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Near Mapperton, Dorset Country Hotel

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.

Pevsner said in his Dorset guide "there can hardly be a more enchanting manorial group than Mapperton."

Other places well worth a visit whilst staying with us:

Lulworth, Studland, Salisbury Racecourse, Wincanton Racecourse, Wilton House, Longleat House and Safari Park, Bovington Tank Museum, Athelhampton House, Milton Abbey, Melplash, Parnham, Larmer Tree Gardens and the Salisbury International Arts Festival, the Plush Music Festival, the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival, the Great Dorset Steam Fair, Cranborne Chase the Piddle Valley and Dorset Opera.

Plumber Manor is recommended by:

Michelin, The Good Food Guide, The Good Hotel Guide, the Best Loved Hotels and Johansens guides.