Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham: Hours, Address, Polesden Lacey Reviews: 4.5/5

Polesden Lacey
Historic Sites • Gardens
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
This country retreat, only four miles from Dorking and junction 9 of the M25, has glorious views across the rolling Surrey Hills and acres of countryside to explore. It was home to the famous Edwardian hostess Mrs Greville, who entertained royalty and the celebrities of her time. Marvel at the glittering gold Saloon designed to impress kings and maharajahs, or Mrs Greville's extensive collection of Dutch, Italian and British paintings, Chinese and European ceramics and fine French furniture. 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.
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1,465 reviews
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Bracknell, UK1,367 contributions
Jul 2020
Beautiful house (though sadly not open at the moment) and lovely setting. As with other NT sites you now have to book an entry time online, but once you are there you can stay as long as you want. New slots are released every week on a Friday morning and you have to be very quick to book if you want to visit at the weekend! It was great to be able to enjoy the gardens again and especially the fabulous views from the Long Walk. With the restricted numbers of people there was plenty of space for everyone and NT staff had everything well organised. The main toilets are open but there are no facilities in the gardens so it's a bit of a trek having to follow the one way system out and round and then back in again!

There are many walks you can do taking in the wider estate and the surrounding countryside. We did the "Little Big Walk" which goes down into the valley and through the woods passing Tanners Hatch, a 400 year old cottage which has been renovated and converted to a Youth Hostel. Back in the grounds we had a takeaway cappuccino and flapjack from the kiosk which was a nice way to finish the day.
Written July 8, 2020
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Jon Y
London, UK78 contributions
Jan 2022
We visited here on New Year's Day and once again were bowled over by how incredible an experience it was. The surrounding countryside was majestic as always and - whilst not as breathtaking as in Spring or Summer - still took our breath away.

The best part of the visit however, was the trip to the house. The Christmas decor was incredible - so beautiful and creative. But, as always, the main high point was speaking to the staff who tell the story of Lady Grenville with so much detail and passion. Each of them have a different angle to offer and are a real credit to the house and the Trust more generally. Interactions with staff were also superb across the site, and this is something we've found on all previous visits .

Highly recommend!
Written January 2, 2022
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK116 contributions
Jan 2020
We visited Polesden with friends and had a thoroughly enjoyable day out. We absolutely loved the Christmas Decorations this year - well done for being brave and stepping away from the norm. I'm sure there have been mixed views on this but we loved the atmosphere in the house with the really dimmed lighting, and for those who like traditional, surely the dining room decor catered for this! The grounds and walks are stunning and we enjoyed a delicious and reasonably priced lunch, plus coffee stops. As dusk fell, the fairy lights outside the property and in the grounds looked so enchanting. Cannot wait to re-visit at another time of year too.
Written January 4, 2020
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Thank you very much for your review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written January 6, 2020
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Stephanie H
5 contributions
Mar 2022
Middle class sexist tittle tattle.. stay at home and do exercises to a you tube video!

As a student I was herded 10 in a group around Broadmoor with a warden and a big set of keys opening a door for me to enter and another locking up behind me. The same has just happened to me in a group of 16 at Polesden Lacey. Very middle class and respectable of course, but herding cattle none the less.

Approaching the house you go under a really very good modern entrance arch. The front of the house looks good too but once past that Palladian? Edwardian? Shell, it was decorated in dark Victorian / early 20th century baroque style and grim

Dark, dank, imported wood panelling, gilt mirrors and a lot of emphasis on us shopping and spending an hour drinking coffee before we can see more than 4 rooms.
They do say we have to have a tour, but say we can then look around. They don’t say not till 1, and as it was raining that meant an hour of drinking NT coffee!

What is more we had to wait and do nothing till the tour began, then stand around not move without a guard following and I had a backache by 10 minutes in.

The house itself has what they tell me are high quality paintings, but it has no kitchen because the NT in its vandalising wisdom took it out.

Unfortunately the tour was not about the house but a lot of sexist stories all about how women make their way in the world by finding the right man, getting themselves pregnant, marrying money , and “long parties” that were simply weekend parties. “Ladies will want to know about jewellery “…… and chat about Meghan and Harry.

No questions! No sitting down! (Even for the woman carrying a baby) And with 16 in a group could not see anything but got an impression of gilded baroque inside what looks like a reasonable Palladian shell.

Unless you want to spend money and drink coffee, avoid!
Written March 1, 2022
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Sarah C
Ashtead, UK897 contributions
Nov 2021
We went to the Ignite trail, having seen it written up as "brilliant" on Surrey Live and FaceBook. I can only assume the reviewer didn't pay for their experience as it turned out to be quite underwhelming...
Some displays were lovely and ingenious but there were lots of very similar ones (e.g. firepit in a clearing) and also lots of gaps in the trail with neither sound nor light. The sound was intermittent in some places too, shame, as the bits of classical music we did hear where apt and atmospheric.
Oddly, although we were given a lantern (to share - strange given numbers were apparently limited), it was taken back from us before we walked the part of the trail through the rose garden, with small steps and uneven paving where illumination would have been most useful!
This is not a cheap event (and no discount for NT members, shame on you National Trust!) so overall a bit of a letdown.
Written November 17, 2021
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London, UK85 contributions
Nov 2021
As others have said it was a bit disappointing but some things were really good such as the fire breathing dragon & the “sea” of lights in front of the house. Sad you couldn’t really hear the music (mainly because of the screaming kids) as walking the last path with music playing was lovely. The displays with the metal were unusual, & loved the straw robin & unicorn.
Didnt try the food as apart from chips there was nothing veggie but it seemed a bit naff the cafe & ship were both shut, it was only 7 pm surely having such an event taking place they could have stayed open.
Nice touch being given the lantern at the start of the trail & the staff I spoke to were all friendly trying their best.
One suggestion - family hours so small kids could be taken at separate time,& parents going berserk trying to keep track of them in the dark nearly causing others to fall over - dangerous all round.
Given the amount of money the National Trust has it could have been better but it wasn’t as awful as other reviews make out & was worth the visit.
Written November 7, 2021
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Thomas Hogg
1 contribution
Feb 2021
I walked through the Polesden estate and gardens last Sunday and stopped for a tea at the kiosk to support the National Trust. After standing in the queue for 30 minutes, I ordered my tea and handed over £2.00, only to be told it was "cards only". There was no notice at the kiosk to say that this was the case. Not a good experience but thankfully the couple behind me heard the conversation and included my order with theirs.
Written February 24, 2021
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Jean F
Great Bookham, UK215 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
We live nearby and it was marvellous to be able to visit after 3 months of lockdown. All very well organised, no need to touch any handles etc and all out of doors. Numbers are limited so advance booking is essential, only the garden and grounds are open, toilets also, plus coffee and some snacks from a kiosk in the grounds, which we didn’t try. One way system around the garden, unfortunately ignored by a couple of people! Long borders looked beautiful and roses lovely, although no access to the sides of the rose garden. Thoroughly enjoyable and well thought through.
Written June 15, 2020
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Great Bookham, UK32 contributions
Aug 2020
I live very close to this lovely state house and it’s always a pleasure to visit. I was last here for the seasonal Shakespeare outdoor performance. During this visit I was with my mother and daughter who was studying Shakespeare for her GCSE exams, although she struggled to follow the show, armed with a blanket and an ice cream she happily sat back and enjoyed the acting. It’s quite an experience being an audience member of any outdoor performance but the environment and panorama of polsden Lacy makes it easy to get absorbed into a magical world. The house is gorgeous with lots of informative materials to make the trip a learning day.
Written July 8, 2021
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Berkshire, UK13 contributions
Sep 2021
Had another a lovely day at Polesden Lacey during mid September. It has helped to keep us sane over the last very challenging year. Usually we wander across the lawns, past the herbaceous borders, around the rose garden and into the vegetable garden, all of which are interesting, colourful, and lovely to walk around - and great for bees and butterflies/pollinators. The main Granary Cafe is good (we haven't tried the smaller one near the entrance) with helpful and pleasant National Trust staff who usually serve up a good scone, piece of cake and a mug of tea/coffee. Most are probably volunteers.

This time we followed the 2.2 mile Wellness Walk, sometimes across fields and at other times through woodland (with quite a steep gradient at one point - so good exercise for us silver surfers!) with different viewpoints and lovely views back towards the house. We had our own picnic food but enjoyed a good mug of coffee and a tub of ice cream (and a browse around the shop) before heading back home.

May we suggest that rather than grumbling about a few weeds or uncut hedges those visitors to this otherwise delightful place offer their services - as The National Trust is a charity which relies heavily on volunteers!
Written September 27, 2021
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