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.
Surrounded by countryside with 1,000 years of history to explore, Bury St Edmunds offers visitors award-winning restaurants, fantastic shopping, annual festivals, and a great day out for families. From the magnificent St Edmundsbury Cathedral, and historic ruins of the 11th century Abbey of St Edmund, to the artisan, independent shops surrounding the medieval grid of the town centre.
Further afield visit the ancient university town of Cambridge, only 40 minutes away, take to the water and explore the city by punting tours and relax in the green spaces of one of the many parks. For a day trip, discover the varied and picturesque coastline on the Suffolk Coast. A chance to see the flourishing wildlife which makes Suffolk its home and plenty of walks taking in the beautiful views.
Access: The accessibility guide is for guidance only. For up-to-date information, please call the team on 0344 800 2070.
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: Holiday cottage guests have free entry to all National Trust properties during the period of their stay. Full details in the confirmation email upon booking.
Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm 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).