The Round House, Bury St. Edmunds
If you’re keen to stay somewhere unique with a lot of history, The Round House in Suffolk fits the bill perfectly. As its name implies, it’s a round property – a rotunda cottage, to be exact. It’s located in the woodlands of the vast Ickworth Estate and is a smaller version of the Ickworth House rotunda, which is renowned for its striking design and houses an impressive art collection. The Round House has had quite a colourful past, having served as a shooting lodge before becoming a gamekeeper’s cottage. These days, it welcomes guests from all over for self-catering stays. Its design makes it a rather special property to stay in.
The Round House is nestled in scenic woodlands and is set back from the main part of the Ickworth estate, giving you plenty of peace and quiet throughout your stay. Upstairs there’s a bathroom with a curved bathtub and three bedrooms: a large double, a small double and a twin. Downstairs you’ll find a kitchen/dining area with a door leading to the garden, a living room with a log burner and a shower room. The property is tastefully presented and well equipped, making it an ideal choice for anyone after a hassle-free stay in a building that stands out from others.
During your stay at The Round House, you can explore the grounds of the Ickworth Estate and its impressive buildings. Head to the nearby town of Banbury which has a great mix of historical features and independent shops. Further afield there’s the city of Cambridge, which is home to one of the UK’s most prestigious universities along with scores of museums and places of learning. Travel throughout Suffolk and you’ll come across lots of worthwhile places to visit including family-friendly attractions, charming towns, picturesque hiking trails and more.
Up to 2 dogs welcome
Wi-Fi (can be intermittent)
Parking spaces for three cars next to the cottage
Free entry to all National Trust properties during period of stay
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Things to Do
Bury St Edmunds – A short drive away is the town of Bury St Edmunds, or Bury as it’s commonly known. Rich in history, its most famous attractions include St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Bury St Edmunds Abbey, both of which are superb buildings. The town also has plenty of shops, pubs, bars and dining opportunities.
Dad’s Army Museum – If you’re a fan of Dad’s Army, a visit to this museum is a must. Here you can see where the comedy show was filmed and learn more about its history and production.
Mid-Suffolk Light Railway – The only standard gauge heritage railway in Suffolk. Here you can go on relaxing steam train rides and learn all about the railway’s history.
Queens Bar & Grill – Located in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, this restaurant and bar specialises in ‘farm to fork’ dishes, using ingredients sourced from farms and other businesses throughout the Suffolk area. The menu combines British cuisine with highlights of American smokehouse restaurants.
Giggling Squid – Also in Bury St Edmunds, Giggling Squid focuses on Thai cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. It has a relaxed, casual atmosphere and is a pleasant place to have an evening meal.
Restaurants at the Ickworth Hotel – If you don’t want to go too far for dinner, try the on-site restaurants. There’s a family-friendly eatery whose dishes are full of flavour, plus there’s Frederick’s Restaurant, which is more for adults, offering intimate dinners and expertly chosen wine pairings.
Nestled in a woodland glade on the Ickworth Estate