Polesden Lacey is near Dorking in Surrey and around an hour’s drive from West London. It was the weekend party house of Margaret ‘Maggie’ Greville, a popular and powerful socialite in the early 1900s.
Mrs Greville bequeathed the estate to the National Trust after initially having planned to leave it to TRH the Duke and Duchess of York. She realised, however, that after the duke had ascended to the throne in 1936, they would have no use for it. The Yorks had spent the first week of their honeymoon at Polesden Lacey in 1923.
There are 1400 acres of grounds to explore, which include several Tilly-friendly walks, an adventure playground and pop-up tea and coffee stands. The whole estate is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Polesden Lacey is a place we’ll be returning to.