Saturday, August 12, 2006

Polesden Lacey

My friend Donnell was in town this week and we took a drive out to Polesden Lacey, a National Trust Estate. A beautiful mansion with "opulent Edwardian interiors" on 1400 acres with rolling hills, grazing sheep, and beautiful formal gardens. It's got a very interesting history as well--Margaret Greenville, who last owned the estate, bequeathed it to the Trust after her death in 1942. She was a renowned hostess, as the dinner party log on display attests--guests included royalty from England and beyond, and Queen Elizabeth even spent part of her honeymoon at Polesden Lacey. She was also wild about her many dogs--there is a pet cemetary on premises and she had formal photo portraits taken of the dogs through the years, also on display at the house.

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