Overview

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. 


Opening
Opening

2020

8 March to 29 October.

Open from Sundays to Thursdays, from 10am to 5pm.

House by tour only, hourly, from 12pm to 3pm (12pm to 1pm in March).

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.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free. 

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

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • 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.

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

Visit website

Weddings

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Accessible parking
  • Wedding planner
  • Guest parking

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


Opening
Opening

2020

8 March to 29 October.

Open from Sundays to Thursdays, from 10am to 5pm.

House by tour only, hourly, from 12pm to 3pm (12pm to 1pm in March).

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.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free. 

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

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • 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.

Other opening


Upcoming events

2 Feb 2020

Snowdrop Sundays at Mapperton

The first signs of Spring are poking through at Mapperton Gardens as we prepare to welcome visitors for Snowdrop Sundays, though you may find crocuses and daffodils as well this year!

Head Gardener Steven Lannin is looking forward to welcoming everyone: “February is a great month to get the wellies out and look around the garden with fresh eyes.  The peaceful wild garden and woodlands offer space to stretch your legs and admire the early blooming spring flowers.

Admission is £5 per person with under 16s free, payable on entry. Mapperton Estate will be making a donation to the National Garden Scheme from Snowdrop Sundays proceeds. 

Please visit the website for further information.