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This one and a half storey late Georgian Grade II listed gatehouse has remained largely unaltered for the last two hundred years. The recent renovations have been very much in keeping with the original style of the building which has now been equipped with modern conveniences to ensure a comfortable stay. The kitchen features free standing cupboards reflective of the style of the early 1900s which the Ickworth Lives project has been based on. Other touches include an old fashioned Belfast sink and an Everhot oven, similar to an Aga, the traditional red clay tile flooring of the area can be seen throughout much of the downstairs.
The ground floor rooms offer space to relax and escape daily life, much as Ickworth acted as a bolthole for the Hervey family. The beautiful oriel windows and dormer first floor provide much of the external character of this cottage which has an enviable location on the Ickworth estate but also being in the heart of Horringer next to the village green, just a short distance to the pub and within hearing of the local church bells.
Ickworth’s impressive Rotunda houses a magnificent display of priceless treasures belonging to the 4th Earl of Bristol and is well worth a visit. There are plenty of well-marked walking and cycling trails that wrap around the estate ideal for getting out and exploring the parkland. Approximately four miles away is the historic market town of Bury St. Edmunds and a little further afield, perhaps visit Wicken Fen, one of Europe’s most important wetlands which demonstrates conservation in action and provides the opportunity to see an abundance of wildlife or Sutton Hoo, the 7th C Anglo Saxon burial site which laid undiscovered until a 1930s ‘vision’ led to the richest ever burial ship discovery in Northern Europe.
The principal cities of Cambridge and Norwich are both within driving distance of the cottage.
Heating: Oil central heating is included.
Parking: There are 2 parking spaces on the driveway to the side of the cottage, there is also an unloading bay in front of the cottage.
Garden: The cottage is surrounded by garden, although the main garden is to the rear of the building and can be accessed from the back hall. The area is largely lawn with various shrubs and trees
Children: The cottage has a steep and winding flight of stairs and there is a pond behind the 5ft fence in the corner of the garden.
Television: Due to the cottage location there is no TV reception however we do provide a TV which can be used with the DVD player.
Offers: Guests will be able to enjoy Ickworth Park after hours and Ickworth House and Italianate garden's during opening hours. Guests can also enjoy free access to a number of other properties in the East of England - full details can be found in the cottage welcome folder.
Please note: Due to the style of the building, both bedrooms are in the eaves so have a restricted height and sloping ceilings. The stairs are steep and winding.
Cottage is located at the entrance gate for Ickworth House, Park and Hotel so please be aware that the drive is in frequent use and due to livestock in the park has a cattle grid at the entrance.
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.