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Norfolk Country Houses

3 October 2021

4 days from £1,495pp

A thrilling opportunity to uncover the rich history of this picturesque county through some of its most magnificent stately homes, in the company of expert lecturer Barbara Peacock. 
  • Visit magical Oxburgh Hall, for 500 years historic home of the Catholic Bedingfields, with Jacobite associations.
  • Enjoy a glass of wine in Holkham’s Marble Hall, one of the grandest and most dramatic of Georgian interiors, and have rare access to historic parts of the collection
  • Experience a private visit to Raynham Hall, Norfolk’s first great classical house, with spectacular interiors
  • Visit Holkham Hall and Houghton, two of Britain’s most magnificent Georgian country house
Holkham Hall and Houghton Hall are two of England’s grandest stately homes in the Palladian style, both still privately owned. With special access visits, this Study Tour will bring to light the treasures in these magnificent country houses. Built for Sir Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester, Holkham Hall was designed by its owner, Lord Burlington and William Kent. Kent first met Thomas Coke while the latter was on his first Grand Tour in Italy; the young Coke had been sent to Italy in the hope that continental art and culture would improve his morality and taste. The plan worked, and by 1714, when Coke met Kent, he was being transformed into a self-professed ‘perfect virtuoso, and a great lover of pictures’. It was this erudite and culturally mature young man who sought to transform his inherited Norfolk estate into a showcase for the remarkable collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and books that he had amassed on his Grand Tour. On the other hand, Houghton Hall was built for Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. Walpole sought to create a house that would reflect his considerable power and status, and provide an appropriate setting for political entertaining on a grand scale. He employed William Kent to design the interior, which was lavishly decorated by the finest craftsmen of the time.
Perhaps some of the impetus for the splendid developments at Holkham and Houghton came from the pre-existing architectural competition elsewhere in Norfolk. We will also sample the delights of Raynham Hall, an early 17th-century house in the Classical style, the Blickling Estate, once the home of the Boleyn family, and Felbrigg Hall, a house of many periods that has evolved following changes in fashion. A thrilling opportunity to uncover the rich history of this picturesque county through some of its most magnificent stately homes.

Your Accommodation

Titchwell Manor Hotel

Titchwell Manor is a Victorian farmhouse which now offers luxurious boutique accommodation. With a variety of rooms across the farm buildings and main house, Titchwell Manor provides a calm and comfortable setting in north Norfolk.