There’s something magical about Parham House, something you will immediately sense once you get a glimpse of the ivy-covered stone walls of the stately manor house amidst the picturesque scenery, including the historic deer park that’s home to about 350 animals, veteran oak trees and one of the release sites for native Field Cricket in the country.
Built in 1577 to an Elizabethan H-plan it features stunning rooms home to a terrific collection of historic paintings and tapestry as well as original vintage furniture. From the Great Hall to the Long Gallery, there’s plenty to discover inside so make sure you leave plenty of time to explore.
Outside the building the gorgeous Walled Garden awaits you for a stroll through its colourful tapestries of flowers, herbs and ornamental vegetables. The garden has been constantly expanded from the 18th century onwards, currently planted by Parham’s Head Gardeners and you will most likely go into rhapsodies over it when thinking of your holiday back home. Don’t forget to swing by the Garden Shop if you fancy talking some of those quality perennials with you.
Parham House also hosts an atmospheric restaurant, located in the former Tudor kitchen, now called the Big Kitchen, which offers a range of coffees, light lunches and afternoon teas and there are special events taking place throughout the summer – the Garden Weekend in July, the Grow Your Own Festival in August and the Autumn Foraging & Estate Life Day in September – so everything’s set for an unforgettable day out. Dogs are welcome in the gardens.