Finishing off this posting with the gardens and outside of the house
Ickworth is a show case on a huge scale.
The impressive central 'rotunda' was built by the 4th Earl of Bristol to show off the priceless treasures collected on his tours around Europe in the eighteenth century.
Over the next 200 years, the eccentric Hervey family called Ickworth home. Not only did they add to the treasures inside but they created gardens that echoed the Italianate style of the house
Here we have walked down to the lake to see the series of walled gardens. Disappointing as they were mainly empty.
We had found the walk hard going after a pretty full day walking as the temperature was in the upper 80's with no shade and I had not brought a hat
A gardener had assured us it was not very far across the estate and fields - not true
We also had in mind that it would be all uphill walking back
We made it back and the first thing we did was make for the tearoom and the shop to buy a hat (a bit late!)
Very few taking refreshment outside today, including us
Hope you enjoyed your visit