Family camping site launched at Polesden Lacey


Pitch a tent in the stunning grounds of Polesden Lacey this summer


Enjoy unforgettable countryside views of the Surrey Hills

A campsite will open in the stunning grounds of Polesden Lacey, one of the National Trust’s most popular estates, for the 2016 summer season.

From July, families will be able to pitch their tents on the site of this historic Edwardian estate and enjoy unforgettable countryside views of the Surrey Hills.

Polesden Lacey in Great Bookham is the third site in the Embers Camping collection – all of which are located on historic country estates – alongside Beaulieu in the New Forest in Hampshire and Bentley in East Sussex.

Embers offers a ‘concierge style’ service at each of its sites to enable guests to make the most of their time including modern shower facilities, tents and camping equipment for hire.

This leaves guests to spend their days exploring and reconnecting with nature, and their evenings cooking, eating and telling stories around the campfire under the stars.

As well as creating a memorable outdoor adventure for friends and families, guests can take the opportunity to explore one of Britain’s most famous houses and its renowned gardens.

They can also enjoy the many events that are held at Polesden Lacey throughout the summer from Jazz Sundays to their annual Donkey Derby, food festival, Ranger Walks through 1,400 acres of ancient woodland, kid’s summer craft activities and open-air Shakespeare productions.

Andy Newbold Photography

Polesden Lacey Food Festival

What the founder had to say:

Murray McPherson, founder of Embers Camping, said: “We are thrilled to be adding Embers Polesden Lacey to our portfolio, and with it, a new partnership with the National Trust.

“Embers welcomes campers of all types, experienced or not, and offers a memorable camping experience.

“A stay at Embers is a chance to return to simplicity, encouraging visitors to explore the surrounding countryside, disconnect from the outside world and spend some quality time with family and friends.”

Get out in the fresh air


  • Modern shower facilities

  • Tents and camping equipment for hire

  • Shop selling local produce

  • Parking

  • Free entry to Polesden Lacey house and gardens

Visitors at Polesden Lacey, Surrey

What to bring:

Normal camping essentials such as:

  • Tent (if you are not hiring one)

  • Sleeping bag and mats

  • Torch

  • Food

  • Barbecue cooking and eating utensils

  • Chairs

  • Matches

  • Rain jacket

  • Towels

  • Wellies

  • Washing up cloths and soap

Rex Sellars Bookham Camera ClubPolesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey


  • The campsite is now available for bookings for 2016

  • A two-night weekend stay over the summer at Polesden Lacey costs £125 for two adults and two children, including entry to the historic house and gardens

  • Children under three stay for free

  • National Trust members will also receive a free bag of wood each evening

  • The camping site is open July-September

  • To book visit or call 0345 257 2267

2 thoughts on “Family camping site launched at Polesden Lacey”

  1. The application for this camping site met with overwhelming objection from local residents and was refused by Mole Valley District Council (MVDC). One would have thought that National Trust (NT) would have respected the strong views of the local populous, but NO! National Trust saw fit to appeal the refusal and the dummies on the tribunal overturned the refusal.
    At that time (Jan.2016), I wrote NT stating the above and pointing out that just because the appeal had been won, it did not mean that NT had to proceed with the project and it was not too late for NT to see sense and show respect the views of local residents and MVDC; NT never bothered to reply. Sheer arrogance!
    Older residents will remember that there was previously a camp site on the same field at Polesden. It was not viable and fell into disuse but the current management are too pig-headed to look over their shoulders. I hold them in utter contempt.
    D.J. King

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