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Garden Cottage

Dorking, Surrey

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Garden Cottage is a nineteenth-century detached cottage situated next to the rose garden in the heart of the Polesden Lacey estate. The property has lovely views of the formal gardens and across the picturesque Surrey Hills beyond. It is less than a two minute walk to the main Edwardian house. This is an ideal place for walkers being in an exceptional setting on the North Downs and surrounded by 1,400 acres of National Trust land.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
entrance porch, sitting room with open fire, kitchen/dining room, two bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin en suite with shower over bath) and separate lavatory.
First floor
one bedroom (double with 5' bed) and large bathroom with roll top bath and handset mixer/shower taps.
Visitor notes

Heating: LPG gas central heating included.

Garden: Private gardens surrounding the cottage with two small patio areas.

Approach to cottage: The track up to Garden Cottage has some large potholes in places, especially near the small NT carpark on your left. Please drive slowly over these sections.

Parking: There is parking for two cars next to the cottage.

Telephone: available for local calls.

Accessibility: The bedroom and bathroom are on the ground floor but the cottage may not be suitable for wheelchair users.

Offers: Holiday cottage guests have free entry to Polesden Lacey House and Gardens during open hours. Out of hours they have free use of the croquet courts and access to the gardens.

Free logs are provided for use in the cottage.

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Romantic
  • Railway nearby
  • Garden appeal
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • Accessible for ambulant disabled people
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


Things to see and do nearby

South East England
Looking towards the house at Nymans, West Sussex, across the garden with the Dovecote visible at the edge of the Forecourt. Although the house looks ancient it was designed and built in 1923-5. © John Miller

The dense population of the south-east of England may not make it the obvious choice for a holiday destination, but that's to under-estimate or overlook many of its hidden charms. The Isle of Wight may well be the most obvious holiday destination in the area and the short ferry crossing really does take you to a unique holiday destination. Further east, the scenery is varied yet distinctive with the South Downs rolling down to the cliffs at Beachy Head, the sparsely wooded heathland of the Ashdown Forest and the intricate landscapes of the Weald. Closer to London are some gems which equally deserve a weekend away or longer holiday, including the majestic Thames Valley with its magnificent historic houses and beautiful varied countryside, offering some of the most beautiful scenery in Southern England. Kent, meanwhile, deserves its title of the Garden of England and the National Trust protects some of the best stretches of countryside and many fine houses and outstanding gardens. Apart from houses such as Bateman's, much-loved family home of Rudyard Kipling, the enchanting Bodiam Castle, Petworth House and Park with its sumptuous interiors and rolling parkland, Polesden Lacey on the North Downs and Chartwell, family home of Sir Winston Churchill, the Trust also owns several glorious gardens including Nymans Garden, Sheffield Park Garden and Sissinghurst Castle Garden.

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  • Holiday cottage guests have free entry to the Polesden Lacey house during opening hours and access to the gardens out of hours.
  • Cycling
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Polesden Lacey
Polesden Lacey An Edwardian country estate designed to be the perfect setting for a millionairess hostess to entice royalty, politicians and the best of Edwardian society for entertaining weekends in the country
Box Hill
Box Hill Woodland and open down with wonderful views
Headley Heath
Hatchlands Park
Hatchlands Park 18th-century mansion, with Adam interiors and collection of keyboard instruments, set in parkland
Leith Hill
Leith Hill Woodland, parkland, farmland and open heath with Leith Hill Tower commanding extensive views
Clandon Park
Clandon Park Grand 18th-century Palladian mansion

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Barbara Lee
    • February 2015
    • Essex
    Made special by:

    Lovely flowers Plenty of logs in the cold weather

  • Anonymous
    • February 2015
    • -------------
    Well equipped kitchen

    It was a special weekend with family and the cottage was perfect. We were all very impressed by the welcome tray and flowers in the cottage, the well equipped kitchen and the location and peacefulness of the cottage. Our only negative was that we booked a travel cot, which was hidden in the bathroom. We had brought our own just in case and only read on the second day in the information book that the travel cot was there. If it is booked it would have been nice if the cot had been visible when we arrived.

  • Barbara Skene
    • January 2015
    • London
    Made special:

    Access to Polesden estate before opening and after closing- so special at dawn and dusk with the frost and the winter sun - lovely times to enjoy the space. The flowers and welcome hamper were greatly appreciated - also free logs just outside the cottage. And lots of toilet rolls, kitchen towels etc - we ordered a delivery from ocado and didn't need to go shopping at all during the trip - made all the difference.

  • Kathy White
    • December 2014
    • USA
    Lovely location

    Garden Cottage is beautiful and in a lovely location.

  • Serena Cooper
    • December 2014
    • UK
    Made special:

    Lovely welcoming touches such as the flowers and Christmas decorations The location and homely feel of the cottage

  • Sam Burfoot
    • October 2014
    • Spain
    Ticked all the boxes!

    great family break, the open fireplace made it for us Beautiful cottage ticked all the boxes

  • Hendriks Family
    So cosy, so nice

    We recently stayed a weekend in Garden Cottage surrounded by snow and silence. Our steps in the snow in the garden and on the hill slope, the only special! The Cottage was already after the first visit like feeling coming home. So cosy, so nice. We certainly plan staying there the coming year.

  • Mrs C.P. Tol-Fako
    • The Netherlands
    What a lovely cottage

    Now we understand why it was so difficult to book for a shortbreak; what a lovely cottage! What a great landscape! We had a really great time here, our children loved it also. All the people of the estate we met, were very friendly and helpful. Thank you very much.

  • Betzy Dinesen
    I loved this cottage.

    I loved this cottage. I satyed here with my family and had the best time. I loved playing behide the house it was alot of fun. I loved the layout of the house it was very cosy. the outside was kept to very high standers it looked very beautiful

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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