Perfect for a quick day trip: approachable by car and carries the familiar charm of English countryside. If we decided to hold our wedding in the UK it’d be definitely on my top five list of venues. For couples who have the budget and fancy the 1800 acres parkland and neoclassical style, they opened the House for wedding ceremonies and receptions in 2006.
Ickworth House’s Rotunda and the Gardens
Ickworth Estate itself is very close to Bury St Edmunds, a tiny market town in Suffolk which I will do a separate post on, but worth mentioning here as can combine the two for a day out – even during the freezing months. Definitely more fun during Spring and Summer though – there’s plenty to do for the little ones just as well as us adults – can enjoy a bit of culture in the meantime. The House was built between 1795 and 1829. Frederick Hervey (The 4th Earl of Bristol) mandated the Italian architect Mario Asprucci to design him a mansion. Unfortunately Hervey died in 1803, therefore the completion of the house was finalized by his successor. Since 1956 the House has been in the hands of the National Trust and the East Wing was given to Marquess of Bristol (also a Hervey). All the way through its existence, this Wing was the property of the Hervey Family, when the 7th Lord of Bristol handed it over to the National Trust in 1998. This Wing now runs as the 27-bedroom Ickworth Luxury Family Hotel.
Unfortunately we were not allowed in because the House itself is not open in Winter months, but they possess an impressive collection of paintings as well as silver pieces, antique Regency furniture and porcelain.
The Ickworth Church – located behind the House walking through the park – is where most of the Herveys were buried – definitely worth the 5 minute walk from the Rotunda.