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Polesden Lacey
Thursday 30 May 2019

This visit is to the National Trust property of Polesden Lacey on the North Downs near Dorking.

The Regency house was transformed into a superb Edwardian mansion by brewery heiress Mrs Ronald Greville. A glittering array of formal rooms are decorated with fabulous portraits including works by Raeburn and Reynolds. Her collection of fine paintings, furniture, porcelain and silver is displayed in the reception rooms and galleries, as it was at the time of her celebrated house parties.

The house was furnished in opulent style, but not in any coherent fashion, the decoration being acquired from other country houses and historic properties.

There are extensive grounds comprising a walled rose garden, lawns, ancient woodland and landscape walks.

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