Enchanting country houses in Surrey you’ll want to explore
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If grade-listed buildings with delightfully landscaped gardens are your thing, you’ve come to the right place. We pick 8 beautiful and awe-inspiring stately homes you will want to visit.
In the heart of rural Surrey only a stone’s throw from the pretty village of Mickleham, you'll find this spectacular Edwardian country retreat in the midst of the Surrey Hills. Amongst the long list of famous guests to this stately home is King Edward VII and Winston Churchill - so if you fancy a taste of royalty for the day, the extravagant and lavishly decorated rooms of Polesden Lacey are bound to impress.
The house is open to guests every day of the year apart from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with entry costing £13.60 for adults and £6.80 for children.
This classically beautiful Georgian building was built in 1756 and it is home to a wide selection of historical treasures – from collections of Old Masters’ paintings to musical instruments accumulated by collector and decorator, Alec Cobbe. Don’t miss a guided tour in the cellar which was once used as a shelter for pupils during the Second World War, and later as a secret underground venue for discos during the 60’s.
The house is open to visitors between April and October with admission costing £9 for adults and £4.50 for children.
17th century house Leith Hill Place, was once home to some of England’s most prominent families, such as the Wedgwoods and Ralph Vaughan Williams (whose piano is on display at the house). Charles Darwin was also believed to have conducted part of his research at Leith Hill and in the gardens of the property you will find Darwin’s worm-stone which he used to analyse the behaviour of earth worms.
You can take a scientific and musical trip to Leith Hill Place at any time throughout the year and entry is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. This is truly a fun-filled day for the whole family.
Loseley Park was built in the 16th century using stone sourced from Waverley Abbey when it was destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536. When visiting the house, you’ll find it is teeming with historical character as wooden floors, panelled walls, gothic windows and large fireplaces lit with roaring fires feature heavily throughout.
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Loseley Park is predominantly used for weddings and other functions but there is still the option to take a tour around the house, its impressive art collections and furnishings, and the gardens. It is open to visitors between 25 April and 31 August with admission costing £10 for adults and £5 for children.
Do you fancy staying in a piece of Surrey’s history? Wotton House is known as a hotel in Surrey but it was once used as a home for the Evelyn family. It was built in the early 17th century and it was the birthplace of famous diarist and landscape gardener, John Evelyn.
The building is recognisable due to its octagonal turrets and beautiful old orangery now used as a bar in the hotel. Baring its impressive appearance and historical nature in mind, it may come as no surprise that both Wotton House and its gardens are Grade II listed.
In the rambling countryside of the North Downs in Oxted, you’ll find Titsey Place – an enchanting country house that has served as a home for many families throughout the years. The building itself dates back to the Tudor period though the main construction of the building was completed in 1775.
The house is open to visitors between 13 May and 30 September. Opening times vary but admission is £7 for both the house and garden, and only £4.50 for the gardens which are simply beautiful.
Currently used as offices, this spectacular Grade II listed building is luxurious in character with its slate roof, tall brick chimneys and red brick exterior. The property can be found only a stone’s throw from Leatherhead and it dates back to 1705.
Fellow Surrey residents are bound to have heard about the devastating fire that took place at Clandon Park in April 2015. Thankfully nobody was injured but the house was left in disrepair. The great news is that the National Trust has decided to restore the building and we covered this in the March 2016 issue of Surrey Life. You can read all about it here.
We know the restoration will take time, but we hope you continue to visit one of Surrey’s most beloved stately homes in the future.