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Carpenter's Cottage

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

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Carpenter’s Cottage is tucked away within the heart of 1800 acre Ickworth Estate. This spacious Victorian cottage has a light, relaxed and comfortable interior. French windows lead from the sitting room out to a secluded garden, perfect for peaceful alfresco meals.

There is direct access at all times to the fabulous, surrounding park and woodland, made easy to explore with extensive, well-marked hiking, running and cycling trails. There is so much to do on the doorstep you will be able to forget about your car filling your days with adventures such as woodland bike rides, den building and inspecting numerous lakes and ponds for wildlife! Carpenter’s is ideally situated for couples or a family looking for both outdoor and cultural activities.

You have The Ickwoth Hotel minutes’ away and are within walking distance of local village pubs in Horringer village. Bury St Edmunds is less than five miles and the Cathedral cities of Cambridge, Ely and Norwich and also Newmarket races are easily within an hours drive.

If you are looking for further inspiration as to how to fill your days we run events and activities that appeal to all ages throughout the year. Click on the nearby tab, above, to see details at this and other local National Trust properties.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Lobby, kitchen/dining room, sitting room with Victorian open fire.
First floor
two bedrooms (double with 5' bed and twin), bathroom with bath and separate shower.
Visitor notes

Heating: Gas central heating included.

Parking: Parking for two cars in a shared parking area close by. There is a private garden to the front and side of the property.

Storage: Cycle storage provided.

Location: The house is set within parkland which may be grazed by livestock - please ensure all gates are closed.

The approach drive passes a pond which is a short distance from the cottage and is unfenced so children must be supervised.

The cottage is close to the working farm where the park sheep are penned and handled.

Celebrations: For larger celebrations this cottage can be internally linked to neighbouring Keeper’s Cottage, to become a large five bedroom house.

Offers: Holiday Cottage guests have free entry to Ickworth House and selected local National Trust properties during their stay (listings in cottage welcome folder).

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Railway nearby
  • Garden appeal
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge


Things to see and do nearby

East Anglia
A beautiful day at Kings Marsh, at Orford Ness. A former salt-marsh, it is now enclosed by river walls and provides habitat for both waders and wildfowl. © Joe Cornish

The ancient kingdom of East Anglia has preserved much of its unspoilt character, rural landscape, architecture and traditions with attractions ranging from the University city of Cambridge and the Cathedral city of Ely, to glorious, often deserted, sandy beaches, lots of seaside fun, outdoor pursuits and the unspoilt waterways of The Broads. National Trust places in East Anglia are equally varied, ranging from the magnificent Blickling Hall in Norfolk, the impressive rotunda at Ickworth, near Bury St. Edmunds, the elegant Anglesey Abbey, to the dramatic coastline at Dunwich Heath, with its neighbouring RSPB sanctuary and the Anglo-Saxon royal burial site at Sutton Hoo.

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place to visit
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  • Bury St Edmunds Theatre and musical events
  • Breckland heaths and the Fens
  • Cambridge
  • Newmarket races
  • Suffolk coast.
  • Bird watching
  • Cycling
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
  • Golf
  • Nature trails.
National Trust places to visit
Ickworth A Georgian Italianate palace in an idyllic English landscape
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds The only surviving Regency playhouse in Britain
Lavenham Guildhall
Lavenham Guildhall Tudor building in the heart of the remarkably preserved medieval village of Lavenham
Melford Hall
Melford Hall Follow in Beatrix Potter's footsteps at this beautiful Tudor family home
Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve
Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve The National Trust's oldest nature reserve, and England's most famous fen
Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill
Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill Glorious Jacobean-style house with an eclectic collection, within outstanding gardens with a working watermill

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Margaret Hilton
    • November 2014
    • UK
    Shame about the weather!

    We were impressed with the welcome pack inc flowers in this cosy cottage. I particularly welcomed the large twin room as usually these are dark and poky. The cottage was well furnished and warm. Its a pity he weather was so awful.

  • Jane Snell
    • October 2014
    • London
    Nicely decorated

    Being on the ickworth estate is pretty special. Loved the real fire too. Loved the cottage. Beautifully proportioned and very nicely decorated recently. Loved the details such as the Eco cleaning products - which you helpfully left out and the Fairtrade tea! Also some dishwasher tablets left for us to use and enough loo paper. all make it more enjoyable. Also cottage super clean, great stuff.

  • Kate Orpwood
    • January 2013
    • S Yorkshire
    Warm and Cosy Cottage

    On what must have been one of the coldest weekends ever, we were super warm and cosy in this lovely cottage.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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