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The perfect setting for an Edwardian country retreat
'This is a delicious house...' remarked Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother on her honeymoon at Polesden Lacey. This country retreat, only four miles from Dorking and junction 9 of the M25, has glorious views across the rolling Surrey Hills and acres of countryside. It was home to famous Edwardian hostess Mrs Greville, who entertained royalty and the celebrities of her time.
Marvel at the glittering Gold Room, designed to impress kings and maharajahs, or Mrs Greville's extensive collection of art and ceramics ranging from world-famous Dutch old masters to sparkling Fabergé objects.
The gardens offer something for every season, including climbing roses at their best in June, a herbaceous border that we’re currently restoring to pre-war glories and a winter garden bursting with yellow aconites.
The wider estate provides plenty of space to let off steam on a walk through woodland or over rolling hills, with four waymarked trails to try.
Discover... the house, open every day
From Saturday 1 March, the house will be open every day, with guided tours weekday mornings from 11am - 12.30pm and the chance to wander at your own pace from 12.30pm and all day weekends.
Discover... a private apartment
‘A galumphing, greedy, snobbish old toad’, ‘so shrewd, so kind, so amusingly unkind’ and ‘one of the greatest of all hostesses’ are some of the ways Polesden's Mrs Greville was described by those who knew her. Hidden to the public until 2011 her private apartment has since been opened empty and unfinished. Now we are using it to tell more of her story. Open daily from 1 March.
Discover... that Spring has sprung
We have 20 different varieties of snowdrop, 30,000 daffodils, crocuses, aconites and lots more already flowering now. Plus come back in March to see our Banksia roses and sweetly scented clematis, or April when the carpets of bluebells should be out on the estate...
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