Discover the house
Polesden Lacey, the weekend party house of Edwardian socialite Margaret Greville, was designed to impress. From the stunning décor in the gold Saloon to state-of-the-art conveniences, such as Mrs Greville's personal lift, no expense was spared when Ritz architects Mewès and Davies renovated the house ready for Mrs Greville's first house party in 1909.
Currently, there are 14 showrooms in the house that can be open to the public. Read on to find out why we sometimes have to close rooms, and our plans for opening more spaces in the future.
What you can see today
The following rooms in the house are currently open:
- Blue Cloakroom
- Central Hall
- Dining Room
- Portico Bedroom
- Mr McEwan’s Bedroom
- Exhibition spaces (Courtyard Bedroom, Forecourt Bedroom, Forecourt Bathroom, Forecourt Dressing Room
- Servants’ Hall
- Housemaids’ Room (set up as Madame Liron’s room)
- North Corridor
- Linen Room (Set up as Mr Bole’s office)
- Gun Room
- Smoking Room
- Billiard Room
- Tea Room
- Picture Corridors
Our rooms are staffed by our fantastic volunteers but there are sometimes fewer people able to help, so we may need to close rooms at short notice. If there is a particular room you'd like to see, please call us before you visit to confirm which rooms are open.
If you're interested in volunteering with us, give us a call or email PLVolunteering@nationaltrust.org.uk
At the moment the house is open 11am – 5pm. There are timed tours between 11am - 12pm and you can explore the house yourself from 12.30pm. Last entry to the house is one hour before closing.
We hold introductory talks every day at 11.30am (weekends), 12.30pm (weekdays), 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Come to the front of the house to learn a little about socialite Margaret Greville and her extravagant party house.
Our plans for the future
When Polesden Lacey first opened to the public in 1948, only 7 ground floor spaces were open to explore, including the dining room, the Saloon and the library. The bedrooms and servants’ areas were therefore kept shut, and many rooms were turned into offices, accommodation and conservation stores.
In the 70 years since we first opened to the public, we have worked to open many more rooms; most recently, since December 2015, restoring the servants’ quarters, William McEwan’s bedroom (Mrs Greville's father) and the exhibition spaces.
Work continues as part of our exciting and ambitious Unlocking Polesden project to restore and open 10 further rooms in the house, including King Edward VII’s suite, more guest bedrooms and the servants’ bedrooms.