Holiday in Cowden, Kent - Friday 8th May to Friday 15th May 2015

Self Catering Holiday Cottage.

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Day 8 - Friday 15th May

Today we packed up and returned home.  We could not help but stop at one more property on the way - it was lunchtime after all.   Polesden Lacey is a National Trust property near Dorking.  The first house was built during the 13th century and there were several owners and remodellings over the years. In 1824 Joseph Bomsor commissioned Thomas Cubitt to demolish the house and build a complete new house. Later in the 19th century the house was sold and eventually, in 1902, a career civil servant, Sir Clinton Edward Dawkins bought and he commissioned Ambrose Poynter to extend the house tom its present state.  Sir Clinton died within a few years of completion and in 1906 the house was bought by William McEwan (Scottish Brewer) for his daughter and her husband - Margaret and Captain The Honourable Ronald Greville. They engaged Charles Mewes and Arthur Davis (they remodelled The Ritz Hotel) to remodel the house.  Unfortunately, Ronald died in 1908, only 2 years after they moved in.  Margaret continued to live in the house and entertained on a lavish scale; her guests included King Edward VII.  She invited The future King George VI and his new bride, Elizabeth, to spend part of their honeymoon at the house in 1923.

Polesden Lacey        Polesden Lacey           Polesden Lacey            Polesden Lacey                         Polesden Lacey

Front Elevation     Formal Garden        Formal Garden           Dinner Table for a King        Honeymoon Bedroom for a King

Polesden Lacey          Polesden Lacey         Polesden Lacey         Polesden Lacey         Polesden Lacey        Polesden Lacey

Maggie's Ensuite Bathroom                     4 images of Golden Saloon                                                  Long Gallery