Voted the Nation’s Finest Manor House by Country Life in 2006, Mapperton is Elizabethan in origin, and a marvellous example of a fine West Country manor house. Now the home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich, Mapperton is till a family house. It was the first Earl of Sandwich who brought Charles II back from Holland to be restored to the throne of England.
Mapperton Gardens are certainly well worth a visit. The manor and gardens are at one with the surrounding Dorset countryside. The gardens descend from the great lawn, through the formal topiary down to the romantic valley garden deep in a Dorset combe. The manor house with its church, stable block, coach house and dovecote all in a glorious golden sandstone blends so well with the surrounding countryside.
“there can hardly be a more enchanting manorial group than Mapperton.”
Pevsner said in his Dorset guide