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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.

South of the border

A feast for the eyes © Eddie Hyde

A feast for the eyes

The herbaceous border is looking stunning - the best it has for a number of years.

Emma McNamara, Garden and Parks Consultant at the National Trust, was inspired by the original Edwardian design and with our garden team has created a special place for all to enjoy. 


Try a midweek visit

Why not pay us a visit on a weekday? © Eddie Hyde

Why not pay us a visit on a weekday?

We know some of you like a more peaceful visit. We’re busiest at weekends, so if you’re looking for a quieter day out, why not visit during the week if you can?  The house is open every day, with guided tours weekday mornings from 11am - 12.30pm - discover more about our collections, conservation work and stories. Wander at your own pace from 12.30pm and all day at the weekends.

Plus free daily garden tours.

Fancy a game of croquet?

Croquet is fun to try © Eddie Hyde

Croquet is fun to try

Come along, learn the rules and have some fun. Drop in sessions are on Saturdays in August (except 9 August) from 11am-3pm on the croquet lawn. No need to book, normal admission charges apply and drop in sessions are free.

If you'd like coaching lessons, you can book a two hour session, morning or afternoon. Available 9 August and 13 September, 11am–1pm or 2-4pm. Sessions cost is £12 per person. Please book in advance on 01372 452048.

Donkey derby

Family fun! © National Trust

Family fun!

Sunday 7 Sept 11am-5pm
Join in with the family fun and help to raise money for local charities. We'll have a bouncy castle, live bands, children's rides, a fun dog show, donkey rides, stalls and games, 7 races and Tote from 1.30pm.

  • Free entry, including house and gardens


Picture this ... our garden gallery

A beautiful letter seal from our priceless art collection © Eddie Hyde

A beautiful letter seal from our priceless art collection

The colour in our gardens and grounds this autumn will provide the backdrop to an exciting outdoor photography display.

Large photos will be shown in sympathetic settings around the grounds. We will showcase collections normally only seen in the house so that visitors can appreciate the beauty of these artworks in an alternative setting. 

The outdoor photography display will run throughout September 2014 and standard admission charges apply.

A festival of local food and drink

See what’s cooking in our master classes © Eddie Hyde

See what’s cooking in our master classes

October 4, 5, 6,  10am - 4pm

We are proud to showcase local local food producers and products, including artisan bakers, homemade delights and a micro brewery to whet your appetite. There's plenty to see and there will be cookery demonstrations, beer tasting and kids can have fun learning piping. 

Hear about our community garden project and go foraging for wild food with our guides. The event takes place in our historic courtyard, no entry charge but normal admission applies to house and gardens.

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Our Great British Walks

You may know the house but walk a little further to see to see breathtaking views of our grounds. It's perfect for wildlife lovers.

Glorious autumn colour

Nature’s autumn colours at their best

You can see the colours changing in every corner of our grounds. Some of the best autumn has to offer can be found in the valley, Preserve Copse, the pinetum and the sunken garden.


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