Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey

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.

Margaret Greville’s desk

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.

The sitting room

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.

Flower beds on the terrace
Looking towards the terrace

Polesden Lacey is a place we’ll be returning to.

7 thoughts on “Polesden Lacey

  1. This looks like a magnificent estate to explore – that sitting room alone looks like it would take hours to see all the wonders & collections in it. When I visited the link you provided, it says that the house & gardens are closed today due to a security incident – oh my! I read that they have lots of clocks, each one with history & story, reminded me of Thomas of Downton Abbey. The grounds are being well carried for & I chuckled out loud that they have a designated area for squirrel play. Oh yes I think I would be a regular & often visitor here.

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