At the heart of one of the first Italian gardens created in England, Ickworth House is made up of a rotunda crowned by a ribbon of friezes inspired by illustrations of Homer by Flaxman and two wings curving inwards. The residence was built 1795-1829 by the fabulously rich Bishop of Derry, Frederick Hervey, fourth count of Bristol, an Irish nationalist and eccentric traveller after whom all the Bristol hotels in Europe are named.
Address :La Rotonde, IP29 5QE Horringer
manor mid Mar-Oct: daily except Wed 1pm-5pm (Thu noon-3pm, Sun 11am and Wed in Aug noon-3pm); Nov-mid Dec: weekends 11am-4pm; gardens: all year 9am-5.30pm - £12.60 (children £6.35); garden £5.40 (children £2.70), in Winter: £3.50
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