Transforming the house for Christmas at Polesden Lacey

This Christmas Polesden Lacey will be transformed with all the sparkle of and gemstones beloved of its last owner, Mrs Greville. We're working with contemporary artists, Neon, to re-imagine rooms as never before; alight with diamonds, emeralds, rubies and pearls.

Find out more about the inspiration for this year's theme, 'All that Glitters' which will be open from 15 November until 6 January 2020.

Transforming the house

This year we need to close the house for the two weeks leading up to Christmas, between the 4 - 14 November. During this time our team of house conservators will be working with the artists, Neon, to install stunning pieces themed around the 'all that glitters' concept. 

Rooms in the house will be re-imagined to bring to life the diamonds, emeralds and pearls Mrs Greville was so fond of. Even the Central Hall will look very different this year - the traditional Christmas tree wouldn't last long enough for the whole of the Christmas offer, so we'll be taking a different spin on that tradition, too. 

Sadly, it won't be possible to welcome visitors into the rooms that will be part of our Christmas offer while we're putting the Christmas installations into place. For safety, we have to close the house and the only way to see part of it during this time will be on an Unseen Spaces tour.

Unseen Spaces tours will run every day at 11.15am and 2.15pm and you can pick up a ticket from Visitor Reception on the day.

The Greville Bequest

Mrs Greville was a great collector. When she left Polesden Lacey to the National Trust, her vast collection included fine art, furniture and ceramics, as well as Fabergé, Cartier and even a diamond encrusted bookmark.

As you’d expect, Mrs Greville’s epicurean tendencies extended to jewels and jewellery. As well as collecting unset gemstones on her world travels, Mrs Greville was a frequent patron of Boucheron and Cartier; asking them to make and remake pieces from her own collection as well as commissioning new pieces, some of which are worn by our Royal Family today.

" ...she had some lovely pearls and nice emeralds too I think "
- HRH Queen Mary

Mrs Greville was very fond of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, even helping foster the romance between Prince Albert, future King George VI and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.  Mrs Greville bequeathed to the Queen Mother “with my loving thoughts” all her ‘real’ jewellery.

The show-stopping diamond and platinum festoon necklace and Boucheron tiara, pieces often worn by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, were part of this bequest. The beautiful kokoshnik emerald and diamond tiara worn by HRH Princess Eugenie at her wedding last year was also part of Mrs Greville’s collection.    

Mrs Greville's love of jewellery and sparkle is the inspiration for our Christmas offer this year. Why not join us between 15 November - 6 January for 'All that Glitters' at Polesden Lacey.  

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