Ousden House, Nr Newmarket, Suffolk
A pretty Georgian building, formally a stable and coach house which, 18 years ago, was fully converted to form an elegant and delightful house. At the same the owners have created a remarkable 8-acre garden which includes extensive herbaceous borders, a rose garden,water garden, a long double crinkle yew hedge, formal courtyard, clock tower and dovecote. Beyond the garden is a small lake with ornamental woodland.
Tour of entire house with owners, followed by extensive tour of large garden also with owners, including clock tower and optional visit to small Norman church.
Our members had the most wonderful visit to Ousden House yesterday. The house, the garden, the refreshments and the welcome were all most impressive.
Ousden is just off the B1063 between Newmarket and Wickhambrook. From Newmarket, go to the Clock Tower at the end of the High Street and take the B1063 towards Clare. Follow this road through Cheveley and Ashley and after a further two or three miles of open country you will come to a crossroads marked by a pair of cottages and a large beech tree. Leave the B1063 here and go straight across, taking the road signposted Ousden. From Wickhambrook, this turning is on the right, two miles beyond Lidgate.
To find Ousden House, go past the village sign and a second sign saying 'bends'. Immediately round the first bend the entrance is on your right (green wooden field gates). If you miss this entrance, turn right at the next opportunity, towards the church and come in by the back gates, which are immediately on your right. From the A14 heading east, turn off to the west of Bury St Edmunds junction, second turning to Westley. Turn right at T junction. Go straight on. At Little Saxham the road goes sharp right, keep straight on (leaving church on your right). In Hargrave turn right to Ousden. The house is at the far end of the village.
Tea with sandwiches, home-made cakes and biscuits.
No photography in the house, no dogs. Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.
Occasional steps on ground floor. Garden extensive and sloping but areas around house are easily accessible.