Discover the house at Polesden Lacey

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.

The Study at Polesden Lacey, nr Dorking, Surrey

What you can see on your visit

Conservation in the house

Our favourites - by Polesden Lacey staff and volunteers

A bust-length portrait of a young woman with red hair. On the reverse is a portrait of a saint.

The mystery of the Unknown Woman

"In the house, there's a painting of an unknown lady, who isn't the greatest beauty but hides an intriguing secret, which I really enjoy. Apparently, on the reverse of the painting is a portrait of a saint. Perhaps this enabled the owner to turn the picture around and hide the lady very easily.. I'd love to know their story! I always mention this to visitors, if I'm on duty near the West Corridor" Penny, House Tour Guide

The servants call board at Polesden Lacey

The Servants' Call Board

"Not objects of great beauty perhaps; but I love the Servants' Call Boards dotted around the house at Polesden Lacey. I imagine house maids and valets chatting downstairs, hearing the alarm and jumping up to see who would need to dash upstairs and be of service." Cate, member of staff.

Part of an image of a boy with a sheep. The boy is wearing a dress and has his hand on a sheep which is cropped out of the image.

The boy with a sheep

"All children of this age wore skirts, a boy is indicated by the wearing of a sash with gold medal under the arm, as shown in this portrait. I am very much in a minority liking this painting, which can be found in the library. I look at his little chubby face and wonder who he was and what became of him." Gillian, House Tour Guide. The painting is attributed to Cesar van Everdingen (1606-1679) or Aelbert Cuyp (1620-1690).