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The Gardens House, formerly the Head Gardener's residence is in an idyllic setting alongside the walled garden and overlooking the lake at the heart of the imposing 1800 acre Ickworth estate. This informal detached house is the ideal place to unwind, with its open fire and wood burning stove to curl up in front of after long walks and its private, walled rear and lakeside gardens. They are filled with espaliered fruit trees, shrubs and a mulberry tree. What better place to enjoy evening drinks and alfresco meals while overlooking the lake and parkland beyond.
You have direct access to the surrounding parkland throughout your stay, whatever the time of day. Follow the well-marked hiking, running and cycling trails that wrap around the estate, ideal for energetic walks. Along the way if you need a break your dogs will be made particularly welcome at the Porter’s Lodge outdoor café that is set in a glade, the numerous birds at the feeders will keep you entertained.
If you can tear yourself away from Ickworth you will find two village pubs in Horringer, within a mile's walk of the cottage and the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds is just a short drive with the cities of Cambridge and Norwich beyond.
Ickworth has events to appeal to all ages throughout the year. Visit the web pages by clicking on the nearby tab, above, to see full details.
Heating: Gas central heating included.
Parking: Is available for three cars at the top of the drive.
Garden: Totally private, rear walled garden accessed from kitchen lobby and main entrance hall, which is lawned and has espaliered fruit trees, large mulberry trees and small shrubs.
There is a paved area with garden bench and a lower paved area with a table and chairs for alfresco dining. Small screened front garden leads directly to the lakeside which is unfenced in parts.
Offers: Short breaks bookable within 4 weeks of the start date all year at this cottage.
Free entry to Ickworth House and selected other NT properties, during normal opening hours, during their stay, listings in cottage welcome folder.
Please note: Ickworth is a wonderful place to walk, especially with a dog, but we do ask that your dog is kept on a lead at all times on the estate and under effective control. You may wander freely around the parkland and woods, but dogs are not allowed in the Italianate Gardens or inside the buildings (apart from assistance dogs).
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.