Constructed during the reign of the ‘Mad’ King George III, Ickworth house took 47 years to complete and was unique to the country at the time, both in terms of scale and style. Drawing upon the Italian Palladian style, the building borrows influence from the designs of architect Antonio Asprucci, famed for the Villa Borghese in Rome.
The home of the Marquis of Bristol, the house was occupied by the Hervey family long into the 20th century after which the house was given to the National Trust in lieu of death duties. Following the Marquis’ death, Childs Sulzmann won the opportunity to convert the east wing to hotel use for Luxury Family Hotels.
The hotel offering included a sensitively designed pool which sits within the historic walled garden. Additionally, the Dower house which sits within the grounds, was converted into eleven apartments.