Built in the 16th Century for Britain’s First Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, Houghton Hall is one of the finest Palladian Houses in the UK and is today the home to Walpole’s descendent, the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley and his family.
Surrounded by traditional Norfolk parkland, Houghton Hall is a great place to visit during a self-catering holiday to take in the magnificent Stone Hall, Jeppe Hein’s amazing Waterflame and to try and spot the herd of white fallow and other deer roaming the grounds.
Take a walk around the 5-acres of award-winning grounds of Houghton Hall amongst spectacular herbaceous borders, formal rose parterre, Mediterranean garden and kitchen garden as well as the glasshouses, fountains and antique statues. Specifically, keep an eye out for Stephen Cox’s Flask II, Jeppe Hein’s Waterflame and Sir Richard Long’s Houghton Cross.
Displayed in the grounds during the summer months is an impressive collection of contemporary sculptures by world-renowned artists. In previous years works by Stephen Cox, Anya Gallaccio, Jeppe Hein and Phillip King, along with Richard Long, Henry Moore, James Turrell and Rachel Whiteread have all been featured.
There is a fully licensed café and gift shop as well as one of the largest private collections of Soldiers in the world within the Soldier Museum, which holds The Cholmondeley Collection with 20,000 models displayed.