Mapperton Gardens are open from 1 March 2017 until 31 October. Opening times are from 11am to 5pm every day of the week except Saturday. Please note that garden entry is half price in March (£4.5o for adults, under 16 free)!
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, complete with grottoes, stone ornamental birds, animals and fountains. 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.