Norfolk is one of the UK's most naturally beautiful counties, and has been for centuries. This eastern county has always been one of the most attractive places for those who enjoy the powerful combination of idyllic countryside, a welcoming atmosphere and close proximity to the capital city. The 1st Earl of Leicester certainly thought so when he chose it as the location for his stunning 18th-century Palladian mansion, Holkham Hall. Today the property is the centre of a vast estate which welcomes holidaymakers from all over the world. Situated in peaceful north-west Norfolk, the property is close to some of the region's finest hotels and guesthouses.
A Decadent Exterior
The colossal property of Holkham Hall remains one of the most striking country houses in all of the UK. The mansion constitutes one of the most severe examples of Palladian revival architecture, utilising numerous features of the grand, classical architecture of Ancient Greece and Rome. Holkham Hall is one of only a handful of 'Treasure Houses', a small group of houses, palaces and castles in the UK that are of particular magnificence.
The mansion sits at the centre of a huge estate, of well over 6,000 hectares of farm and parkland. Visitors can join a walking trail, hire a bike or check out the lake.
An Opulent Interior
The inside of the property (which is still occupied by the current Earl of Leicester) is no less opulent than the exterior. Visitors can marvel at paintings, sculptures and furnishings so incredible as to be worthy of academic interest. The route around the house takes visitors from the library, through the chapel, into the statue gallery.
Hotels near Holkham Hall
Holkham Hall sits in the north of East Anglia, giving visitors a choice of some of the best hotels in Norfolk.
Those looking for an incredibly affordable option in Wells-next-the-Sea can find the YHA, which offers astounding value for its idyllic location.
More upmarket options in the area include The Nelson, a traditional four-star hotel in Burnham Market, and Meadow View Guest House, a welcoming B&B in Wighton, a short journey south of Holkham Hall.