Mapperton House and Gardens

Mapperton House is the home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich. It is a magnificent Jacobean manor house with an Italian-style valley garden set amongst the rolling Dorset countryside.

Location: Mapperton, Beaminster DT8 3NR (Google map)
Telephone: 01308 862 645

Entrance to Mapperton House.

Side note: If, like me, you’re not sure what Jacobean style is, it means relating to the reign of James I of England (r 1603 – 1625). James I of England had previously been ruling Scotland since 1567 as King James VI of Scotland (James Charles Stuart). When he succeeded the throne it unified England and Scotland under one ruler for the first time which it has continued to do until the present day. It was also the start of the Stuart period of British history which lasted from 1603 – 1714 and followed the end of the Elizabethan era (Elizabeth I) which marked the end of the Tudor period. So now you know.

In 2006 the house was voted the “Nation’s Finest Manor House” by Country Life magazine. The Manor House has been used as a location for several films including the 2015 version of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd

There's a little shop in the car park where you can buy your entrance ticket
Ticket can be bought from the little shop at the entrance to the car park next to the church

Mapperton House Opening Times

Mapperton Gardens are open from 01 March 2023
The gardens are open Sunday – Friday 10am – 5pm. Closed on Saturday.

Mapperton House is open from 02 April 2023
The house is open Sunday to Thursday only for guided tours. Closed Friday and Saturday.
Guided tours starting at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. Times must be selected when you book your tickets.

Mapperton House and Gardens Ticket Price

Entrance tickets can be bought in advance is on their website

Ticket TypeGarden onlyHouse & Garden
Adult (16+)£13.50£18.50
Child (5-15)£5£7
under 5sFreeFree
Historic Houses Association membersFreecheck website
RHS membersFreecheck website
Prices are subject to change. Check website before visiting. Info last updated 06 April 2023
The Sawmill Cafe at Mapperton House
Entrance to All Saints Church. Mapperton House is a very popular venue for weddings.
The Orangery house in the garden
Entrance to the Orangery
The gardens.

Related Pages: Forde Abbey / Bridport / West Bay Beach / Lyme Regis / Dorchester / Weymouth