Houghton Hall & Gardens Norfolk

Houghton Hall is a country house in the parish of Houghton in Norfolk, England. It is the residence of David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley.
It was commissioned by the de facto first British Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, in 1722, and it is a key building in the history of Palladian architecture in England. It is a Grade I listed building surrounded by 1,000 acres of parkland a few miles from Sandringham House.
The house has a rectangular main block which consists of a rustic basement at ground level, with a piano nobile, bedroom floor and attics above. There are also two lower flanking wings joined to the main block by colonnades. To the south of the house there is a detached quadrangular stable block.
The exterior is both grand and restrained, constructed of fine-grained, silver-white stone. The Gibbs-designed domes punctuate each corner. In line with Palladian conventions, the interiors are much more colourful, exuberant and opulent than the exteriors.
The park surrounding Houghton Hall was redesigned in the 18th century by Charles Bridgeman.
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