Purchased in 1609 by Sir Edward Coke, the Holkan Estate is home to the magnificent 18th Century country house, Holkham Hall. Built in the Palladian style, this building’s façade is one of England’s finest incorporations of Ancient Greek and Roman temple design. Set in the astonishing 25,000 acre Holkham Estate, Holkham Hall cuts an impressive figure itself and is well-known as a popular visitor attraction.
Holkham is so unique and grand that it is a member of the Treasure Houses group which comprises 10 of the most breathtaking castles, palaces and houses in England. Impressive on the outside, this structure is just as breath-taking inside.
When you enter the Marble Hall you won’t be able to avoid looking up straight away as the ceiling rises to the phenomenal height of 50 feet! Make sure you don’t explore entirely with your head in the clouds because you won’t want to miss the statues that are placed in alcoves along the walls.
The statue theme is continued throughout the house and the Statue Gallery is a real highlight. The niches that house each statue were actually tailor-made to fit them.
From here, wander through to the libraries. Taking up half of the area of the Family Wing’s first floor, they are well worth having a look at. Known as the Classical, Manuscript and Long Library, they contain thousands of books and promise to be a treat for literature-lovers and casual readers alike.
Why not venture upstairs to the Green State Bedroom next. The most important bedroom at Holkham, it has played host to numerous Kings, Queens and members of the gentry over the years.
During your visit, don’t forget to take a stroll round the park. Home to Fallow and Red deer, you can walk through the park and observe the flora and fauna at a casual pace. Alternatively, you can go for a bike-ride and expend a bit of energy.
There is so much to see and do at this truly remarkable country house that you will never be bored and you’re guaranteed a unique and highly enjoyable day out.
Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AB.
Tel: 01328 710 227
Opening Times: Hall 1 April – 31 October open on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays 12noon-4pm. Bygones Museum, Walled Gardens, Gift Shop and Stables Cafe 1st April – 31 October open every day 10am-5pm.