On a lovely sunny Saturday afternoon, the Garden Gaggle group visited Polesden Lacey, a National Trust property near Dorking.
Polesden Lacey was the weekend party house of Margaret Greville, a popular and powerful socialite in the early 1900’s. She entertained the cream of society from aristocrats, movie stars and maharajas, to royalty.
The Duke and Duchess of York, later known as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother even spent part of their honeymoon here.
There are guided tours of the house or you can explore it yourself; it is a treasure trove of Dutch, Italian and British paintings, Chinese and European ceramics and exquisite objets d’art.
When we visited, there was a Rose Festival taking place in the stunning Edwardian walled rose garden, which was awash with beautiful scented and colourful roses.
Next to this is a walled vegetable plot with everything growing in neat straight lines and not a weed in sight!
There was the old-fashioned potting shed with various tools and pots on display and an opportunity to make your own potpourri bag with lavender, mint and rose petals.
On the West Lawn there is a display of some stunning 4ft metal roses, handmade for the Rose Festival by the Camelia Botnar Foundation a charity that works with young people from difficult backgrounds.
We decided to sit on a picnic blanket and cool ourselves down with a glass of fizz to admire the beautiful view from the rear of the house.
There is a very nice Café serving delicious food, a coffee shop and a shop selling gifts and plants, including the Margaret Grenville Rose, which was cultivated especially for Polesden Lacey. We also had to sample an ice-cream, which we ate in the pretty entrance courtyard, very welcome on a hot day !
There are also many other events taking place over the Summer such as an open-air theatre, Lazy Jazz Sundays, Summer crafts and games and meet the Polesden Rangers activities for children.
There is lots to see and do for all the family at Polesden Lacey, it is well worth a visit and I’m sure we will be back again soon!