Common questions

Who lives Polesden Lacey?

Who lives Polesden Lacey?

Polesden Lacey is known as the weekend party house of Dame Margaret Greville, the indomitable Edwardian socialite who used it to entertain royalty and high society including Winston Churchill, Beverly Nichols and Queen Ena of Spain.

Is the house at Polesden Lacey open?

The gardens, estate, shop, and cafe at Polesden Lacey are open all year. The house is open daily from 1 Mar – 30 Oct. See Opening Times for more information.

Can you walk around Polesden Lacey?

The Polesden Lacey big walk This challenging walk takes you into the heart of Ranmore Common with fantastic views over Denbies Hillside that can be enjoyed at any time of year.

Do you have to pay to walk around Polesden Lacey?

– Parking: Main Car park is Pay and Display. £5 (free to members by scanning membership card at a machine and displaying ticket in your car). Alternatively, parking available in Bookham and then walk up to the National Trust site.

Why is it called polesden Lacey?

The name ‘Polesden’ is thought to be Old English. The first house was built here by 1336. Anthony Rous bought the estate in 1630 and rebuilt the medieval house. Richard Brinsley Sheridan, the poet and playwright, bought the house in 1804.

What is polesden Lacey famous for?

She was famous for entertaining the rich and the royal including Edward VII, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother who spent part of her honeymoon at Polesden Lacey in 1923.

Are there toilets at Polesden Lacey?

What’s open. The house, gardens, wider estate, café, coffee shop and toilets are open. There is kiosk where you can buy a small selection of drinks and ice cream near Admiral’s Walk. Inline with government guidance we’re lifting social distancing rules and other COVID restrictions.

Can you picnic at Polesden Lacey?

The South Lawn at Polesden Lacey is a glorious setting for a picnic. Go for a saunter through the formal gardens afterwards and pretend it’s all yours. The café at Polesden Lacey stocks delicious take-away picnic food to top up your hamper.

How long is the long walk at polesden Lacey?

There are four way-marked walks across the estate, each in differing lengths, from 1.5 miles to 4 miles.

Can you park at polesden Lacey?

Parking is free for National Trust members, non-members can pay on arrival. We have designated blue badge holder parking close to our main entrance. Campervans that are used for transport are welcome but are not permitted to stay overnight. We’re unable to welcome caravans and coaches at the moment.

Can you take bikes to polesden Lacey?


Do I have to book Polesden Lacey?

The house gardens and estate at Polesden Lacey and you don’t need to book your visit in advance. Our busier times are at weekends, public holidays and school holidays.

How big is the Polesden Lacey estate in Surrey?

Polesden Lacey estate walks The Polesden Lacey house nestles at the heart of a 1400 acre estate. Rich in history, the estate dates back to Roman times and enjoys stunning views over the Surrey Hills. Today the estate is looked after by the National Trust and is open all year round.

Where is Polesden Lacey House in Great Bookham?

Polesden Lacey is a stately home in Great Bookham in Surrey owned by the National Trust. There has been a house at Polesden Lacey since the 14th century.

Who was the original owner of Polesden Lacey?

The Polesden Lacey estate was purchased in 1902 by Sir Clinton Edward Dawkins, a career civil servant, who commissioned Ambrose Poynter, architect son of Sir Edward Poynter P.R.A., to significantly extend Cubitt’s work to create the present house. Sir Clinton, however died shortly after its completion.

What to see and do at Polesden Lacey?

Drink in the peace and beauty of the breathtaking landscapes of Polesden Lacey and the Surrey Hills beyond, as you enjoy precious time to yourself. Dogs welcome. This walk takes you through a delightful wooded valley and passes ancient woodlands, historic farmsteads and rolling downland all offering a diverse range of habitats for wildlife.