Monday, 6 February 2012

The Edwardian hostess

Last weekend I got the chance to explore somewhere that has been on my places to visit list for quite a while now, Polesden Lacey in Surrey. A friend from the West Country who shares my love for exploring big country houses came to stay, and despite the freezing cold weather we had a lovely day walking the grounds, eating scones (essential on any day trip) and having a tour around part of the house. The whole house opens later in the year and from what we saw it is definitely worth another trip, particularly when the rose garden is in bloom. The tour revealed just enough of the history of the house, which was owned by Mrs Greville an Edwardian hostess who became famous for her lavish parties, to leave you wanting more. Mrs Greville turned Polesden Lacey into THE weekend retreat for royalty and politicians alike; a few of the stories are scandalous with drunk butlers and Mrs Greville’s sharp one liners capable of flooring even the most distinguished guests (similar perhaps to the Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey).


As mentioned, the weather wasn’t great so photos were difficult but here are some of my favourites.

Glittering jewels in the White and Gold Room


A few of Mrs Greville's 17, yes 17, dogs!


We also had a glorious day in Brighton and this was the view from the beach... I so want to be on that boat!


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