Not too long ago, I was away for a couple of weeks in the North of England. Well, when you live in Cornwall, everywhere is North, but you know.
The day before I was due to come home, we decided to spend the day doing something a little different and so we went for a drive into Suffolk and found Ickworth House.
“A Georgian Italianate palace in an idyllic English landscape” is how the website describes it.
Now, Ickworth was the destination after we had been recommended there for the beautiful gardens and cafe, but I still wasn’t entirely sure what to expect.
The fancy dress characters from the mid 1700’s that met us was probably not what I had in mind though!
The carpark was absolutely overflowing as we were there during the easter holidays and clearly Ickworth was the place to be that day. Had we previously check the National Trust website, I probably would have known why, but I didn’t so I didn’t put 2 and 2 together until later on.
A wander through the ground in the sun was so fresh and despite all the people we’d seen parking, it was nice and quiet! Turns out that was because everyone was in the cafe..
We are coffee lovers. And the size of the queues did not fit our caffeine needs quickly enough! Also, taking in the stunning and regal surroundings seems to work up quite a thirst.
We went to the upstairs cafe, slightly more tucked away and sat by the windows overlooking the gardens with children playing croquet.
After a pit stop in the cafe we went to the back of the gardens discovered quite a crowd, some show horses, a lot of actors and canons. As it happens, we ended up watching a re-enactment of the battle of Napoleon at Waterloo.
The horses were HUGE! The canons shook the ground when they went off, and the costumes were top notch! The only thing I wasn’t quite so convinced about was that the cameras they had during that war were suspiciously like the ones that were issued just last year, interesting…
It was a very well put together performance and they really had the audience drawn in. So much so that I don’t actually have any images of it, only this one of a camp set up.
If you’d like to learn more about the property and grounds, this is where to go. A lovely place for a day out. Have you been to many manor houses lately? (Haa)