Mapperton House

"The finest manor house in England."

Beaminster, Dorset, DT8 3NR

Mapperton House historic country estate

Experience this house


Free for members
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Free parking
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Mapperton House is the home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich. The family moved here from Hinchingbrooke House, near Huntingdon, in the 1950s, bringing with it the family collection.

Mapperton was voted ‘The Nations Finest Manor House’ by Country Life and was principal location of 2015 film ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’.

It is a glorious Jacobean manor overlooking a 15 acre Italianate garden, with orangery, topiary and borders, descending ponds and arboretum. The house has outstanding views of Dorset hills and woodlands.

The house and gardens welcome visitors and Mapperton also hosts weddings.

Opening Times


March to October annually, Sundays to Thursdays, 11am to 5pm.

Cafe – Opens 11am, Last Orders 4pm

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adult house & garden: £14
Adult garden only: £11
Under 16 house & garden: £5
Under 16 garden only: £3

Group Visits

Group rates are available for pre-booked groups of ten people and over

Garden: £9 per person
House and garden: £12 per person

Contact Paula Andrews on: or 01308 862645, option 3

  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Lord David Cecil, Some Dorset Country Houses, 1955

Throughout the house, the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries meet each other at every turn. Yet, – and this is notably characteristic of Mapperton – they do not quarrel. Diversity never means discord. Rather the different ages combine to create an unexpected and richer harmony.

Mapperton Gardens won Garden of the Year 2020

Lilly James and the Countess of Sandwich filming Rebecca for Netflix in 2020

Mapperton stars in new Netflix film

Mapperton House and Gardens has another starring role in a new film version of Daphne du Maurier’s classic Gothic novel “Rebecca” released on Netflix today (Wednesday 21 October).

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