"HOLKHAM HALL, home of the Coke family and the Earls of Leicester, was built between 1734 and 1764 by Thomas Coke, the first Earl of Leicester.
This Palladian style mansion reflects Thomas Coke's appreciation of classical art developed during his six-year-long Grand Tour of Europe. By the time he returned to Norfolk in 1718, Thomas had bought many valuable and unique manuscripts and printed books, along with many great works of art and statuary...
The house today is little altered from the first Earl's original ideal. During the 1850s, the second Earl added the vestibule on the north side of the house, the stables, offices, orangery and buildings to the east, and the terraced gardens to the south.
Holkham is not a museum. As well as Viscount Coke and his family, three other families live here throughout the year. Although the house is closed to the public in the winter, it is never empty or idle. Its library, statues, paintings and furniture are a major source for academic research. Holkham has loaned paintings, furniture and manuscripts to galleries and museums in Italy, Germany, England, Japan and America. In 1999, Holkham artefacts were featured in 14 major exhibitions".