Very few of us would have missed the recent royal funeral. And indeed, the former Queen’s
royal estate at Sandringham House here in Norfolk was bedecked with floral tributes after
her death was announced.
A week later, the new Prince and Princess of Wales paid an emotional visit to the
Sandringham Estate to view the public floral tributes. Sandringham is where the Royal family
like to spend Christmas together every year.
The private estate has been home to generations of monarchs over the centuries.
Sandringham Royal Estate consists of a stately home and 8,000 hectares of woodland and
parks. The public is welcome to visit the parkland year-round. There they can enjoy
afternoon tea in the restaurant and browse the artisanal crafts in the gift shop. The public
can view the grand interior of the house's ground floor.
Sandringham isn’t the only stately home in Norfolk. The county has many more impressive
residences in which to spend a whole morning or afternoon. Or even the entire day.
@visitnorfolk: “Our very own Downton Abbeys include Sandringham, the Royal family’s
country retreat, Holkham Hall, Houghton Hall, the home of Britain’s first Prime Minister, and
the National Trust-owned Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall and Oxburgh Hall.”
Blickling Hall & Estate
This beautiful, red-brick Jacobean mansion was the birthplace of Anne Boleyn. During WW2,
its owner Lord Lothian was one of Churchill’s closest aides. Ancient yew hedges frame the
house, and it is famous for its extensive 10,000 book collection. The estate and historic park
measure 4,600 acres. The public is welcome to explore by bike or foot and with their dogs.
A Palladian-style house, built and furnished between 1722 and 1735 for Robert Walpole,
Britain’s first Prime Minister, Holkham Hall is quite simply stunning. It is currently the home
of the Marquess of Cholmondeley and his wife, Rose Cholmondeley. Check out the cabinet
room, staterooms and Marble parlour – all have a beautiful interior design. There’s also the
Marquess of Cholmondeley’s 20,000 model soldiers and militaria to admire.
Featuring embroidery by both Mary Queen of Scots and Bess of Harwick, this famous Tudor
red-brick residence has its own moat. There’s a Victorian French parterre, kitchen garden,
walled orchard and even a Catholic chapel to cast your eye over on a visit. The current
Bedingfeld family who resides there today can cast their residency back 400 years. For
those who enjoy exploring, there are 215 acres of parkland to look through.
With hidden servants passages, grand state rooms and a magnificent collection of
manuscripts to pore over, Holkham Hall is well worth a day’s visit. This stunning example of
Palladian architecture in yellow brick also boasts a Museum. Take a tractor trailer and see
up close the herds of fallow deer that reside in the parkland. There’s an 18th-century walled
garden to admire as well as a mile-long lake with geese. The Hall and estate are located at
Wells-next-the-sea, with a beautiful beach to explore.
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