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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.
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/Electricals: 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.
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.