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The fact that we are free to visit this beautiful estate today is due to the generosity of Mrs. Ronald Greville. Mrs. Greville's life revolved around travel and entertaining the rich and famous including royalty, which she did very successfully for over 30 years. On her death in 1942 she bequeathed Polesden and her art collections to the National Trust, with the stipulation that it should be open to the public at all times and her treasures placed on permanent display.
As well as the villa, the 1400 acre estate with wonderful views across the downs, includes two farms, an Edwardian formal garden of some 30 acres, plus woodland and Ranmore Common to the South.
The centrepiece of the Edwardian garden is the extensive rose garden with its arched avenues supporting a prolific display of climbing roses. There are also herbaceous borders a rock garden, winter garden and croquet lawn. Mrs. Grevilles grave lies behind the house together with a dog's cemetery of much loved pets.
Polesden Lacey is located at Great Bookham near Dorking in Surrey off the A246.
A return visit to Polesden in 2013