This year we are testing out our Compass Casita caravan, visiting all the Treasure Houses of England and staying in nearby Camping and Caravanning Club Sites.
This trip, we visited Holkham Hall on the stunning North Norfolk Coast, staying at the Camping and Caravanning Club Site that is within the grounds of another impressive stately home, this time belonging to the Queen: Sandringham.
The Coke family still lives in the Holkham ‘House’, and so despite the usual impressive stately home, features, such as grand entrances, staterooms with large paintings, and statues everywhere, there was a touch of homeliness to some of the rooms with typical family photos and a touch of a more modern feel.
Mind you, Thomas Coke is the Earl of Leicester, and so it’s not your usual family home!
Admiring Holkham Hall as we stop on our bikes
Holkham Hall is another impressive Treasure House we visited while doing the #5CChallenge.
Watch out! Tom is driving the tractor!!
The living room was more homely than stately
Anyone for tea?
A grand bed
As you know, we're probably more at home outdoors - and our kids love to run wild and explore. The Holkham grounds were quite extensive and proved a great spot for doing just that.
Holkham House is set in an impressive landscaped grounds, with deer roaming freely.
When we visited it was the end of October, and so the stags were rutting.
Lots to explore in Holkham Hall’s grounds
Lots of old trees - great for Tom to play hide and seek!
Deer roam around the grounds
The old ice house - luckily these days ice cream is readily available in the shop and cafe!
A view back to Holkham Hall
The walled garden - or should that be 'fenced'?!
A little way from the house is the Walled Garden. As we were visiting in Autumn, the walled garden was impressive but not at its best, as you would expect for that time of the year.
The grounds offer good walks to stretch the legs, especially if you walking from the house to the walled garden.
If this is a bit far for you, or you are running short on time to see everything (as we were), then you can hop onto one of the buggies that carry people around the grounds.
Sitting on the back of the buggy was great fun.
Refreshments and Field to Fork
There is an exhibition called Field to Fork, which shows the journey of food from the fields to our plates, both then and now - and how Holkham's farming side of the business works.
There’s also a great cafe there providing refreshments.
Refreshments at Holkham Hall
Another way to get around the Holkham estate is to hire bikes.
They have adult bikes, child bikes, bikes with tagalongs, and bikes with child seats. Helmets are provided too (free of charge), and the staff very helpful with route suggestions.
Take advantage of the bike hire at Holkham Hall
We all hired bikes and pedalled off to Holkham Beach.
The wide and long Holkham beach
Just down from Holkham House, and accessed through lovely pine trees is Holkham Beach. An impressive vast expanse of sand dotted with sand dunes - voted one of the best in the UK... at least it is when the tide is out.
Cycling down to the shoreline was great fun
Soft sand was hard to pedal on
Holkham beach goes on for miles
Cycling late into the afternoon
Sun is getting lower in the sky
Lots of sand dunes on Holkham Beach
Although the sand was a bit too soft for bikes in a few places, it was mainly firm. It was great fun paddling along the shoreline and not something we were expecting to do at a Treasure House!
Getting in Touch with Holkham Hall:
Here's how you can get in contact with Holkham Hall.
Where to find Holkham Hall:
Sat Nav Postcode: NR23 1RH
Latitude: 52.9558105, Longitude: 0.8143967
Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB.
16.4 miles away
Sandringham Camping and Caravanning Club Site, The Sandringham Estate, Double Lodges, Sandringham, Norfolk, PE35 6EA
If you're looking to holiday in the North Norfolk area, check out Elddis' Top 10 guide to what to see and do!