Embers Polesdon Lacey
Polesden Lacey Estate, Great Bookham, nr Dorking, Surrey RH5 6BD
Within striking distance of London, in the heart of the Surrey Hills, National Trust-owned Polseden Lacey was originally one of the finest Regency houses in the UK. It was remodelled in Edwardian times and played host to Queen Elizabeth and King George VI on their honeymoon in the 1920s. Today you can camp here with access to the house, gardens and the rest of the estate, which – apart from the house itself, with its collection of paintings and furniture and mementoes of the many famous folk who passed through during the first half of the 20th century – has beautiful rose gardens and, most importantly, some 1400 acres of ancient woodlands and rolling farmland, explorable by way of multiple footpaths and bridleways.
As for the camping, there has been a site here since the 1960s, when it was used by the Girl Guides, but it has recently been transformed by the folk at Embers Camping, an experienced group that have several, traditional campfire-friendly sites in the Southeast. There are 35 grass pitches and a new oak-framed modern washroom, with underfloor heating, washbasins and piping hot showers, plus a newly built wood-fired pizza oven by the campsite shop. It’s a tent-only site, but you don’t have to have your own tent to camp here: they hire out ready-pitched five-metre bell tents for families who are too posh to pitch, making it a popular spot for both camping and glamping devotees!
The Owner SaysAt Embers Polesden Lacey, we are proud to offer the unique experience of camping at one of England’s most beautiful National Trust properties. During your stay you have access to the House, Gardens and wonderful open woodland and estate. Whilst staying with us, you can explore 1,400 acres of ancient woodland, trails and the truly mesmerizing rose garden visited by royalty from years gone by. Whether you decide to explore one of the four main estate walks by foot, visit the main house where Royals spent their honeymoon in the last century or simply laze in shade overlooking the stunning views over the Surrey Hills, you will be pushed to tire of the stunning grounds at Polesden Lacey. There’s plenty for the kids to do too, such as borrowing a pair of binoculars to spot the wide array of butterflies, house martins and swallows that grace the local woodlands. And of course, as at all Embers campsites, we're all about the campfires - so bring marshmallows and matches, and get ready to enjoy your evenings by the light of the fire.
Great location and helpful staff
Peaceful and picturesque site on the edge of the Surrey Hills. Loads of great walking right on the dorstep. Staff were great and even helped us to light our campfire properly! Facilities all brand new and spotless. Properly dark at night and love the fact that there are no cars onsite once you've unloaded! We stayed for one night as a trial, but will definitely be back again.