A regular feature in our round-ups of the best places to visit in Suffolk when staying at our Barns and Barges to rent, we thought that Ickworth House deserved a little more spotlight by way of its very own blog post. Built sometime between 1795 and 1829, the estate the house belongs to dates back 1467 when it was once the dwelling place of the Marquesses of Bristol. A masterpiece properly attributed to Frederick Hervey, the 4th Earl of Bristol and Bishop of Derry, Ickworth House was brought to life by esteemed Italian architect Antonio Asprucci after he was asked to design a classical villa in the Suffolk countryside.
As with many historic houses in Suffolk, the story of Ickworth House is anything but straightforward. Indeed, it was originally conceived as an art gallery to house all of the Earl’s impressive collection. The only hitch in this brilliant plan? All of the art he owned was seized by Napoleon. With nothing to hang on the walls, and with the Earl passing away in 1803, the house was to his successor to finish off.
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