Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham
A National Trust country house estate with gorgeous manicured gardens, rambling walks and lovely cafes - a perfect days out for grown-ups and families.
Set on a massive 1,400 acre state, there’s a lot to see and do at this country house retreat – the former home of Edwardian socialite Dame Margaret Greville.
The house is a sight to behold – purchased by the Grevilles in 1907 and renovated by the architects of the Ritz hotel, Mewès and Davis, with no expense spared. It was designed to impress kings and maharajahs – and from the glittering gold saloon to the central hall with its wood-carved panelling and a collection of more than 100 Dutch, Italian and British paintings.
You can explore the house at your own pace or join a guided tours – it’s open daily from March to August and on limited days throughout the rest of the year.
Outside, the gardens offer something for every season, including climbing roses which are at their best in June, a beautiful herbaceous border and a winter garden bursting with yellow aconites.
The wider estate has four waymarked trails with plenty of space to let off steam on a walk through woodland or over rolling hills.
Great Bookham, near Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BD
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