Whether it’s a tour of the house, a bike ride or a brisk walk, there’s over 1,800 acres of National Trust parkland for you to explore. Once a fine country home, now a luxury family hotel specialising in child-friendly holidays, The Ickworth is a masterpiece of Italian-inspired architecture.
Today, the East Wing of the house is our luxury family hotel, while the West Wing is a visitor centre and café. Though the building has been updated to provide modern comfort, the house retains its historic charm. In recent years, aided by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Ickworth Lives project led to the restoration of the basements, providing visitors with a fascinating glimpse into life ‘below stairs’ in the 1930s.
While you’re here, treat the house as your home. All guests have exclusive after-hours access to the Italianate Gardens from 6 pm until 9 pm (or dusk during shorter months) via our gate behind the house. Why not take a glass of champagne on a warm evening and soak up the tranquil atmosphere in total seclusion?
There’s plenty to keep children entertained during the day, too. If you’re up for discovering the rest of the grounds, there are over 1,800 acres to choose from. Maps available from reception provide routes ranging from a sedate stroll along the half-mile Lady Geraldine walk to an energetic seven-mile bike ride along Grand Tour. Armed with a GPS device, you can also try Geocaching: a modern-day treasure hunt around the parkland. However you spend it, one thing’s for sure: time at The Ickworth is family time at its best.