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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.

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Set on a massive 1,400 acre estate, 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 – from the glittering gold saloon and central hall with its wood-carved panelling to its collection of Fabergé, maiolica, and paintings by Dutch masters.

You can explore the house at your own pace or join a guided tour – it’s open daily from March to August and on limited days throughout the rest of the year.

The gardens and wider estate at Polesden Lacey offer something for everyone. The formal garden offers a floral delight throughout the year and the grounds are perfect for families to take in nature and play with natural play areas and swings in trees. There are picnic spots in Home Farm Orchard or the Preserve Copse or simply throw down a blanket on the South Lawn and soak up the incredible views over Ranmore common.

The wider estate has four waymarked trails with plenty of space to let off steam on a walk through woodland or over rolling hills.

With a café near the entrance and a gift shop too, it’s the perfect place to meet friends and family for a great day out.

The garden, shop and café are open all year, except for Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. You can explore the estate throughout the year.

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Great Bookham, near Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BD

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