Built by Britain's first prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole, and completed in 1735, Houghton Hall is one of the finest and best preserved 18th century houses in Europe and is, without a doubt, one of England's hidden gems
Sir Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford, who was to became first Prime Minister of Great Britain, was born in 1676. He won a scholarship to Eton following that by going to Kings' College, Cambridge. He was only twenty-four when his father died and he inherited a modest Restoration house and medium sized estate at Houghton, near King's Lynn. He became the first de facto British Prime Minister in 1727, and held that position until 1742. During his time in high political office he determined to build an impressive new mansion filled with magnificent treasures at Houghton
The Houghton gardens received the “Garden of the Year Award” from Christies and the Historic Houses Association in recognition of the renovation of the 5-acre walled garden which began in 1991. The former kitchen garden had fallen into a state of disrepair and Lord Cholmondeley was keen to restore it as a memorial to his grandmother. An area for productive kitchen garden has been retained, the large part of the garden has been laid out as a series of ‘ornamental gardens’ in various styles.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015