On Tuesday my dear friend Rachel and I met up at Mapperton Gardens near Beaminster in Dorset. Despite this being a mere 20 (or so) minutes drive for me, I'd never been there before (neither had Rachel.) As luck would have it, the garden is one of the many accepting this year's Gardener's World 2-for-1 entry card so it was an absolutely bargain at just £3 each.
The house is only open for a few days a year (mostly in July and August) as the Earl and Countess of Sandwich live there, so we had to content ourselves with a wander round the outside of this gorgeous Jacobean manor.
I rather liked this little 'gazebo' down in the corner. I wonder if hubby could construct one in our garden?
At first glance it reminded me of the Blue Peter Italian sunken garden designed by Percy Thrower back in the late 1970s (showing my age), perhaps this is where he got his ideas...
And when we had finished our wandering we were able to refuel in the lovely Sawmill Cafe.