Stunning Historic Buildings to Explore During Your Norfolk Stay
During your Norfolk cottage holiday, set some time aside to visit and enjoy the wealth of historic stately homes and National Trust properties dotted around Norfolk’s remarkable landscape. There is a range of mansions, estates and halls for you to see, and below we’ve listed the few we think that should definitely be on your to-visit list while you’re in the area.
1. Blickling Hall (North Norfolk)
History lovers will be enamoured of this Jacobean masterpiece, which was once described as one of the most romantic houses in England. This hall has an incredible collection of paintings, sculptures and tapestries, and its picturesque grounds are an ideal location for a family picnic. It is encompassed by a moat and 950 acres of woodland and parkland, which are filled with bluebells and wild flowers. If you find yourself falling in love with this stately home, you will be pleased to know that the hall can even be used to host weddings.
2. Oxburgh Hall (South-West Norfolk)
This 15th century manor house is surrounded by 70 acres of beautiful grounds, with a walled garden and an ornamental woodland to explore. The house has a Tudor exterior with a Victorian interior. Inside are the famous ‘Oxburgh Hangings’, green velvet hangings embroidered by Mary Queen of Scots during her captivity. To top off your experience, climb up to the roof to enjoy the amazing view of the Norfolk countryside.
3. Felbrigg Hall (North Norfolk)
Felbrigg Hall, nestled in 520 acres of woodland, is a 17th century house known for its Jacobean architecture and the Georgian interior. It’s a great place for a family trip and for enthusiastic ramblers, with stunning scenic walks and a range of wildlife to spot as well as the orangery, orchards and a walled garden. Inside, there is an incredible gothic library and great hall, as well as stunning stained glass windows.
4. Holkham Hall (North-West Norfolk)
Located on the North Norfolk coastline, Holkham Hall dates back to 1750 and is a wonderful destination for art lovers. Inside is an impressive collection of Old Master paintings and classical statues in the marble hall, as well as a Bygones Museum featuring vintage cars, household gadgets, agricultural tools and Victorian toys. Outside, children will love the woodland adventure play area, as well as the deer park that is open every day.
5. Houghton Hall (North-West Norfolk)
This country house was built between 1722 and 1735 for Sir Robert Walpole, the first Prime Minister in English history. If you take a day trip to the hall, remember to enjoy the soldier museum, home to the largest collection of model soldiers; the Stables Café; the five-acre walled garden and the medieval church.
6. The royal Sandringham Estate (North-West Norfolk)
This is one of the county’s most famous landmarks and is definitely not to be missed. Queen Victoria purchased Sandringham hall in 1862 for Edward VII as a present for him and his new bride Princess Alexandra. The hall is now home to Queen Elizabeth II but the ground floor suite of rooms, still regularly used by the Royal Family, is open to visitors, where people can enjoy royal collections of ceramics, art, armour and a museum of royal memorabilia. Other buildings on the ground include York Cottage, Anmer Hall and Appleton House. Outside there are 60 acres of beautiful royal garden walks to be had, with rockeries and streams among the woodland as well as an adventure play area and climbing wall to entertain the children.
7. Mannington Hall and gardens (North-East Norfolk)
This medieval moated hall is open by appointment, and visitors can enjoy the rose gardens, wildflower meadows and woodland gardens as well as the tea rooms that serve locally-sourced food and delicious treats. If you’re taking your dog with you on your cottage holiday, you can even take them along with you to Mannington Hall, as long as they are kept on leads at all times. For children, there is a play area with a willow tunnel, climbing frame and toys.
For the perfect place to rest and relax while exploring Norfolk, get in touch with the BimbleBox team. We can help you find the perfect Norfolk cottage holiday.