Barefoot Retreats is proud to offer our guests a unique opportunity to stay within the walls of one of East Anglia’s finest and most recognisable Palladian country houses, Holkham Hall. Owned by the Coke family since 1609, the Holkham Estate continues to this day to be a key constituent in the fabric of the local community, with many conservation and agricultural interests still at the heart of its day to day operations.
Over the last 400 years the park has seen many developments and the continuing legacy can still be appreciated by visitors who are able to explore the myriad of habitats to which the estate plays host. Within the 25,000 acre estate you will find the wide expanse of Holkham Beach stretching towards the east and the west, lined with sand dunes, Corsican Pine and Holm Oak. A trip to Norfolk is surely never complete until you’ve explored these wild sands. Beyond this you’ll find wetland grazing for tens of thousands of migratory birds, ancient woodland, parkland herds of Fallow and Red Deer and other livestock.
The estate also continues to have many thriving farming concerns and much of the adjacent countryside and farmland is very productive. The fruits of this labour can be enjoyed in numerous locations around the north Norfolk coast, including the menu at the estate-owned Victoria Inn in Holkham village. More recently, visitors can now interact and learn more of the historical significance of this great agricultural estate and where your food comes from with Holkham’s latest visitor attraction the ‘Field to Fork’ experience.
The Hall, to which guests staying in the Holkham Lodges will be in close proximity, and its immediate surroundings have been nurtured through the last 400 years and the influence of Humphrey Repton and William Kent are keenly felt. Many of the lodges sit within, or are close to, woodland that was planted on an industrial scale in efforts dating back to the 1720s and again in the late 18th century.
To have the estate and its abundant opportunities upon your doorstep is truly a unique chance to experience country living. Guests staying in a Holkham Lodge will be able to take advantage of several benefits including parking passes for the park and beach, 10% discount at the following Holkham businesses – The Victoria Inn, The Beach Cafe at Wells-next-the-Sea, The Courtyard Gift Shop and Café in Holkham park and 10% on standard admission to Holkham Hall, Field to Fork Experience and the Walled Garden during the visitor season from 1st April to 31st October 2017. Please check details of opening of each attraction www.holkham.co.uk/visiting/details/opening-times-prices
As the estate is very much an active enterprise and working environment, guests are asked to abide to a few key requests while staying. It is also to be noted that, due to the nature of these listed properties, that they offer basic kitchen facilities. With this being the case, continental breakfast items are left at the property for you to enjoy on the first morning of your stay.