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“Mapperton gardens cafe”

Mapperton House & Gardens
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Mapperton gardens cafe”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

The cafe at Mapperton Gardens is very basic seating wise, but the food is amazing. The staff are always helpful and friendly, the coffee is refreshing and the BLT is to die for!

Visited May 2013
Thank Julie D
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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Gardens you should visit”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

These are beautiful Gardens, tucked away slightly, off the beaten track, but very well kept and definitely worth a visit. There is a small shop and light refreshments available

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Pauline F
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Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
233 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Lovely Gardens, shame about the filming!”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

This is a lovely garden surrounding a stunning manor house which is not open to the public. for those used to the manicured gardens of NT properties is is a little untidy and "normal" but there is something appealing about that. Lovely topiary and water features. The experience was somewhat marred by the filming of "Far from the Madding Crowd" with a Hollywood film crew. Although this was interesting to see how they had made the set and the house "authentic" for the period and I now understand why films cost so much to make ( loads of crew & hangers on) We were kept waiting in the cold and in total silence by officious film people while the "stars" walked about in costume covered with duvet coats - apparently thinking about how they were going to act the scene. This combined with the fact that the tea room closes on the 30th September rather marred our visit! Suggest waiting until the filming has finished and taking a flask of coffee!

Garden would be difficult to visit for those with access issues.

Visited October 2013
Thank Ktpcat
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
378 reviews
282 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
“lovely gardens”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

These gardens are a little bit off the beaten track but well signposted so not hard to find and well worth the effort. The house is sometimes open and we hope to return again to visit this for a guided tour.
There was some filming going on when we visited and I am not surprised as the location is lovely and the house and gardens very picturesque.
Normally there is a café open Apr- Sept but this was closed as we visited in October. We knew this in advance so had a flask of coffee with us.

Visited October 2013
Thank jlynch841
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Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“lovely grounds”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

not bad to while away a couple of hours but there were filming far from the madding crowd,bit expensive for what it is but worth a visit

Visited September 2013
Thank onlyeyes
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