Things to see in Polesden Lacey house
Discover the sumptuous interiors of Polesden Lacey, from the stunning décor in the gold Saloon to the inviting library and Margaret Greville's extensive collection of books and paintings. See this lavishly renovated weekend retreat to imagine the parties that took place here and the many famous guests who attended.
Discover a house to impress
The house the Grevilles bought in the early 1900's 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
Visiting the house
From 27 February, you can explore the house at your own pace from 11am-3.30pm.
Due to the nature of the historic interiors of the house, we ask that buggies are not brought inside. We have hippie carriers for infants and baby carriers for newborns available so please do ask for these as you enter the house lobby. We'll show you somewhere safe to leave buggies whilst you enjoy your visit.
See the Polesden Lacey homepage for details about opening times.
Rooms you can visit in Polesden Lacey house
We open as many rooms as possible, but it does vary depending on conservation work taking place, including resting rooms and volunteer availability. During your visit you will usually be able to see the following:
- Central Hall
- Dining Room
- Picture Corridors
- Tea Room
- Library (view from gib door)
- Billiard Room
- Smoking Room
- Gun Room
The fantastic volunteers at Polesden Lacey are on hand in the rooms to share more detail about the history of the house and its collections.
Collections at Polesden Lacey
Discover the collection of the lavish country retreat of Margaret Greville, a popular and powerful socialite in the early 1900s.
Some of the most significant treasures in Mrs Greville’s collection and explore how she amassed masterpieces by some of the world’s greatest and best-known artists, as well as exquisite objects by Cartier and Fabergé.
Online picture guide
Fancy learning more about the collections at Polesden Lacey? Or perhaps you'd like to plan your upcoming visit in more detail? We now have a brand new online picture guide available here.
Treasured Possessions Exhibition, riches of Polesden Lacey
Marking 80 years since Dame Margaret Greville left Polesden Lacey and her collection to the National Trust, we’re showcasing over 100 treasures in a major exhibition.
Marking 80 years since Dame Margaret Greville left Polesden Lacey and her collection to the National Trust, we’re showcasing over 100 treasures in a major exhibition at Polesden Lacey.
From her quiet childhood in Scotland, Margaret Greville climbed the social ladder to become one of the most popular socialites in the Edwardian era and owner of Polesden Lacey.
Discover some highlights of Polesden Lacey’s exceptional collection of paintings, created by Margaret Greville, the last owner of Polesden, and her father.