Hatfield House, Hertfordshire - Built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, First Earl of Salisbury & Chief Minister to James I & has been the home of the Cecil family ever since. An earlier building on the site was the Royal Palace of Hatfield. Only part of this still exists, a short distance from the present house. The older building of the Old Palace was owned by Henry VIII. It was while she was living in the Old Palace, in 1558, that Elizabeth learned of her accession to the throne.
Hatfield House, Hertfordshire Constructed in 1611 under the orders of William Cecil's son, Robert, Hatfield House is within reach of London, and lies adjacent to the site of Hatfield Palace, the childhood home of Elizabeth I. The interior features fine Jacobean furnishings, historical mementos and a collection of more than 10,000 books