Norfolk, NR23 1AB
This historic house boasts stunning examples of 18th century architecture and an enviable collection of art.
Based on designs by William Kent, the Palladian style mansion was built by Thomas Coke, the 1st Earl of Leicester between 1734 and 1764. Coke's vision of an 'Italian villa on the north Norfolk coast' is a reflection of his appreciation of classical art, developed during a six-year-long Grand Tour of Europe.
To this day it is still a lived-in family home and is occupied by his descendants.
The state rooms are home to collections of ancient statuary, original furniture, tapestries and an impressive series of paintings by the likes of Rubens, Van Dyck, Claude, Gaspar Poussin and Gainsborough.
Holkham Hall's library, statues, paintings, manuscripts and furniture are a major source for academic research and have been loaned to galleries and museums in Italy, Germany, England, Japan and America.