Discover the house

The Dining Room at Polesden Lacey with table set, pictures and plants

From the stunning décor in the gold Saloon and the salvaged wood carved panelling in the Central Hall, to state-of-the-art conveniences, such as Mrs Greville's personal lift, no expense was spared when the house was renovated ready for Mrs Greville's first house party in 1909.

Paper cut out chritmas tress decorating the table in the billiard room

Visit the house

The house has fallen under an enchanted evergreen spell this Christmas. Woodland animals have taken over the festive preparations and have transformed Mrs Greville’s party house. As you wander through the rooms see what animals you can spot along the way.

The house is open daily from 27 November - 23 December and Boxing Day.

There's no need to book to visit the house, but normal admission charges apply.

The house the Grevilles bought in 1907 was practically a new building. They employed Mewès and Davis, the architects of the Ritz hotel, to help transform the interiors of their new weekend retreat. One thing's for sure - Mrs Greville wanted her house to impress. 

" I want a room I can entertain Maharajas in."
- Margaret Greville 

The library is one of the most welcoming of the reception rooms at Polesden Lacey. The books here are from the libraries at Polesden Lacey and Charles Street - the Greville’s London residence. Other volumes belonged to the servant's social club, once located in Stable Courtyard. 

The Library at Polesden Lacey
A view of the library at Polesden Lacey
The Library at Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey houses nearly 100 paintings, an exceptional collection created by Margaret Greville and her father that you can view throughout the house. 

Visiting the house 

You can explore the house at your own pace or join one of our guided tours. The house is open daily from March to August with more limited opening at other times (see opening times for more details).   

Guided tours take place from 11am – 12.15pm, excluding school/bank holidays, between March and October. To join a tour, just pick up a ticket from visitor reception when you arrive.  

You can take a self-guided tour on weekdays from 1pm and all day at the weekend. 

Reading the red book in the Saloon at Polesden Lacey
A man reads a room guide in the house at Polesden Lacey
Reading the red book in the Saloon at Polesden Lacey

What you can see on your visit  

We open as many rooms as possible, but it does vary depending on conservation work taking place including resting rooms (you can read more about this below) and volunteer availability.  During your visit you will usually be able to see the following: 

  • Lobby 
  • Central Hall 
  • Dining Room 
  • Picture Corridors 
  • Library  
  • Saloon 
  • Tea Room (view from doorway) 
  • Billiard Room 
  • Smoking Room 
  • Gun Room 

Rooms are staffed by our fantastic volunteers at Polesden Lacey who can share more detail about the history of the house and collections.  

Keeping visitors, volunteers and staff safe

In line with Government guidelines we have lifted social distancing rules and other COVID restrictions . However, the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains a priority and the team will continue to carrying out enhanced cleaning throughout the day and hand sanitising stations will be available for visitors. The team appreciate you not touching surfaces where possible to help with this. 

Whilst the wearing of masks is no longer mandatory, please wear one if you still prefer to. 

Our regular visitors will also notice some changes to our displays, including the removal of interactive displays and comment cards. Some rooms will also be roped off and viewed from a distance to ensure everyone can move through the house safely. 

Our conservation work 

As an accredited museum there's a lot of work that the team does to keep the collection and interiors shipshape. 

We work throughout the year to care for and conserve the house and collection. One of the conservation factors we must consider is light. By ‘resting’ rooms we reduce the irreversible deterioration of areas, particularly textiles. We even need to rest the floorboards, which weren’t built to host as many visitors as we are able to welcome today. For this reason, we are not open all year round. 

Whilst we’re closed, we’re able to carry out vital work such as deep cleaning, beginning with high level cleaning of ceilings and walls, and inspecting the collection to check condition. We may also use this time to send key pieces away to be restored. Wherever possible we carry out conservation work while we're open so that visitors can see what we're doing and ask questions if they want to. 

A member of staff uses a paintbrush and hoover to clean a picture frame
Woman using a paintbrush and a hoover to clean a picture frame
A member of staff uses a paintbrush and hoover to clean a picture frame

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