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Gardens House

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

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The Gardens House, formerly the Head Gardener's residence is in an idyllic setting alongside the walled garden and overlooking the lake at the heart of the imposing 1800 acre Ickworth estate. This informal detached house is the ideal place to unwind, with its open fire and wood burning stove to curl up in front of after long walks and its private, walled rear and lakeside gardens. They are filled with espaliered fruit trees, shrubs and a mulberry tree. What better place to enjoy evening drinks and alfresco meals while overlooking the lake and parkland beyond.

You have direct access to the surrounding parkland throughout your stay, whatever the time of day. Follow the well-marked hiking, running and cycling trails that wrap around the estate, ideal for energetic walks. Along the way if you need a break your dogs will be made particularly welcome at the Porter’s Lodge outdoor café that is set in a glade, the numerous birds at the feeders will keep you entertained.

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.

Ickworth has events to appeal to all ages throughout the year. Visit the web pages by clicking on the nearby tab, above, to see full details.

The cottage's layout

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.
Visitor notes

Heating: Gas central heating included.

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

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.

Free entry to Ickworth House and selected other NT properties, during normal opening hours, during their stay, listings in cottage welcome folder.

Cottage details
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Let starts
Friday
Min stay
3
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
Cottage ref
010046
Acorn rating What's this?
4
Features
  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Romantic
  • Railway nearby
  • Garden appeal
Facilities
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge

Nearby

Things to see and do nearby

East Anglia
A beautiful day at Kings Marsh, at Orford Ness. A former salt-marsh, it is now enclosed by river walls and provides habitat for both waders and wildfowl. © 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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Attractions
  • Bury St Edmunds Theatre and musical events
  • Breckland heaths and the Fens
  • Cambridge
  • Newmarket races
  • Suffolk coast.
Activities
  • Bird watching
  • Cycling
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
  • Golf
  • Nature trails.
National Trust places to visit
Ickworth
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

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Mr Neale
    • January 2013
    • Staffordshire
    Private gardens and open fires makes this cottage lovely

    Cottage was outstanding. Cleaned and prepared at an extremely high standard. Very pleased, only had one problem , which was the instructions to get to gardens house was not very clear. We also arrived when it was dark and really struggled to find the house with description given. Apart from that minor detail...all perfect. This cottage is special because of its complete private settings ( of which we crave ) the lake is so stunning to wake up too, and the grounds surrounding the cottage are vast and amazing to walk. Secret little bird sanctuary which is special, along with the private gardens and open fires make this cottage lovely and private, but also romantic..

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  • A non-refundable £10 charge is not included, and will be added to the total price of your holiday to cover the cost of accidental breakages
  • Unfortunately we cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0844 335 1287 or email cottages@nationaltrust.org.uk to enquire about future cottage bookings and reservations.
  • As part of the annual pricing review of all its cottages the National Trust reserves the right to move individual cottages up or down the price bands and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for certain cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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