Houses & unusual buildings: Surrey
Discover a variety of houses and unusual buildings in Surrey. From party houses to modernist gems, to tiny cottages and a tower on top of a hill - you're sure to find something to enjoy. See our highlights below.
An elegant Edwardian country house set in the Surrey Hills. In its day, Polesden Lacey was known as 'the' place for lavish high society parties, thrown by its owner Mrs Greville. Despite its plush interiors, it still feels like a home.
A grand 18th-century Palladian mansion, Clandon impresses with its interiors, particularly its beautiful marble entrance hall (don’t forget to look up). It also has a superb porcelain collection and unique Maori meeting house.
Hatchlands is another impressive 18th-century mansion, with magnificent Adam interiors and Europe’s largest collection of keyboard instruments associated with famous composers.
Not your normal National Trust house, and only accessible by guided tour, The Homewood is a real treat. This 20th-century house and garden designed by Patrick Gwynne reflects the style and ethos of the Modernist Movement.
This timber-framed watermill on the picturesque Tillingbourne stream no longer works but its atmosphere, smell and well-preserved machinery give you a sense of what Shalford Mill was like in its day.
A small 16th-century timber-framed cottage, Oakhurst is charmingly simple; a labourer's dwelling, containing artefacts reflecting four centuries with a delightful cottage garden.
A Gothic tower standing alone on top of the highest point in the South East. It’s an odd thing to come across but climb the spiral staircase to the top and the views of the countryside surrounding Leith Hill and beyond are well worth it.
The visitor centre at Dapdune Wharf on the River Wey tells the story of the navigations and people who lived and worked on them. You can climb aboard a barge, build a den, have a go at pond dipping or join a boat trip.
Sitting alongside a tranquil stretch of the River Thames, 17th-century Ham House impressed in its day and still does, with a rich history and atmosphere and a fine collection of furniture and textiles.
Leith Hill Place, near Dorking, was the childhood home of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and was lived in by the Wedgwood family. We opened it to the public in 2013 for the first time in 40 years last year and won the National Trust Chairman’s Bringing Places to Life Award. You can enjoy an informal and relaxed atmosphere where you can play the pianos, go on a soundscape attic tour and make yourself a cup of tea.