National Trust Properties in Surrey
During the course of years of removals in Surrey, we’ve become acquainted with some of the very striking and beautiful National Trust properties in the county, any of which we would encourage our friends and clients to explore. The next time you’re considering a day out, whether you’re long-term residents or newly arrived, any of these places would make for a great excursion.
The country retreat of noted heiress, Margaret Greville, who lived here between 1906 and 1942, Polesden Lacey, its surrounding estate and the many collections within, were left to the National Trust upon her death. It’s a ravishingly luxurious house and regular visitors included King Edward VII, George V and George VI. The dining room, central hall, picture corridor, library and study are worth losing yourself in and the grounds, with breathtaking views of the softly rolling Surrey Hills, include a delightful rose garden.
This is a classic example of the country house, framed by stretches of parkland. Although the house and garden can only be visited between April and October, the parkland, café and shop are open 363 days a year. Visitors are advised to dress in walking shoes or wellington boots because of the likelihood of encountering patches of mud. It’s a beautiful place for a winter walk, with marked routes and the option of bringing dogs.
The Homewood, Surrey
In between our Surrey removals work, we like to head here to appreciate what was at the time a radical form of architecture. Built in 1937, The Homewood is one of the early examples of the Modernist, avant garde style. It’s only possible to visit here if you pre-book a guided tour, but it’s well worth it to see this continental-style family villa – something to behold both inside and out. From the moment you walk into the entrance hall, flooded in light thanks to square blocks of glass, you’ll feel that you’re somewhere that’s a bit different. It’s here that you’ll get your first glimpse, through the vast window wall, of the garden, part of the six-acre estate where the original owner set out to create the perfect winter