Gardens House

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

At-a-glance details

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Preferred changeover day Friday
  • Minimum stay 3 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 2
  • Acorn rating 4 What's this?
  • Reference 010046

About Gardens House

An idyllic stay on the Ickworth estate with a lakeside garden and homely interior.

Peeping through the mulberry trees, right on the edge of the lake sits this three-bedroom house. It nestles in the heart of the 1800-acre Ickworth estate, alongside its walled gardens and fluffy wildflower meadows. It was once lived in by the head gardener of the estate, and now makes the perfect lakeside retreat, complete with classic furnishings and an open fire. Its highlight though, is its two private gardens; one filled with shrubs and espaliered fruit trees and the other backing onto the lake. 

You’ll have direct access to the parklands, Italianate gardens and Ickworth's impressive Rotunda. Follow the well-marked hiking, running and cycling trails that wrap around the estate. Many events take place here throughout the year, from guided walks to craft workshops, so be sure to see what’s on.

Beyond the estate walls, the village of Horringer, with its two pubs is just a mile and a half away. While further afield, the pretty town of Bury St Edmunds, with its array of shops, cafes, and brewery, is less than four miles away.

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Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair available
  • Microwave available
  • Fridge available
  • Freezer available
  • Dishwasher available
  • Washing machine available
  • Tumble dryer available
  • Telephone available
  • Television available
  • DVD available
  • WiFi* available
  • Open fire / wood burner available
  • Garden not available
  • BBQ not available


Not accessible

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  • 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.    

Notes for guests

Heating: Gas central heating included. 

Parking: Is available for three cars at the top of the drive.

*WiFi: This is now available, but please note that intermittent connection problems can sometimes occur and should not be relied upon. We are pleased to provide free WiFi at this cottage which is supported by BT.

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.

Holiday cottage guests have free entry to selected local National Trust properties during their stay, listings can be found in the cottage welcome folder.

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

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).

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About the Acorn rating

We have applied a 1-5 acorn rating to each cottage to be used only as a guide that covers location, style of interior and facilities you may be looking for. The range runs from 1 Acorn at a more basic level such as Bird How which due to its stunning yet remote location doesn’t have a caretaker through to 5 Acorns at the highest level – such as Shute Barton.

Cottage pricing is not judged on the Acorn rating alone and as all our cottages are of an individual nature we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice.

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