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Gardens House


Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

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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.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Entrance hall, sitting room with open fire, dining room with wood burning stove, kitchen, back entrance lobby, utility room and lavatory.
First floor
Three bedrooms (1 double with 6' bed which can be a twin on request, 1 twin bedroom overlooking the lake and 1 master bedroom with 5' bed) three steps down to the bathroom with curved bath and electric shower over bath.
Visitor notes

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).

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
Cottage ref
Acorn rating What's this?
  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Romantic
  • Railway nearby
  • Garden appeal
  • Remote Location
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge


Things to see and do nearby

East Anglia, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire
A view of Blakeney Point landscape, showing the estuary south of the point © 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


Comments from past visitors

  • Mrs Simpkins
    • August 2016
    • Middlesex
    Made enjoyable...

    Lovely location, safe and large garden, plenty of space in property.

  • Anonymous
    • May 2016
    • Unknown
    Glorious setting

    This quirky cottage had the most glorious setting by the lakeside at Ickworth. The gardens well maintained and level walk from the property. Our dog also appreciated the welcome towel/bowl and chew! and the safe enclosed walled garden. The log burning stove was excellent and Wi-Fi essential as no mobile signal. Land line phone appreciated.

  • Mrs Henderson
    • December 2015
    • Sussex
    Clean, comfortable house

    Beautiful location, great walks from the house - no need to use the car after arrival! House clean, comfortable and well presented. The dog bowl, towel and chew as part of the welcome pack was a lovely addition - not seen that at other NT holiday cottages that accept dogs. Friendly and helpful property staff when we visited Ickworth House, café and shop.

  • Miss Gibbs
    • October 2015
    • Herts
    Couldn't fault cottage at all!

    Thoroughly enjoyable - lovely grounds, and cottage couldn't fault it at all.

  • Anonymous
    • April 2015
    • Uknown
    Made special by

    Relaxation and the welcoming feel plus the welcome tea pack a very nice gesture. thank you. A lovely welcoming place very relaxing we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and easy to walk I was only sorry that the dog could not be off the lead more, I appreciate when livestock is around but all the is that necessary.

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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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