Mapperton House And Gardens

Mapperton House is the home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich. The family moved here from Hinchingbrooke House, near Huntingdon, in the 1950s. The valley gardens at Mapperton reflect at least three periods of history. On the top level is the croquet lawn, where in dry weather the remains of a parterre, possibly 17th century, can be made out. On the next level is the Italianate garden laid out by Mrs Ethel Labouchere in her husband’s memory in the 1920s. An orangery was added by Victor Montagu in the late 1960s, the current Earl of Sandwich’s father. Below the wall and summer house are fish ponds which lead to the wild garden with its wonderful specimen shrubs and trees. Visit website for a list of events taking place at Mapperton.


01308 862645
Fax: 01308 861082


Venue address
Mapperton House
West Dorset

Other information

All year
Cost variations
Admission charges vary if you are visiting the gardens only, or the house and gardens - visit website for details. Those who are able to show documentary identification of disability (i.e. blue / orange badge or similar) will be able to take a carer in free of charge. See website for all other discounts available.
Additional Information

Children are welcome at Mapperton. Children must be supervised at all times.


Wheelchair accessible
The paths in the Gardens are gravel and some areas are very steep due to the natural topography. Approximately 50% of the garden is considered to be accessible by wheelchair and there is a recommended wheelchair route. One manual wheelchair is available free of charge at the main entrance. We do not book chairs out in advance of a visit.
Parking availability information
There is ample free parking for cars and coaches, and the usual courtesies are extended to coach drivers. Designated disabled parking is available in the first row of the main car park, which is 50 metres from the entrance to the House and Gardens.
Toilet facility information
A lavatory with wheelchair access is located to the right of the Coach House.
Other Facilities
Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas.
Some activities and family support services listed in our directory may be cancelled, postponed, or running in a different way due to coronavirus restrictions. Please contact providers to check for information about any changes.

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Address: Mapperton House  Mapperton  Beaminster  Dorset