It felt like we had traveled to a faraway place– not somewhere that would be within an hour’s walk from our house. Amazing! I never posted pictures from that time, but we went again last weekend, and now I can show you the grounds.
Here’s the gate at the back of the property– it’s just a beautiful woodland!You can read the full story of the Ickworth House and all 1,800 acres of property now under the care of the National Trust here and here. Read all about the eccentric 4th Earl of Bristol, who commissioned an Italian- inspired building and gardens here. I will mostly just show you pictures of the gorgeous grounds!
I love this sign for Lady Katharine’s Wood. If only all young women had a wood of their own… It sounds so Jane Austen, doesn’t it? In case you hadn’t noticed, we have a real fondness for hanging out in the forest. We could have spent the day in this area, just poking around, noticing things like leaves and fungi.But we kept walking– there was so much ahead of us to see!I couldn’t help but think of Christopher Robin and the Hundred Acre Wood…
We soon came out of the woods and were rewarded with huge, beautiful fields and hundreds of grazing sheep. By the way, the little pink house on the left above is available for rent!And there’s the Ickworth house, in the distance!We took our time getting there, though– there was so much to enjoy along the way.Here’s the part I love the most: There is a huge area of land dedicated to gardens, orchards, and vineyards.
We’ve tasted the wine from this vineyard, and it’s really nice! The couple who has been making wine from these vines told us that their lease is ending soon, so I wonder what the National Trust will choose to do with this vineyard next. Something special, I hope!By the way, this is the view opposite the gardens, orchard, and vineyard:It’s just too much, isn’t it?!
Speaking of too much… How about all of these autumn colors outside of the keepers’ cottage?OK, onto the actual Ickworth House! This is the back, where they have planted an italianate garden. It’s really beautiful, but we couldn’t go through it, since there was a wedding taking place at the time.And here is the front.So beautiful and interesting! Since we had come through the back way, and hadn’t paid admission, we didn’t try to walk through the inside and check out the exhibits. But– I think we’ll go back tomorrow, buy a National Trust membership, and see the working kitchens downstairs, with service reenactments! Crossing my fingers that we can go, and that I can get some great pictures for you.Sigh… It was all so gorgeous. As evening approached, it got cold so fast, and so we briskly walked to back through the fields and woods to our car. It was such a full day out, just a five minute drive from home! I hope you enjoyed coming along with us through pictures.
Have you found any “backyard surprises” in your area?