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Mapperton Gardens

Beaminster

Terraced valley gardens surrounding Tudor/Jacobean manor house. On upper levels, walled croquet lawn, orangery and Italianate formal garden with fountains, topiary and grottoes. Below, C17 summerhouse and fishponds. Lower garden with shrubs and rare trees, leading to woodland and spring gardens.
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    Mapperton is a romantic garden hidden in the West Dorset hills behind Beaminster - the location for films such as Thomas Hardy's 'Far from the Madding Crowd' and Jane Austen's 'Emma'. There are wonderful walks and views.

    The gardens are the setting for one of Dorset's finest manor houses, Mapperton House. This was originally a Tudor manor and church, rebuilt in the 1660s with stable blocks, and contains a historic collection of furniture. The house is open during the summer months, and to groups by appointment.

    Listed grade II*, the gardens were laid out in the 1920's. They descended in terraces down the valley. At the northern end lies the Fountain Court, an Italianate garden of stone, grass, borders, topiary and water. At every corner there are summerhouses, grottoes and statuary. It is protected on the east by a planted hillside, and on the west by two banks running down from the house and lawn.

    On another level the formal garden gives way to two long pools and a wild garden following the stream with specimen trees and shrubs mainly planted in the 1960's. Beyond is a woodland garden with spring flowers and pine trees.

    Two miles from Beaminster (B3163), 6 miles from Bridport. There is a shop selling a variety of plants, gifts and stationery. For information about the gardens and house tours, please telephone 01308 862645.
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Features and Attractions

Garden open 1 Mar to 31 Oct (except Friday & Saturday) (11-5); Café open 1 Apr to 31 Oct (except Friday & Saturday); house open 1 Apr to 31 Oct (except Friday & Saturday). Snowdrop Sundays 4 & 11 February 2018.

For other opening times and information, please phone, email or visit garden website.

Mapperton Gardens- Canceled

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Owner Information

The Earl & Countess of Sandwich
01308 862645
office@mapperton.com
http://www.mapperton.com

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Mapperton Gardens
Mapperton
Beaminster
Dorset
DT8 3NR

6m N of Bridport.
Accessibility information

Partial wheelchair access (lawn and upper levels).

More about Mapperton Gardens

Mapperton is a romantic garden hidden in the West Dorset hills behind Beaminster - the location for films such as Thomas Hardy's 'Far from the Madding Crowd' and Jane Austen's 'Emma'. There are wonderful walks and views.

The gardens are the setting for one of Dorset's finest manor houses, Mapperton House. This was originally a Tudor manor and church, rebuilt in the 1660s with stable blocks, and contains a historic collection of furniture. The house is open during the summer months, and to groups by appointment.

Listed grade II*, the gardens were laid out in the 1920's. They descended in terraces down the valley. At the northern end lies the Fountain Court, an Italianate garden of stone, grass, borders, topiary and water. At every corner there are summerhouses, grottoes and statuary. It is protected on the east by a planted hillside, and on the west by two banks running down from the house and lawn.

On another level the formal garden gives way to two long pools and a wild garden following the stream with specimen trees and shrubs mainly planted in the 1960's. Beyond is a woodland garden with spring flowers and pine trees.

Two miles from Beaminster (B3163), 6 miles from Bridport. There is a shop selling a variety of plants, gifts and stationery. For information about the gardens and house tours, please telephone 01308 862645.
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