Join us this February to learn about Polesden's love stories

A couple seen through the Moon window in the garden at Polesden Lacey

Over the years, Polesden Lacey has been the backdrop to many romantic moments; most notably it was the honeymoon spot for our late Queen Mother and the future King George VI. This year for Valentine’s Day, we want to celebrate all the love stories that Polesden has witnessed over the years… including yours.

Matchmaking at Polesden

Mrs Greville was ever the artful matchmaker and she often engineered opportunities for couples to be together. For instance, she invited King Edward VII and his mistress, Alice Keppel, to the very first house party at Polesden Lacey at 1909. She also invited Keppel’s husband, George, and the king’s ex-mistress, the Countess of Dudley, too - imagine that!

The Duke and Duchess of York on honeymoon at Polesden Lacey in 1923
The Duke and Duchess of York on honeymoon at Polesden Lacey in 1923
The Duke and Duchess of York on honeymoon at Polesden Lacey in 1923

Mrs Greville liked to encourage love amongst her staff, such as the budding romance between one of her housemaids, Megan Hughes, and the head gardener, Roland Hill. Mrs Greville assigned Megan to stay behind and walk the dogs at Polesden Lacey while she travelled abroad, ensuring that the couple would have ample alone time together. They later married.

Celebrate love and romance at Polesden this February

Visit us for more stories of love and romace (and maybe even some scandal) at Polesden over the years.

  • Spotlight talks focusing on love and romance at Polesden will be held throughout February at 1pm, from tuesday 5 Feb to thursday 28 Feb. Guides will be in costume.
  • Explore the grounds to find our picture frames and take your own pictures using the photos, and frames, as inspiration.
  • Visit the Love Tree on the South Lawn and write a note to your loved one to hang to the tree.

Share your Polesden love story!

Have you enjoyed a memorable first date here, perhaps a picnic on the lawn? Did your favourite person drop to one knee among the roses? Did you get married here and celebrate your love surrounded by all your friends and family? Perhaps Polesden is where you come to spend time with your loved one? We'd love to hear your story.

Email us at polesdenlacey@nationaltrust.org.uk, including your name and a picture if you’d like to include one (300 words or less). Then come back to Polesden on Valentine’s Day (February 14) to see your love story hanging on our love tree on the South Lawn, looking out over the rolling hills of Ranmore Common.

Or visit us this February and pick up a ribbon and card from Visitor Reception to write your note and hang it on the tree.

Normal admission applies. 

Growing old together at Polesden Lacey
An older couple stroll the herbaceous borders together at Polesden Lacey
Growing old together at Polesden Lacey

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