A spectacular example of English Palladian style in local yellow brick Holkham Hall in East Anglia was built by Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester, between 1734-1764 from plans by William Kent. The immense entrance hall, with deeply coved and coffered ceiling supported by towering columns and panelling of English alabaster, is perhaps one of the finest classical rooms in England, modelled directly on ancient Roman buildings. The Grand Tour statuary and art collection, Kent interiors and furnishings and a restored Victorian kitchen all contribute to this ensemble set in a vast landscaped park.
Features: The 3,000-acre park contains a mile-long lake with nature trail, herd of fallow deer, as well as farm and estate buildings by the late 18th century farmer ‘Coke of Norfolk’. Adjacent to the Hall, in the former laundry and stables block, are the Gift Shop and Stables Café. One mile north of the park in Holkham Village are various other Holkham enterprises, The Victoria Hotel and Rose Garden Café, and Holkham Beach & Nature Reserve.
This property offers free access to Historic Houses Association Friends and Members during normal opening hours – please check opening times. The HHA represents 1500 privately-owned historic houses, castles and gardens throughout the UK. These are listed buildings or designated gardens, usually Grade I or II*, and are often outstanding. Many are considered to be iconic symbols of Britain’s unique heritage.
Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB
Tel: 01328 710 227 www.holkham.co.uk