Polesdon Lacey

This country retreat has glorious views across the rolling Surrey Hills and acres of countryside.  It was home to famous Edwardian hostess Mrs Greville, who entertained royalty and the celebrities of her time.  Marvel at the glittering Gold Room, designed to impress kings and maharajahs, or Mrs Greville’s extensive collection of art and ceramics ranging from world-famous Dutch old masters to sparkling Fabergé objects.  The gardens also offer something for every season

Distance From Springwood: 15 miles
Find Out More Here:  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/polesden-lacey

Clandon Park

Clandon Park is one of the country’s most complete examples of a Palladian mansion. Built by a Venetian architect for Lord Onslow in the 1720s, the estate has been passed down through generations of this famous family.  Magnificent interiors are faithful to the period, featuring original stucco ceilings and marble fireplaces, the most impressive of which are in the awe-inspiring Marble Hall.

The house contains a superb collection of 18th-century furniture, porcelain and textiles, much of which was acquired by the remarkable connoisseur Hannah Gubbay.

Distance From Springwood:  23 miles
Find Out More Here:  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clandon-park

Hatchlands Park

Hatchlands Park was built in the 1750s for naval hero Admiral Edward Boscawen and his wife Fanny. They gave architect, Robert Adam, one of his first interior design commissions. His work can be seen throughout the house, particularly in ceilings and fireplaces.

Today the mansion is a family home, containing tenant Alec Cobbe’s collection of paintings and fine furniture. Also on display is the Cobbe Collection, Europe’s largest collection of keyboard instruments associated with famous composers including JC Bach, Chopin, Elgar and Bizet.

Situated on the edge of the beautiful Surrey Hills and surrounded by charming villages it has over 400 acres of parkland, partly landscaped by Humphry Repton and is one of the largest country estates in the area.

Distance From Springwood:  20 miles
Find Out More Here:  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hatchlands-park

Sheffield Park

The garden is a horticultural work of art formed through centuries of landscape design, with influences of ‘Capability’ Brown and Humphry Repton. Four lakes form the heart of the garden, with paths circulating through the glades and wooded areas surrounding them. Each owner has left their impression, which can still be seen today in the layout of the lakes, the construction of Pulham Falls, the planting of Palm Walk and the many different tree and shrub species from around the world.

Distance From Springwood:  20 miles
Find Out More Here:  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheffield-park-and-garden

Chartwell (Home of Winston Churchill)

Chartwell was the much loved family home of Winston Churchill, now in the care of the national Trust, the property reflects the career and interests of this great statesman, writer, painter and family man. Enjoy the hillside gardens evoking Churchill’s love of nature and the landscape through visiting the lakes, Lady Churchill’s rose garden, the kitchen garden and Marycot a playhouse created especially for Churchill’s youngest daughter.

Distance From Springwood:  21 miles
Find Out More:  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell

Nymans

In the late 1800’s Ludwig Messel bought the Nymans Estate in the High Weald to make a dream family home.  Inspired by the wooded surroundings, they created a garden with plants collected from around the world. Here this creative family entertained friends and family, enjoyed relaxing, playing and picnicking in the garden and woods. Today it is still a garden lovers’ home – a place to relax all year round and enjoy a peaceful country garden.  The house was partially destroyed by fire in 1947, and the romantic ruins of a fairytale gothic mansion remain. Nymans is one of the National Trust’s most eco-friendly properties and aims to inspire a more sustainable way of living.

Distance From Springwood: 11 miles
Find Out More:  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nymans

The Priest House

The only one of its kind open to the public, this beautiful 15th century Wealden hall house stands in a traditional cottage garden on the edge of the Ashdown Forest in picturesque West Hoathly.
The house was owned in turn by Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell, Anne of Cleves, Mary I and Elizabeth I. It is now furnished with 17th & 18th century country furniture and domestic objects while the garden is planted with over 170 culinary, medicinal & household herbs. The resident curator gives fascinating tours of the house and garden if requested.
Distance From Springwood:  10 miles
Find Out More:  www.sussexpast.co.uk/properties-to-discover/the-priest-house

Standen

A late Victorian family home brought vividly to life in this gem of the Arts & Crafts Movement.  Standen is hidden at the end of a quiet Sussex lane with breath-taking views over the High Weald and Weirwood Reservoir.

The design of the house is a monument to the combined genius of architect Philip Webb and his friend William Morris. All the big names of the Arts & Crafts period are represented, including ceramics by William De Morgan and metalwork by W. A. S. Benson.  The beautiful hillside gardens provide year-round interest; the woodlands, a number of easily accessible walks.

Distance From Springwood:  10 miles
Find Out More:  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/standen

Wakehurst

The National Trust’s most visited place. Open all year round, Wakehurst is the country estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and is a particularly wonderful place to visit in Winter and Spring.

The varied landscape is of international significance for its beautiful botanic gardens and tree collections, as well as for its science-based plant conservation and research.

A feast for the senses, Wakehurst features natural woodland and lakes, formal gardens, an Elizabethan house (five unfurnished rooms) and the 21st-century architecture of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank.

Distance From Springwood:  10 miles
Find Out More:  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wakehurst-place

Claremont

Claremont Landscape Garden in Esher is a green oasis in the heart of Surrey and open daily throughout the year so just perfect for a day out.

Once a Dukes’ retreat and a playground for princesses, Claremont is now owned by the National Trust and it is the perfect place to escape everyday life and enjoy simple pleasures with family and friends.

Distance From Springwood:  30 miles
Find Out More:  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/claremont-landscape-garden