A dry moat, a remnant of an earlier Tudor house, surrounds this Jacobean masterpiece of a stately home. The house at Blickling has been described as one of the most romantic in England, and for good reason. Blickling was designed by architect Robert Lyminge, who also worked on Hatfield House, for Sir Henry Hobart, a fashionable lawyer. Lyminge also designed a formal garden, which was swept away by a new landscape garden in the late 18th century. Blickling, Aylsham, Norfolk, England, NR11 6NF
Felbrigg hall was the home of the Windham family for 500 years, and stands in a beautiful woodland park. The house was designed by Robert Lyminge, who also designed Blickling Hall and Hatfield House, and features a superb Gothic library and great hall. Felbrigg, Norwich, Norfolk, England, NR11 8PR
Hindringham Hall is a secret gem, a picturesque moated manor house built around 1560 but incorporating a 12th-century moat and monastic fish ponds. The Hall was built by Martin Hastings, a courtier to Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of Henry VIII. Blacksmiths Lane, Hindringham, Norfolk, England, NR21 0QA
A stately Palladian house set in peaceful parkland, the work of William Kent inside and out. A showpiece setting for art, with a wonderful collection of Old Master paintings. The house is set in picturesque landscape gardens and parkland. Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, England, NR23 1AB
Houghton Hall is a magnificent country house built between 1722-35 for Sir Robert Walpole by Colen Campbell and Thomas Ripley. Walpole, the first official Prime Minister in English history, created a neo-classical house in grand Palladian style. The original design for Houghton was drawn up by James Gibbs, but his ideas were substantially altered in the final construction. The Administrator, Houghton Hall, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England, PE31 6UE
A Tudor extravagance approached over a three arched bridge across a moat, through a massive seven-level gatehouse. The interior belies the Tudor exterior, being mostly Victorian. One treasure is embroidery done by Mary Queen of Scots during her long captivity. Oxborough, near Swaffham, Norfolk, England, PE33 9PS
The royal family's country retreat, Sandringham is a lovely country house set in beautiful gardens and surrounded by a large country park. A ground floor suite of rooms is open to visitors, showcasing royal collections of art and ceramics, armour, and personal objets d'art. There are garden walks, a museum of royal memorabilia, and the beautiful parish church with royal monuments. The Sandringham Estate, Estate Office, Sandringham, East Anglia, Norfolk, England, PE35 6EN
Around 8 miles from Spalding The Mansion House Hotel is centrally located on Holbeach High Street within 30 minutes? drive of Boston and Kings Lynn. This Lincolnshire hotel has a restaurant and bar and offers free parking and WiFi.