An exclusive and luxurious Grade II-listed couples' retreat, set on North Norfolk's elegant 25,000-acre Holkham Estate.
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedroom: 1
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights

You’ll feel like the lord and lady of the manor just as soon as you arrive at Palmers Folly, a sumptuous retreat for two set on the famed Holkham Estate.

Surrounded by grazing deer, rolling greenery and soothing woodland, it’s no surprise that the 25,000-acre estate is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty…and you may just feel that the interiors at Palmers Folly merit the same description!

A former gatehouse, the ground-floor studio space is generously open-plan and immediately inviting, with a crackling wood-burner to warm your evenings, and a welcome pack bursting with goodies to tempt your palates. Meanwhile, the décor is tasteful, and the furnishings beautifully stylish – a more ideal setting for a relaxing country break is hard to imagine (better still, you can even bring the dog along, too).

You’ll find the kitchen equipped with those holiday essentials, including a toaster, kettle, fridge, and of course, crockery and cutlery (though you might feel that the nearby Victoria Inn, Courtyard Café, or Wells Beach Café are better choices for dining, especially when you’ll be receiving a holiday discount for all three!)

When it’s time to turn in, simply wander along to your downy, beautifully dressed kingsize bed – complete with an elegant ensuite shower room.

In between times, the lawned garden area is perfect for sitting with your loved one and chatting about life and love, whether that’s over morning coffee or evening bubbles. Though if you’re not in the mood for chatting, the daily newspaper or a ‘must read’ book can be just as good company!

If you’re in the mood to roam, you could begin by wandering through those amazing Holkham Estate grounds. Home to Holkham Hall, you may feel you’ve seen some of the elegant scenery before (and if you’ve watched The Duchess, a 2008 film starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, you have!) There are plenty of woodland trails to explore, and bike hire is available if you prefer to whizz along on wheels.

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At a glance

  • An exclusive couples’ retreat, set within the grounds of the famed 25,000-acre Holkham Estate, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by the North Norfolk Coast.
  • The property is a studio space, all on ground level with no stairs. Up to two well-behaved dogs are welcome.
  • Your stay includes a pass for free parking at nearby Holkham and Wells beaches, and parking in Wells, with discounts at the on-site gift shop and café, entry to Holkham Hall and the Walled Garden, as well as a selection of other attractions.


  • Adults Only
  • Dog Friendly
  • Seaside Breaks


Former gatehouse, elegantly restored as an exclusive couples’ retreat. Open-plan studio space on one level: lounge area with two comfortable armchairs, Freeview TV, wood burner with logs, kitchen area with toaster, kettle, fridge and freezer compartment, crockery, cutlery and glasses, bedroom area with kingsize bed, ensuite with washbasin and WC, separate shower room. Exterior: lawned garden, driveway parking for one car. Heating, logs, towels, bed linen and welcome hamper provided.

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, woodland, nature trails, birdwatching, beaches, coastal activities, water sports, market towns, restaurants.

More information

Part of your stay includes a pass that entitles you to free parking at Holkham and Wells beaches – so surely it’d be rude not to pay them a visit at least once, particularly if you’ve brought the dog with you? You’ll also receive discounts at the aforementioned eating places, not to mention the estate’s spectacular Walled Garden, open during the spring and summer months.

Away from the estate (though by now you might well be thinking: why leave?) are plenty of shops and cafés to while away some time in, and you can pick up some bargains at nearby Burnham Market.

Whatever you choose, your soul is sure to yearn for the indulgent comfort of Palmers Folly by evening, so you may not want to stray too far away!

Things to note

Mobile reception is limited. Dogs must be kept on leads whilst exploring the estate grounds. No smoking. Please see more about this property’s Covid-19 measures and FAQs here

Where you'll be staying

Holkham, Norfolk

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