House (which looked magnificent in the autumn sun), was closed but we still had a great time exploring its wonderful gardens. A mixture of ornamental, wild and arboretum. Some of the trees were highly unusual and the aspect (the gardens are on a bit of a hill), made for a magical walk. I suspect if you did the house and the gardens that would set aside a whole day. We managed the gardens in a morning! Credit must be given also to the really rather wonderful lady dishing out tickets, describing the place and what`s best to see and at the same time making teas and providing light lunches! A great piece of multi-tasking the like of which is rarely seen!!
Written November 5, 2020
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Phyllis5
1 contribution
Aug 2021
First visit to Mapperton and loved it. Good coffee revived us after our lengthy drive and then we discovered the gardens in their own valley just below the house. Good to see them in a more natural state especially after a year like no other, with lots of insect life and very informative gardeners. We also thoroughly enjoyed the house tour, one of our guides especially knowledgeable about the family and contents and happy to answer our questions (took about an hour - just a few rooms but lots to look at if 17th/18th century portraits and maritime paintings interest you). Will happily go again.
Written August 4, 2021
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Thank you so much - we are so pleased that you enjoyed the house and gardens. Our gardeners are very knowledgable as are the house guides! We hope to welcome you back again soon.
Written August 6, 2021
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Julian F
Holt, UK224 contributions
Jul 2021
The house was closed but the gardens were fully open. There seemed to be a general air of decay and gloom about them. I'm glad we went and would not wish to give the impression the gardens are not worth visiting. However, there seemed to be a need for a considerable amount of money to be spent.

There are many steep slopes and steps to negotiate if you want to do the full circuit. Paved paths for the less mobile are present, but do not cover the full estate.

The highlight was the tortoise enclosure. The resident reptile, Percy, is the best tortoise specimen I have ever seen.
Written July 15, 2021
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Thank you for your feedback about the gardens and the you feel they are worth visiting. We are continually improving the gardens and working on them to help maintain such a wonderful piece of history. The house is now open! We are delighted you enjoyed Percy. He is fantastic.
Written July 26, 2021
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LizandMalc W
Shepton Mallet, UK55 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
We visited Mapperton Gardens on 15th July. We do not recognise the experience that was posted by Austen. The gardens were looking beautiful. It was obvious a lot of thought and work went into creating the one way system. We knew the cafe would be closed so took a picnic which we ate at the socially distanced picnic tables. We spent two hours walking around the garden- the longer route then the more formal lower garden. As we come out of lockdown and with the money lost we are grateful for the opportunity to visit. It was a shame the shop wasn't open but we bought reasonably priced plant using the honesty box. We then had nice afternoon tea in Beaminster nearby. It made for a pleasant anniversary outing . Thank you.
Written July 23, 2020
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Jane T
5 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
A truly fabulous day at Mapperton.
A warm welcome by Julie and Charlotte, a brief tour of the house. A really excellent Yoga session, followed by a most delicious plant based lunch. The weather was beautiful with bright winter sunshine so a short stroll in the garden followed by creativity with Kate, Beaminster's very talented florist who instructed us in the art of making a head garland. Garlands made we all put them on and like wood nymphs we strolled around Mapperton's beautiful Italian garden.
To close the day a relaxing sound bath which everyone should experience. I left feeling relaxed with my spirits lifted. Thank you Mapperton for such a special day.
Written January 17, 2022
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Thank you so much! We are so pleased you enjoyed the day and left feeling good. We hope to welcome you back to Mapperton again soon.
Written January 19, 2022
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baldyfatbloke
69 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
A quiet sunday at this gorgeous venue. Started with a bite to eat and the 2 young girls in the cafe could not have been more helpful. The charming young lady in the fabulous pink trainers was super friendly, super efficient and such a fabulous advert for Mapperton House, please pass on our thanks and gratitude for her cheeriness and warmth, she is a star ! The old girl was in her mobility scooter so I parked her by a citrus tree and took a stroll around the stunning topiary garden. Deep joy ! The old man was intrigued with the history of the place and we happily pondered the age and history of the place over a final piece of cake and a cuppa in the grand hall of the cafe. Really enjoyable couple of hours in a tranquil , welcoming and gentle place. Loved it.
Written September 15, 2020
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HungryfoodieSW
Dorset, UK151 contributions
Nov 2020 • Family
Visited here for the first time, mainly for the Halloween trail that we we had seen advertised. We prebooked online. Medium sized car park onsite available to use. Upon arrival we noticed a small stall outside the cafe\ticket area saying if you had prebooked, to scan the NHS track and trace QR code and then go right in. Ok....
I understand we are in the midst of a pandemic, but as we hadn’t been before, we weren’t sure where to go etc. We followed the groups of other families that were there, which lead us to the gardens. The gardens were well decorated and my son absolutely loved them. The gardens are formal, quite small and well looked after. We managed to walk round the whole place in 30 minutes! It cost us £23.00 to visit and honestly, I don’t think it’s worth this price. Very nice gardens, and we loved the effort in the Halloween displays, but too expensive for a 30 minute visit.
Written November 8, 2020
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Tangoj63
Leighton Buzzard, UK853 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
We had prebooked and as stated on the website there wasn’t anyone checking tickets. It was close to 11 am when we got there so the garden was very quiet. We didn’t have any sunshine on the day we went but at least the rain held off. The garden was looking nice a lot better than some of the National Trust ones at the moment considering the a Covid situation. There was some outdoor seating near reception and I think there is an opportunity to purchase snacks and drinks on some days but we took a drink with us as not everywhere is properly open for catering yet. It’s a bit out of Beaminster so you need a car to visit.
Written July 23, 2020
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sue f
2 contributions
Nov 2021
I was hoping for a truly unique and powerful experience , and I was not disappointed. Beautiful surroundings , but more important ,amazing Yoga sessions, which have transformed my practice. It has encouraged me to delve deeper into my daily practice and revealed the true power of Yoga. I have returned feeling more emotionally and mentally balanced and have slept noticeably better.An experience worth every penny and more . Wonderful staff , food and the best hug from Julie Montagu I have had in years . A deep felt thank you.
Written November 17, 2021
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Thank you so much we are so pleased you enjoyed the yoga retreat and that you were able to delve deeper into your yoga practice. We hope we can welcome you back again in the future.
Written November 18, 2021
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