Poelsden Lacey House, National Trust.
The perfect setting for an Edwardian country retreat
'This is a delicious house...' remarked Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother on her honeymoon at Polesden Lacey. 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. It was home to famous Edwardian hostess Mrs Greville, who entertained royalty and the celebrities of her time.
Marvel at the glittering Gold Room, designed to impress kings and maharajahs, or Mrs Greville's extensive collection of art and ceramics ranging from world-famous Dutch old masters to sparkling Fabergé objects.
The gardens offer something for every season, including climbing roses at their best in June, a herbaceous border that we’re currently restoring to pre-war glories and a winter garden bursting with yellow aconites.
The wider estate provides plenty of space to let off steam on a walk through woodland or over rolling hills, with four waymarked trails to try.
This is a great house with a large collection of paintings. The picture lights are in need of replacement and we were called in to take a look.
I particularly enjoyed the tight corriders walls strewn with artwork, Dutch masters and a fantastic Raeburn. See collection details here: http://www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk/search/highlights/Polesden-Lacey,-Surrey-%28Accredited-Museum%29/1