By Megan Slack
Mapperton Estate on England's idyllic southern Dorset coast is among the UK's finest manor houses – with equally interesting owners.
The impressive property is home to Viscount and Viscountess Hinchingbrooke, Julie Montagu – the American entrepreneur – and daughter-in-law of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich.
Julie has recently launched a new YouTube series, aptly named American Viscountess, which offers an insight into the Illinois-native's home – and celebrates Britain's most magnificent country houses – and some of the world's best homes. However, you don't need to wait for the show for an insight into Mapperton Estate.
The grand property blends historic allure with aristocratic allure – here we look inside the Viscount and Viscountess' home.
Nestled amid the verdant Dorset landscape, Mapperton Estate's glorious exterior mirrors the equally regent interiors – that are designed to impress from the entrance hall to the bedroom – and beyond.
The stately entrance sets the bar for the most luxurious hallway ideas – showcasing an unrivaled art collection and dangling chandelier.
Meanwhile, the second hall offers further design inspiration through its marble floor and beautifully curated accessories, including a large gold mirror that reflects the room's grandeur – to leave a lasting impression on all who pass through the space.
The drawing room is a further source of traditional living room ideas, with its ornate rug and fireplace that accentuate the detailed ceiling and pay homage to the property's rich heritage.
Beyond the sweeping staircase, Mapperton Estate's bedrooms exhibit the best in timeless English design – including a four-poster bed and a detailed mural that crowns the room with an ageless allure.
However, despite its timelessness, the Viscount and Viscountess's elegant bedroom ideas also offer a nod to contemporary trends – from its rattan furnishings to its pastel-pink velvet that brings the room into the modern-day.
Beyond the interiors, the estate curates beautiful garden ideas through its flowing botanical displays and injection of outdoor art pieces that continue the celebrated aesthetic beyond its four walls.
Julie Montagu Hinchingbrooke visits some of Britain's most spectacular homes via her channel every Sunday. If they're as inspiring as her Mapperton Estate, then we'll certainly be watching.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly enjoys writing about upcoming styles and trends for Homes & Gardens. Megan also loves discovering vintage pieces in her spare time, meaning her decor is largely influenced by the beauty of the jazz age.
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