|Houghton Hall Norfolk|
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In 1727 Norfolk man Sir Robert Walpole became Britain's first Prime Minister. He built and furnished Houghton Hall to reflect his position at the heart of the British state.
The Hall's opulently-furnished rooms are rich with beautiful paintings, statues and tapestries collected from across Europe - truly a feast for the eyes.
The marvellous Palladian house, the work of architects James Gibbs and Colen Campbell was complimented by the superb interiors of William Kent and opulently furnished to reflect Walpole's status. You can also visit St Michael's Church and the handsome stable block which houses the restaurant and gift shop.
There's also a museum with one of the largest collections of model soldiers in the world and recreations of entire battle scenes including the Battle of Waterloo.
Extensive gardens include the restored award-winning, five-acre walled garden, a parterre with over 150 varieties of English rose and a spectacular double-sided herbaceous border. Houghton Hall's park and gardens are set in 350 acres of fine parkland, home to a herd of over 1000 white fallow deer.
The 7th Marquess Cholmondeley has restored Houghton Hall to its former grandeur retaining many of its original furnishings.