As pretty as a picture with endless exploring opportunities – here’s how to spend a day at Polesden Lacey in Surrey.
When it comes to a relaxed day out, paying a visit to the historic Polesden Lacey in Surrey is perfect. This 1400 acre estate is a wonderfully diverse place to explore – from sweeping fields and ancient woodland to beautiful viewpoints, there’s something for everyone to see.
In case you need more persuading, here’s 10 reasons to pay this pretty National Trust hotspot a visit…
1 It’s an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
It’s hardly a surprise that Polesden Lacey is so beautiful – the estate lies within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), an area that spans the width of Surrey itself.
2 It’s home to interesting wildlife
The estate is home to a large array of wildlife; whilst you won’t spot tigers anytime soon, you’ll find butterflies such as the Chalkhill Blue and Brown Argus around the areas of chalk grassland; 3 species of owl including little owls; roe deer; 10 species of bat; buzzards; purple emperor butterflies and marsh tits. Keep a lookout for the occasional lizard too.
3 It’s perfect for exploring
Love a weekend wander? There are four way-marked routes around the estate, each in differing lengths and difficulty, but all with stunning views of the Surrey Hills. £1 leaflet with full walk details can be purchased at reception.
4 Find fascinating produce
Polesden Lacey takes produce seriously. In the summer, they make charcoal, and in the winter, firewood. They also produce chopping boards to sell onsite and raise funds to continue with the essential conservation work they carry out throughout the year.
5 The gardens are stunning
No matter the season, the gardens are beautiful here. Admire exceptional views over Ranmore Common from the South Lawn, seek peace and quiet in the old kitchen garden and upper sunk garden, or bask in the stunning colour and scent around the rose garden and double herbaceous borders.
6 You can try a garden tour
Love learning about all things nature? Join a knowledgeable guides on a garden tour; every day during the summer (April – October), and weekends only during the winter (November – March).
7 There’s even an Asia-inspired exhibition to peruse
When Margaret Greville died in 1942, she left not only Polesden Lacey to the National Trust, but also her London home as well as their contents. A collection of over 9,000 items is now housed at Polesden Lacey.
Make the most of this new exhibition and explore 25 of the vivid Asian pieces in Maggie’s collection, from books to ceramics to furniture (2 February – 3 May 2018.
8 Sink your teeth into afternoon tea
If you’re a fan of afternoon tea, pay a pitstop to The Granary Café situated near the main entrance. Enjoy everything from cream tea and cake to coffee and sandwiches.
Make it happen
Where: Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham, Dorking RH5 6BB
Cost: £13.60 per adult. Find out more here