Stately homes in Norfolk

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Stately homes in Norfolk

February 11, 2022      By Ian

If you’re staying at Swallowdale Holiday Home, you’ll want to check out some of the most historic Stately homes in Norfolk.

Home to some of the finest country estates in Norfolk, historic homes, stately estates, astounding houses and beautiful gardens. With fascinating history, many of which have been preserved.

Holkham Hall

Holkham Hall is one of the most impressive historic houses in England. It is located just a few miles from Wells Next The Sea and is surrounded by acres of beautifully landscaped parkland. Holkham Hall has a fascinating history dating back to the 18th century when it was built for the first Earl of Leicester. Today, Holkham Hall is still very much a family home, where the family take great pride in sharing their stunning home with guests.

The Marble Hall, with its 50ft pressed plaster dome ceiling is a spectacular hall. With stairs leading to the impressive staterooms, where you will see an unbelievable collection of original furniture, paintings and tapestries.

Holkham Park

Holkham Park is a great place to take a picnic and explore the wonderful parkland, historic buildings and wildlife of this ancient estate. A number of walks and cycle routes are marked out for guests to see some interesting parts of the park and its surroundings and provide you with some great photo opportunities.

Holkham Hall Deer

Deer are certainly a breathtaking sight to see in Holkham Park. Keep at least 50 metres away when you're observing them. They are wild animals and should be respected as such. Be especially careful around the rutting season (mid-October to early November).

Ropes Course

You'll see Holkham from a whole new perspective during your adventure in the treetops. You'll tackle wobbly crossings, swing bridges and zip wires, all with your harness on, as you explore the park from a new angle.

Woodland Play Area

The woodland play area is the ideal place for your child to let their imaginations run wild. Let them climb the wooden climbing frames, play in the sandpits, slide along the slides, play in the treehouses and zip down the zip wires. There’s even a Woodland Cafe where parents can relax and enjoy a cup of tea while supervising the fun.

Blickling Hall

Blickling Hall is a part of the Blickling estate and is a stately home. The village of Blickling is located 2 miles north of Aylsham in Norfolk.

Blickling Hall History

Blickling Hall was originally built in the 14th century, and it's believed that Anne Boleyn was born here in the 16th century when the estate was owned by the Boleyn family. The current house was built in 1616, on the ruins of the original house. There are three ghosts who allegedly roam the house and grounds here, one of them being Anne Boleyn. Blickling Hall was used as the Officers Mess from nearby RAF Oulton during World War 2. The Estate is now in the hands of the National Trust.

Blickling Hall Gardens

Blickling Hall gardens are huge, an extensive area of parkland and woodland areas. You can walk or cycle around the gardens at your leisure. There are purpose-built tracks for cycling and many colour-coded signs to follow around the park if you fancy walking. You could easily spend a whole day here, so why not take a picnic with you!

Fishing at the lake in front of the Hall is allowed between the 1st of July and the 15th of March. Tickets are available for purchase at the machine in the car park. You will find Bream, carp and pike among many other fish when fishing in these beautiful surroundings.

Dogs are not allowed in the house or formal gardens but are allowed in the park and the courtyard.