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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.

“Throughout the house 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.” - Lord David Cecil, Some Dorset Country Houses, 1955

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. 



House and cafe: 3 March - 31 October, Sunday to Thursday, 10am to 5pm (closed Fridays and Saturdays). Guided tours only, at noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm.

Gardens: 3 March to 31 October, Sunday to Thursday, 11am to 5pm.

Find Us
Find us

2 miles southeast of Beaminster, follow brown signs on B3163.

You can travel to Crewkerne train station, then take a taxi from Crewkerne to Mapperton.


Car park on site

  • Free


Historic Houses members visit for free. 

Adult house & garden: £13
Adult garden only: £9
Under 16 house & garden: £5
Under 16 garden only: £3

  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
Group Visits
Group Visits

Group rates are available for groups of over twenty people by appointment:

Garden: £7 per person
House and garden: £11 per person

Contact Anthea Archdale on anthea@mapperton.com or 01308 862645.

The Orangery


We had the most amazing day thank you. You both work so hard and we really appreciate all of your help and advice given on the run up to the wedding.

Holly & Calen

Corporate Hire

School Visits