The 11th Earl of Sandwich lives in this Tudor-Georgian manor, which had only been owned by four families until it was sold in 1919.
In 1540, Robert Morgan built a Tudor manor on the site of Mapperton House. The only bits left from this are the twisted chimneys and some of the heraldic plaster panelling inside. Parts of the manor were rebuilt in the 1660s by Richard Brodrepp, and a later Richard Brodrepp added the Georgian staircase and north front in the 18th century.
The house has formal gardens, including an Italianate garden laid out in the 1920s which has a long rectangular pool, steps down to the middle, and statues and lots of topiary hedges. Daniell’s Garden has a little secret garden behind it, and there’s an arboretum, spring garden and 17th-century summer house to be discovered, too.
When the Montagu family moved there in the 1950s, they brought the Sandwich Collection of paintings with them, including pictures by Lely, Van de Velde the Younger, Scott and Reynolds. You’ll get to see some of these, and hear about the Earls of Sandwich’s important links with British naval history, on a guided tour of the house.