George Gershwin and Paul Whiteman

Sing Something Swingy – mark 2!

Back in June 2014 I wrote a blog post about our collection of 78 rpm records and the work we were doing to date, inventory and research their artists.  In that post I confidently said that we had a final total of 337 records – well that was definitely wrong! A couple of months ago […]

MARGARET (ANDERSON) McEWAN, THE HON. MRS RONALD GREVILLE (1863-1942), 1891, by Emile-Augustus Carolus-Duran (1838-1917), in the Picture Corridor at Polesden Lacey, Surrey. CMS: 1246442

New Research Talks: Mrs Greville by Carolus-Duran

2016 will be a year like no other at Polesden Lacey.  It’s the year our exciting new 363 plans officially begin which will see new offers, stories and treasures from Polesden’s past come to the fore, for 363 days of the year. With all this re-interpretation of old and new spaces, our avenues of research are […]


Putting the House to Bed

Traditionally most country houses close their doors for the winter and begin the winter deep clean which you will often hear called “putting the house to bed”. This is a process that has been carried out for hundreds of years. The task once performed by housemaids has been continued by house teams up and down […]

Fosty house

Diving into the Deep… Cleaning

After the hustle and bustle of Christmas the main focus of the house team will once again be on our deep cleaning schedule. This winter is the last one where the house will be closed on weekdays between January and March, until we open for Easter. It is therefore our last opportunity to undertake any […]


Merry Christmas from the house team

It’s almost here, only 3 days until Christmas is here! It feels like its been a long festive season for the House Team here at Polesden. We’ve been planning Christmas since April and ideas for next years event are already in the pipeline. Our 1930’s Christmas event is still in full swing so if you’ve […]


Wrapping Up for Christmas: Polesden’s Statue Covers

While you’ve all been wrapping up your Christmas presents, we’ve been wrapping up our garden statues.  We all love a white and frosty Christmas, our statues however, are not so keen, so efforts are made to keep them cosy during the chilly months of winter! This year we have some brand new covers on no less than […]


Christmas Countdown

Here at Polesden Lacey there is always great excitement heading into the Christmas season as the house team transform the mansion with countless Christmas trees, fabulous floral displays, and room settings fit for royalty. Throughout November we as a house team are very busy with conservation deep cleans and storeroom work alongside all the Christmas preparations. Once each […]