Inside Polesden Lacey, the party house

Yes it seems that Mrs Greville liked a party or two, her house was launched with a royal gathering with King Edward VII as guest of honour. It's certainly decorated in a way that's fit for a king.

But first some more about Mrs Greville. She bought the house in 1906 with her husband Ronald and commissioned the architects of the Ritz to create a sumptuous and luxurious house fit for royalty. Ronald only lived for two years but Margaret lived here for many years entertaining a stream of high profile guests including Kings Edward VII, George V and George VI. Not bad hey?


It's an impressive house and reminded me a little of Killerton in Devon from the outside. Once inside it felt welcoming and homely and I soon realised that here it was all in the detail.


The central hall was designed to impress guests, but many of its features are salvaged; the screen is from one of Sir Christopher Wren's churches and there's Flemish tapestries from the 16th, 17th and 18th-centrures and there's a silver-plated chandelier hanging there too.


The picture corridor was amazing. I'll admit it wasn't the paintings I was interested in so much, but the detail on the ceilings and the uniformity of the windows, curtains and vases appealed to me.


The saloon is something else though, and something I wasn't expecting. Mrs Greville famously asked her architects for a room "fit to entertain a Maharaja" and I can safely say they delivered! It's designed to overwhelm and intoxicate guests. Tick and tick, it's a fantastic room. It's bold and extravagant, but there's still so much to see in the detail.


Below is Mrs Greville's writing desk where it's said she organised her social life and from the array of visitors she entertained I'd say it was a very busy place.


Even the chairs have exquisite detail and I loved the glimpses of the inner garden. I found this a fascinating house where the attention to detail was second to none, and I can imagine it'd be a fantastic place for a party!