This afternoon, we went to Ickworth Hall, just south of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. If you ever get the opportunity to go there, you simply must.
The hall and gardens are beautiful. Today, the weather not being especially wonderful, we went around the house first, with the intention of exploring the gardens and woodland afterwards. We entered the house via the servants quarters which was brilliant – I felt like I was on the set of Downton Abbey! We saw how the house was heated and how the electricity for the house was created in the early 1900s. Quite fascinating!
The kitchen was huge and well lit, thanks to the big windows. The collection of copper saucepans had all been polished and my mother took a shine to them! As she is recreating an Early Edwardian kitchen to suit her house, she was fascinated by everything ‘period’. I’ve never seen a woman so perfectly mesmerised by a pestle and mortar!
After seeing the servant’s quarters, we were led upstairs into the grand hall of the house, which, after the dreary, cold and grey decor of the floor below, was spectacular. The marble statues and pillars against a backdrop of 17th and 18th century paintings was a sight I couldn’t take enough photographs of!
All of the rooms were beautifully decorated, with stunning chandeliers, mirrors, artwork and furniture. The house swims in grandeur and I felt a little out of place in my trainers and jeans! We were led into the Silver Room which exhibited only 20% of the entire collection, but cabinets and showcases lined the walls, showing the finest tureens, utensils, champagne coolers and cutlery I have ever seen!
Unfortunately we didn’t have the time to explore the gardens and the woodland around the house – next time we decide to go, we’ll definitely have to get there earlier. There is so much to see and do at Ickworth Hall, that 3 hours simply is not long enough. There are many different walks to do, the longest one being about 7.5 miles. If you’re looking for somewhere to go, that is great for the whole family, then then this house must be on your list!