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Country Hotels in Suffolk


Country Hotels in Suffolk

Need a break from the city? Looking for a chance to get away from the stresses of everyday life? Country Hotels in Suffolk offer a refreshing hideaway in some of the most scenic countryside in England, but still within easy travelling distance of London and the South East. In Suffolk you'll find country pursuits - walking, cycling, horse riding, hunting, shooting and fishing - galore, as well as local fetes and festivals, and charming village shops that disappeared many years ago from busy town centres. So set out for adventure and enjoy nature with these excellent countryside retreats.

In Bury St Edmunds, The Ickworth Hotel (below) was once home to the Hervey family, and is surrounded by 1800 acres of glorious English Parkland. Ickworth is a successful blend of contemporary style with the traditions of a great country house to benefit all the family. The lavish décor does not hark back to days long gone, but has been given a contemporary feel to the ground floor and some bedrooms which maintain respect for traditions of this great house.

The hotel has 27 bedrooms and you can choose to “Lord it Up” in the Marquis’s bed chamber or snuggle up in the Butler’s cosy retreat. The additional 11 apartments in the Dower House, a short distance from the main hotel, offer families spacious accommodation within its own four acres of gardens (click on their disp;ay above for more details).



Also in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk Hotel, Golf, and Leisure offers stunning countryside views, and a full 18-hole Championship Golf course.


Part of the Suffolk Heritage coast, The Crown and Castle (above) in Orford dates back to the 16th century. The Hotel is run by the legendary Hotel Inspector, Ruth Watson and her husband, and, as you'd expect, the standard is top class. The Crown and Castle has 18 light, stylish bedrooms all with modern en-suite bathrooms. Although extremely quietly positioned, it is not a country house hotel in the hackneyed, ruched-curtain, prohibitively expensive sense. Neither is it efficient but soulless, in the way modern, city-centre hotels can be.

Ruth and David Watson have set out to create a new concept in hospitality, offering a genial atmosphere, good food and well-designed, simple bedrooms at modest cost. Try it and See! There are lots of things to do and places to see nearbly including - Orford Castle, and Orford Ness.

Also in Orford and also run by the Watsons is The Kings Head Inn which is a Pub with Rooms, but if you can't squeeze into The Crown and Castle this is a very attractive alternative.

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Golf is on the menu at Ufford Park Hotel, Golf, and Spa. Ufford Park is the ideal destination for a relaxing getaway break with your family. The Hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the tranquil Suffolk Countryside and its excellent road links make it an ideal base from which to explore all the best that Suffolk has to offer, such as the nearby charming market town of Woodbridge and famous Anglo-Saxon burial ground at Sutton Hoo, stunning Constable Country and, of course, Suffolk’s unspoilt heritage coastline.

Set in 120 acres of historic parkland overlooking the Deben valley, our modern hotel has 87 comfortably appointed en-suite bedrooms, many of which have balconies. There are nine air-conditioned function rooms, which host our many weddings and corporate meetings, and a selection of bars and restaurants to relax and unwind in.

Golfers can enjoy our challenging 18 Hole Par 71 golf course which plays host to prestigious tournaments such as the PGA EuroPro Tour, and non Golfers can relish the Ufford Park Spa, a new luxurious spa combining a sumptuous state-of-the-art thermal suite with highly trained beauty therapists to form arguably the finest Spa in East Anglia.

For other Golf Hotels please see Suffolk Golf Hotels
and for other Hotels with Spa facilities please see Suffolk's Health Spa Hotels



Hintlesham Hall Hotel, above, is a Grade 1 Listed Elizabethan Manor House, nestling in 175 acres of rolling Suffolk countryside. Widely recognised as being one of the loveliest amongst the UK and Ireland's highest rated hotels, the Hall has 33 bedrooms and suites of varying shapes, sizes and styles enhanced by fine fabrics, works of art and antiques which abound throughout the hotel. The accent is on friendly professionalism and the list of available activities is substantial although the heart of Hintlesham Hall is the opportunity simply to relax and perhaps wander around the grounds or countryside before enjoying Chef's latest menus and depleting our award winning wine cellar. Health & Beauty and other specialist treatments and a fully equipped gym with helpful instructors now complement the pool (in season) which is small but perfectly formed. Adjacent is the associated championship size PGA golf course.



Kesgrave Hall (above), near Ipswich, is a relaxing experience from the moment you turn down the tree lined drive. Offering all day dining and picturesque grounds, you can have a stroll and then settle down to a great meal.

The bistro restaurant has everything you would expect, inventive food alongside classics such as the delightful fish and chips, a buzzing but relaxed atmosphere and wonderful service from a friendly and professional team.

With its picturesque and ‘perfect for the kids to play in’ grounds, buzzing bistro restaurant, outside terrace (for al fresco dining), private dining facilities (the mess) and fabulous bedrooms, Kesgrave Hall, quite simply, offers you everything!

In Dedham, Milsoms Hotel and Restaurant is a Victorian country house dating back to 1850, which offers fantastic dining in a great Suffolk setting. milsoms is a contemporary gastro-bar combined with fifteen stylish bedrooms.

In Suffolk we can also offer you perfect country Inns with Rooms so that you can enjoy the countryside, superb cuisine, and then retire upstairs to your bed without having to consider the journey home.
Located near the historic towns of Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich The Bildeston Crown is a 15th coaching Inn which has been imaginatively refurbished, but still maintains the charm and character of it's 600 year old history. In October 2008 the Crown won Best Small Hotel in Suffolk in the Tourism in Suffolk Awards, and their Chef, Chris Lee, has won many awards including 3 AA Rosettes. The Hotel also has 3 AA Red Stars so you are sure of a luxurious retreat at The Bildeston Crown.

Another idyllic Country Pub Hotel is The Crown Inn, a historic, privately owned Inn set in the picturesque village of Stoke by Nayland. The 160-foot tower of St Mary's Church features in the works of Constable, who immortalised the surrounding countryside of The Dedham Vale, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Crown Inn is reputed far and wide for the quality of its food and fortunately it has recently opened rooms above the restaurant so you won't have far to travel to reach your bed having enjoyed a delicious meal and local brew!
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One of Suffolk's many gems is Lavenham, a picturesque and unique timber-framed Medieval village. With old timber-framed houses, the fine Perpendicular 'Wool Church' and the High Street full of antiques and galleries, Lavenham is a high point of any itinerary of the pretty villages of East Anglia. You will be spoilt for choice for Hotels as there are two outstanding Country Hotels in Lavenham. The Great House is an authentic small luxury boutique hotel in the middle village that offers high quality accommodation and outstanding food.



above is in the market place of Lavenham, the centre of the Village. It was a private house (lived in by Stephen Spender in the 1930's) until Regis and Martine Crepy turned it into a ‘Boutique’ hotel with restaurant in 1985. The food (predominantly French) is the best for miles -'stunningly good' enthuses one visitor (a fellow hotelier).
The five bedrooms, each with its ensuite bathroom and four with seating or a separate lounge are light and elegant still retaining the wonderful charm of the house. A multitude of hidden delights include a mini-bar, espresso machines, plasma screen television, wifi, hifi, hairdryers and ironing boards and the complimentary fruit and decanter of sherry offer a welcoming touch.
The generous beds, including the majestic king size Jacobean four poster, are dressed in fine Egyptian linen, a luxurious eiderdown and plump continental pillows.
In summer French doors open onto a pretty stone-paved courtyard for drinks, lunch or dinner.



Nearby The Swan at Lavenham (above) is perhaps one of England's most iconic hotels. The Swan dates back to the 15th Century when it played a key role in Lavenham's wool trade. Today it is a quintessential English country hotel and restaurant, proud of its achievement of an AA four star 81% rating and two AA Rosettes.

Enjoy Lavenham and the surrounding countryside at these great hotels.

Back out to the coast and there are several great Country House Hotel options near Lowestoft.

The Carlton Manor Hotel is a stunning 19th century manor house owned and run by Chef Jonathan Nicholson, who makes the most eye watering desserts! Relax in the comfortable, light filled lounge before taking your seat for a meal to remember.

The Wherry Hotel is also very near Oulton Broad--have a pint while catching up on the fascinating history of the Broads.

Ivy House Country Hotel is tucked away down a leafy driveway nestling beside Oulton Broad. Enjoy a stroll in the gardens or head down to the broadside footpath for a longer countryside walk.

Located on the outskirts of the charming market town of Brandon, the Brandon House Hotel is a great jumping off point for the surrounding countryside. Nearby, the royal residence of Sandringham has fantastic walks and great gardens.



Positioned alongside the River Lark, near Mildenhall, the Riverside Hotel was originally built circa 1720 and has retained its enchanting traditional charm. Riverside Hotel is also close to beautiful countryside walks and views of The Brecks.

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For Suffolk country pursuits please see the following articles on the Suffolk Tourist Guide
Fishing in Suffolk
Horseriding in Suffolk
Walking in Suffolk