Hello my little lovelies.
Today I am bringing you a new series of posts I hope to do on my blog which is a mixture of both Fashion and Travel I suppose you could say. I've named this series 'Discovering Suffolk', as this will be my way of scrapbooking my little discoveries I make whilst exploring the green pastures of my current home county, Suffolk.
As the mania of the new year dies down, Ollie and I found our weekends have begun to free up nicely meaning we have more time to go on little expeditions around our home town. Living in such a picturesque place, (some parts of Suffolk are quite notably known as of course Constable Country) I am aware that we have so much to discover in this beautiful place we get to call our home. Plus I know some of my friends and readers are also from Suffolk so I think this is a great way of sharing some tips on great places to head to for a fun day out.
This weekend we made our way over to Bury St Edmunds which is a wonderful town about half an hour away from Ipswich. Just on the outskirts here is the simply gorgeous historical house and gardens, Ickworth House which is owned by the National Trust. Described as a Georgian Italianate Palace set in an idyllic English landscape, this breathtaking establishment opens it Gardens to the public all year round and in certain seasons the house is opened too.
On arrival I was immediately drawn to the Italianate Gardens which the house sits in. Filled with stunning greenery, a stumpery and many pretty out-buildings to discover, you can certainly spend an afternoon wandering around these immaculate grounds. Not to mention the vast walled garden which then spreads out and surrounds the house, plenty of landscape to explore and lose an afternoon to.
Not only does Ickworth House boast these beautiful grounds but also of course the house is open inside during certain seasons to look around and take in some 18th century magic. Plus as with most Historic houses you will of course find a lovely little cafe and gift shop for all your other hearts desires (aka coffee). Side note: I particularly love the Coffee House as some of the seating is situated in a corridor which not only overlooks the stunning Italianate Gardens but is filled itself with plants (see second above picture) definitely an instagrammable kinda coffee break.
The weather sure hasn't warmed up that much, but it's certainly a vast improvement to the dark skies and freezing conditions of last weekend. So I thought I'd wrap up warm in a nice chunky cardigan and my trusty camel coat for this trip. Underneath however I chose to wear my new Lost Ink Frill Sleeved Blouse which I can not get enough of under my favourite New Look Dungarees. A pair of H&M Platform Oxfords to finish off the look and I was ready to hit the green lands of Ickworth House!
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