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The Round House


Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

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The Round House, with its unique appearance and equally fascinating history, was first used as a shooting lodge and then a gamekeeper's cottage. It has been carefully restored to its original appearance using archived information and old photographs; this deceptively spacious house now offers the luxury of modern living tucked away within this wonderfully sheltered setting. Approached via a winding, tree-lined track, the cottage is situated in an enchanting woodland glade not far from the Fairy Lake, on the 1800 acre Ickworth estate. This tranquil setting attracts numerous birds and it is not unusual to wake to find wild deer grazing in the garden.

Ickworth begs to be explored, which is made easy using the extensive hiking, running and cycling trails that wrap around the estate taking in the fine gardens, lakes, woodlands and the impressive Georgian Italianate palace at its heart. Out of hours this remains yours to discover on long dog walks or maybe evening picnics. Click on the nearby tab above for details of events, trails and dining on the estate.

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. A day at the races at nearby Newmarket is also a highlight.

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The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Small entrance lobby, shower room, kitchen/dining room with door leading to the front garden, boot room and sitting room with wood burning stove.
First floor
Three bedrooms (1 large double with 6’ bed, 1 small double with a 5’ bed and 1 twin) bathroom with a curved bath and electric shower over is beyond the dressing area of the small double and can be used as en-suite.
Visitor notes

Heating: Gas central heating included.

Parking: Parking available for three cars next to the cottage.

Garden: The cottage is situated in a woodland glade and deer may graze close by. There is a small area of lawn at the front which is maintained minimally to reflect the undisturbed surroundings.

Utilities: The outside store houses the washing machine and tumble dryer facilities and provides ample space for secure bicycle and equipment storage.

Offers: Free entry to Ickworth House and selected other NT properties, during normal opening hours, during their stay, listings in cottage welcome folder. The parkland surrounding Ickworth is accessible at all times.

Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 12pm.

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
  • Quirky
  • Garden appeal
  • Remote location
  • Unique
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • 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

  • Dr Mitchell
    • February 2017
    • Surrey

    Great location, great space, well presented and comfortable.

  • Mrs Dickinson
    • September 2016
    • Buckinghamshire
    Stay made enjoyable...

    Tranquility. Out of mobile phone contact. Walks . The estate. Dog friendly.

  • Mrs Ham
    • March 2016
    • Dorset
    Made enjoyable...

    Privacy, booklets in the cottage with information and other NT publications. Good kitchen stuff. Lunch at Ickworth and the helpful staff there. Warmth of cottage. Bedding.

  • Anonymous
    • May 2015
    • Unknown
    Friendly staff

    We loved being on the estate and finding lovely walks for the dogs and seeing some of the the wildlife The staff at Ickworth were very friendly and helpful and made the visit special

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