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Keeper's Cottage


Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

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This spacious Victorian farm house, with its many original features has the atmosphere of a true family home. The building that started life as the dairy for the Ickworth estate is cosy, light and airy. It has a large private walled garden that is perfect for children to play in and for outdoor dining.

It sits alongside a working farm surrounded by the 1800 acres of Ickworth’s formal gardens, park and woodland. The estate is crisscrossed by an extensive network of well-marked hiking, running and cycling trails, encouraging you to explore. At the heart of the estate is the impressive Ickworth house featuring a unique central 'rotunda' built by the 4th Earl of Bristol to show off priceless treasures.

The grounds are yours to discover throughout your stay, you just have to decide how - fun filled evening picnics and epic games of ‘hide and seek’ or maybe some star gazing. As well as the cafe's and restaurants on the estate, if you can tear yourself away you will find two village pubs in Horringer, within a mile's walk of the cottage. The historic market town of Bury St Edmunds is just a short drive with the cities of Cambridge and Norwich beyond.

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
Entrance hall, utility room, lavatory, kitchen/diner, small sitting/garden room, large sitting room with open Victorian fireplace.
First floor
Three bedrooms (1 twin, 1 double with 6' double which can be a twin on request and en-suite shower room, 1 double with 5' bed) bathroom with bath and separate shower.
Visitor notes

Heating: Gas central heating.

Parking: For up to three cars in an area adjacent to the cottage.

Garden: An enclosed private garden with a large lawn and borders.

Celebrations: For larger celebrations this cottage can be internally linked to Carpenter's Cottage next door, to become a large five bedroom house.

Storage: Cycle storage provided.

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

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

The cottage is close to the working farm where the park sheep are penned and handled. Lambing time is usually March/April.

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

The cottage can be linked to neighbouring Carpenter's Cottage therefore sleeping a total of 10 people.

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


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

  • Yau
    • April 2016
    • ...
    Warm, spacious cottage

    We particularly enjoyed our warm and spacious cottage and the location in the grounds of the Ickworth Estate. We really loved hearing the sounds of sheep and lambs all around us and the really liked scenery on the estate as well as the beautiful Ickworth House itself. We also liked the fact that there were well-marked cycle trails for our 5 year-old-daughter and access to the onsite wooden playground (even after hours when all the visitors had gone home). Finally, we were pleased to discover that you could buy a weekly pass to the indoor pool in Ickworth Hotel at a reasonable cost.

  • Anonymous
    • March 2016
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    Made enjoyable...

    It was lovely to know that we were guaranteed a warm, comfortable stay in lovely surroundings to celebrate my husbands 60th birthday with family. The welcome tray was very much appreciated too! We all enjoyed the variety of walks in beautiful surroundings. Our only disappointment was that we were a week too early to visit the house!

  • Butcher
    • December 2015
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    Made enjoyable...

    Lovely, big, homely, relaxing cottage. Our friends and ourselves thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.

  • Sara Walker
    • December 2015
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    Made enjoyable..

    Keepers Cottage is a lovely cottage in a very tranquil area with lovely walks. Ickworth House is really worth a visit and very interesting.

  • Anonymous
    • February 2015
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    Exceeded expectations

    It exceeded expectations in many ways - it was quiet and comfortable and we didn't want to leave! The cottage was fabulous and the surroundings were great. It'd be wonderful to know you'd be able to use the pool and bicycles that are at the hotel without any problems. A formal arrangement should be reached even if it means a payment. I think people would be happy to do it especially if they are staying with children.

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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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