Raynham Hall, Fakenham, Norfolk
Grade I early C17th house by Sir Roger Townshend with interiors redesigned by William Kent dating from 1725, these were carried out for the second Viscount Townshend, an important political figure at the court of Queen Anne and King George I.
“In all England there are few more beautiful houses than Raynham - and none perhaps, that so perfectly exemplifies all that is best in English domestic architecture in the first half of the seventeenth century. Raynham is not palatial, there is a comfortable, homely feeling about it. It is a house designed not only to be admired, but also to be loved.” John Julius, Viscount Norwich.
Ground floor, some first floor bedrooms including the King’s Bedroom and the Belisarius Room, visitors are welcome to walk round the outside of the house and visit the new garden. Free entry to church and the park near the lake.
Only a home as gracious & elegant as Raynham can host classic Rolls Royces & architectural lovers. Thank you for your hospitality & tour” “I spent a great day here today & it is my unforgettable great memory in my life”... “Ten of us, on an Art Pursuits Norfolk tour, have had a most wonderful afternoon. Can the rest of our visits match up to the beauty of Raynham on a lovely sunny afternoon? Maybe not. Thank you, Alison and Charles, for a fascinating & fun visit”
If travelling in a car turn off the A1065 in East Raynham at the Main Gates, follow the drive down to the house.
If travelling by coach follow take the A1065 to East Raynham, take the turning signposted West Raynham and St Mary’s Church, proceed past St Mary’s Church until you reach the Main Drive and follow signs.
Tea, coffee and biscuits.
No dogs, no photography, no stilettos .
Sorry there is no access due to the many steps up to ground floor and no lift between floors .