|Holkham Hall Norfolk|
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A spectacular example of English Palladian style in local yellow brick 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. Holkham Hall is privately owned and a lived-in family home. As well as Viscount Coke and his family, two other families live here throughout the year and although the house is closed to the public in the winter, it is never empty or idle.
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'. The 18th century walled gardens are in the third year of a five-year project to sensitively restore them to their former glory. A great chance for you to see the amazing restoration work in progress and buy a plant or two. The park is a sanctuary for wildlife.
Adjacent to the Hall, in the former laundry and stables block, are the Gift Shop and Stables Café also the Bygones Museum which is housed in the stable block built by the second Earl in the 1850s to accommodate the carriages, carriage horses and riding horses of visitors to the Hall, but which, with the arrival of the motorcar, gradually fell into disuse. Here you can step back in time, relive memories and learn how people once lived, what they used and how inventive they were.