Stay in a holiday cottage at Ickworth
A popular holiday destination, Suffolk is a region of curiosities, character and great food. Just 3 miles from Ickworth is the historic town of Bury St Edmunds, a hidden gem in the heart of Suffolk. With great food, coastlines and beautiful landscapes all around, it's a great destination for a holiday or short break.
Alongside an idyllic lake in the heart of the estate, Gardens House sleeps six people in cosy comfort. The private garden is a haven, and the door in its high wall offers direct access to the surrounding parkland.
Built to house the head gardener’s family, Gardens House is just a step away from the vast walled garden that fed the Ickworth household across two centuries. Here’s where the estate’s greenest fingers began and ended their day – people like Herbert Coster (head gardener 1892-1936) whose notebook tells us so much about the garden as it was. Today you can fall asleep and awake to the starlight and birdsong he knew.
The fantastical and unforgettable Round House was designed as a prestigious hunting lodge for guests attending estate shoots, offering hospitality with a whimsical tease: is this an Ickworth Rotunda in miniature? Set in a tranquil woodland glade near Fairy Lake, gamekeepers like Richard Howlett, living here in 1871, must have trodden every hidden way on the estate. His son, also Richard, took a very different path. He went to serve in the Royal Household as footman, valet and Personal Attendant to King George V, travelling the world and becoming Superintendent of the King’s Wardrobe in 1911.
Today the Round House is a spacious three-bedroom retreat, sleeping six in stylish comfort. From each window the curved, beautifully-appointed rooms offer different prospects and choices for exploration - though none as unexpected as Richard’s more than a century ago.
Standing squarely inside the mighty entrance to Ickworth Park, Horringer Park Gates is the estate gatekeeper’s lodge. Since the 1820s it has given visitors a first impression of what lies beyond – the great house of one of the nation’s most privileged families. But it does so without the jaw-dropping architectural flamboyance of the neo-Classical Rotunda. Instead, with its lancet windows and their beautiful leaded lights it sits in polite harmony with the parish church next door and the estate village nearby.
Martha Adkin was gatekeeper in 1841 and housekeeper too to a labourer, a school master and possibly foster mother to two unrelated children. One of them, Frederic Vincent, was still living locally in 1911, having worked as an agricultural labourer and gardener.
So many people, from royalty to village children, from estate workers to family guests, have passed these windows. Today they provide the light and airy interiors that make this beautifully equipped two bedroom cottage so special, with views of sweeping parkland on the doorstep.
Until the middle of the last century, this handsome pair of Victorian cottages was where generations of estate carpenters and game keepers lived side by side. Now their work lives on in the beautiful buildings and woodlands of Ickworth. Keeper’s Cottage can sleep six people in three bedrooms. Carpenter’s Cottage has two bedrooms for four people. Today each offers stylish privacy and comfort but with the flexibility to join together as one five bedroomed house for larger groups or families.
The cottages are set in the heart of the working estate with easy access to lots of parkland walks. We can’t allow dogs to stay as the working farm is nearby.
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