Lonesome Lodge Live!

Guided Walk

This event is now sold out. Please mail Robin Daly to register interest in a future walk.

A charity fundraiser with a difference

Sunday September 5th – 2.00pm

Dorking Museum offers a one-off opportunity to explore the rediscovered site of a wealthy gentleman architect’s idyllic and lavish retreat in the Tillingbourne Valley and to hear its fascinating story.  The tour, in aid of charity, is led by one of the authors of an extensively researched book on the subject and provides exclusive access to many features not otherwise open to the public.  

The imaginatively written and beautifully illustrated book ‘Lonesome Lodge: A lost Palladian villa’ tells the story of wealthy 18th century London merchant and gentleman architect Theodore Jacobsen’s creation of his Palladian dream in a secluded valley, complete with extensive parklands and creative water features.  Its glory was to be relatively short-lived for such an investment of resources, and by the middle of the 19th century it had been dismantled.  But important facets of the landscaping have survived to this day, still drawing visitors to this delightful and tranquil retreat.

Take this opportunity to join Robin Daly and other co-authors of ‘Lonesome Lodge’ for a ‘live’ tour of the estate.  Special access has been arranged to the privately owned features – the site of the house and its environs, the fountain, bridges, chain ponds, ice house and the Tillingbourne waterfall (Surrey’s highest), Brookwick Pond, built as the header pond for the waterfall, and the enigmatic Broadmoor Tower, the tragic final addition to the estate by its last owner, a rogue reverend with a history of womanising, exploitation and bullying.

Robin will lead the tour, revealing the many features of the estate and filling out the historic detail, not only of the property but also of the fascinating and colourful lives of its owners and occupants.

The walk is expected to take around two hours, after which tea and cakes will be served before the trip home.  Only a limited number of tickets is available.  The tour includes a copy of ‘Lonesome Lodge: A lost Palladian villa’, published by the Museum’s Cockerel Press, with the price of the book going to the Museum and the remainder to the UK registered charity Yes to Life, which supports people with cancer.


  • £25 per person including one copy of Lonesome Lodge (value £12)* – sold out
  • £38 per couple (one shared book)* – sold out
  • £5 per child over 5 and under 14 – sold out

* If you already have a copy of this wonderful book, it will make an excellent present for a friend, but a discount of £6 is offered if the book is not required. Please enter the code NOBOOK at checkout.

Please Note: Children must be accompanied and supervised at all times.  Some parts of the walk are very steep and therefore unsuitable for those with infirmities.  Suitable footwear and clothing are advised.  Walking sticks may be helpful.  No dogs.

The walk starts at Broadmoor Car Park, Sheephouse Lane, Wotton, Dorking RH5 6JY.

Dorking Museum, a division of the Dorking Society – Registered Charity No 1107459 dorkingmuseum.org.uk

Yes to Life – Registered Charity No 1112812 yestolife.org.uk

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