Holkham Hall is the ancestral seat of Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester, and his descendants. As one of the most notable examples of 18th century Palladian revival, which celebrated the symmetrical style of ancient Greece and Rome, its construction lasted a total of 30 years, between 1734 when its foundation was laid and 1764 when the great house was finally completed.
This early blueprint is based on the principal plan of the piano nobile, or first floor, drawn by Matthew Brettingham in 1761. For purposes of understanding what an 18th century country estate might look like to the bones, it’s fantastic. The reception rooms are situated around two courtyards. Wings extend from the heart, comprising the bedchambers and the family’s various private rooms.
Upon close review, Holkham Hall might look familiar to you. The 2008 film, The Duchess, was set on location here. The Great Hall in particular was the setting for many of Georgina’s emotional interludes, including her argument with Charles Grey after she’s returned from their love affair in Bath.
The Salon or Saloon
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