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Mapperton, Near Beaminster,
Dorset, DT8 3NR

01308 862645

01308 861082

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

1st March - 31st Oct; Daily except Sats; 11am - 5pm

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Group Tours available.

Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

House open 1 Apr – 31 Oct, Sun - Thurs (closed Fri & Sat), 12pm – 4pm (guided tours only, at noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm)

Gardens open 1 Mar – 31 Oct, Sun - Thurs (closed Fri & Sat), 11am – 5pm

Cafe open 1 Apr – 31 Oct, Sun - Thurs (closed Fri & Sat), 11am – 5pm

National Garden Scheme days: No
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To see:
Admission Prices

Adult house & garden: £13

Adult garden only: £9

Under 16 house & garden: £5

Under 16 garden only: £

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: No
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Lavatories - Wheelchair disabled access. Wheelchairs have partial access to garden. Licensed cafe open daily except Saturdays 11am to 5pm for lunches & teas.

Garden Features & Events
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National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Bridge House Hotel, Beaminster


Brassica, Beaminster Ann Day Gallery, Beaminster The Bridge House Hotel, Beaminster

Inns & Pubs:

Red Lion, Beaminster. Half Moon, Melplash.

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Beaminster Bridport and West Bay

Description of Garden

Mapperton Gardens is a unique valley garden in West Dorset, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The gardens surround the Jacobean manor house, stable blocks, dovecote and All Saints Church.

Below the Orangery and croquet lawn is an Italianate formal garden with fountains, topiary, grottoes, ponds and stone statuary, laid out in the 1920s. Beyond this is a summer house overlooking two fish ponds, leading to the Wild Garden.

History Of Garden

Mapperton is one of the oldest Dorset manors and dates back to Saxon times. At the time of the Domesday Book it belonged to William de Moion, Sheriff of Somerset, and earned him an income of 70 shillings a year. After him the manor passed by descent to four families - Bretts, Morgans, Brodrepps and Comptons - until it was sold in 1919 to Mrs Labouchere, who built the formal garden in her husband's memory. After her death in 1955, Mapperton was bought by Victor Montagu, then MP for South Dorset, whose family has had ties with Dorset for over 200 years. When he died in 1995, it passed to his son and is now the family home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich.

The Tudor house was built by Robert Morgan, but was restyled in the 1660s by Richard Brodrepp who also added the stable blocks and pigeoncote. It was a later Richard Brodrepp, a county magistrate, who gave the north wing a classical front, added balustrades and put in a Georgian staircase hall.

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