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: 1 April to 31 October, Sunday to Thursday (closed Fridays and Saturdays), noon to 4pm (guided tours only, at noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm).
Gardens: 1 March to 31 October, Sunday to Thursday, 11am to 5pm.
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
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
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Exchange your vows in the elegant Garden Pavilion, then celebrate with champagne outside the majestic Orangery, with stunning views through the formal gardens into the tumbling countryside beyond. Then head over for your wedding breakfast to the impressive Coach House, recently converted into a magnificent entertaining space for up to 120 guests.
You have exclusive use of the grounds, gardens, Orangery and Coach House on your wedding day. The sprawling gardens descend from the main lawn through to the formal topiary and down to the wild garden, offering an outstanding unspoilt landscape. Couples can explore the pretty tree-lined paths which lead to secret archways and the pond, all the whil
The coach house
Built in 1670, the Coach House is undergoing a complete renovation, and will re-open in May 2018 as an entertaining space which can accommodate up to 120 seated guests. The meticulous renovation will retain all of the historic features, including exposed stonework, lath & plaster surfaces and full height ceilings.
All Saints Church dates back to the 12th century. Located next to the manor house, it boasts stained glass windows, beautiful carvings and romantic candelabra-style lighting, and is available for intimate blessings with up to 90 guests.