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Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham

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A well-preserved example of the luxury once enjoyed by the wealthy locals, Polesden Lacey is an Edwardian house featuring a collection of fine paintings, furniture, porcelain, and silver. This collection once belonged to Margaret Greville, a well-known Edwardian hostess who enjoyed exhibiting her priceless possessions at her celebrated house parties. Many of the mansion’s grand reception rooms and galleries are open to the public and can be viewed on informative guided tours. Be sure to take a leisurely walk through this extensive estate, which is famous for its walled rose garden, manicured lawns, and series of footpaths. Don’t miss a stop at this historic site where King George VI spent part of his honeymoon in 1923. Use our Great Bookham travel itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Polesden Lacey and other attractions in Great Bookham.
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  • This beautiful house is full of contemporary history. Nestling in the folds of the Surrey Hills, the NT guides are extremely knowledgeable and it is well worth taking a tour of the house with them. Th...  more »
  • Beautiful grounds and formal gardens. Palatial house devoted to hedonism and the pursuit of high society. Worth a visit to understand what the top of Edwardian Society was really like.  more »
  • The one time party home of the richest woman in the U.K. (Early 1900s) is a gem. Great house, terrific formal and informal gardens and very knowledgeable guides will keep you occupied for a few hours....  more »
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  • Polesden Lacey is a beautiful residence and I love taking my daughter there. The grounds are expansive, and full of interest. From tunnels through the woods, to rockeries, and vegetable plots. Despite being hugely popular there is enough space to find a quiet corner to picnic in the sunshine. The facilities are pretty good and I love the little second hand bookshop round the back of the house, however it's a pretty long walk back to the entrance for the loo. In the summer I don't think there's a better place to be so close to London.
  • Very interesting day. Lovely rose garden. Opulent House.
  • Favourite National Trust place. Excellent house and seriously knowledgeable guides. You can easily find yourself in 20 minute discussions with them! Also excellent cake
  • Brilliant! A nice mix of different aspects from the house to gardens and walks to a play area - highly recommended!
  • We found much more then we have been expecting..it's most beautiful place visited since we live in Guildford.