The Ickworth Hotel
What We Love
- An elegant, family-friendly stately home, with full English breakfast and dinner creditThe after-hours access to the Capability Brown Italianate gardens
- Romantic candlelit dinners in Frederick's Restaurant
- The extensive treatment menu, using luxury Elemis products
What To Know
- Located just two hours from London on 1,800 acres of lush ground
- All 27 guestrooms are dog-friendly
- WiFi is patchy
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
With a stay at The Ickworth Hotel in Bury St Edmunds, you’ll be minutes from Ickworth House and close to Suffolk Regiment Museum. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery and Theatre Royal.
Make yourself at home in one of the 38 guestrooms featuring DVD players and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as complimentary bottled water and irons/ironing boards.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax and unwind with massages, body treatments, and facials. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find an indoor pool and an outdoor tennis court. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Food & Drink
Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours).
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services and an elevator (lift). Limited parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
The staff were lovely and the grounds are breathtaking. The kids club was a bit young for our 7 year old but he enjoyed the bikes you could hire. We were in the outhouse which is quite a walk from the main hotel but they provided touches to help find your way back in the dark which the kids enjoyed. The food was good but expensive. Overall it was very nice but not quite nice enough for the prices in half term!
Delicious afternoon tea..... very good customer service, beautiful surroundings for a walk afterwards, able to request more sandwiches, sat in elegant conservatory area. Ideal place for family catch-ups!
We decided to book a last minute stay as we really needed a break and as always the Ickworth did not disappoint. We were really pleased with the changes to the swimming pool changing room and enjoyed our first cream tea at the Ickworth and the scones were amazing. We didn’t have time to do our favourite long walk in the grounds so just did half of it this time but spent some time in the pool which is our favourite pool in the world! Definitely still need more veggie range of food but the chef is accommodating and I had some lovely meals. If the weather had been better we would have hired bikes but we weren’t impressed that this has now become an extra rather than just able to borrow them so that is slightly off putting. Really nice to see familiar faces on the staff who greet you like old friends and make it feel so homely. We will be back.
We were booked for afternoon tea on a Saturday, which was my birthday, so it was for a treat.
We were booked into the conservatory. This sounded nice and the online pictures did too. However what we were not made aware of was this is where families have lunch and still were when we arrived, and throughout our afternoon. We were a couple, so this really spoilt the ambience for us and it did not feel special. A shame as i now know they have other rooms they use for afternoon tea.
Also we only got 4 finger sandwiches each, despite the information on their website saying 'savories' as well as sandwiches. I was also given one which was fish paste which is an unusual choice and one I dont like, it would have been helpful to have a sandwich menu if less common flavours are going to be given and potentially wasted/disliked.
I have informed the hotel of the above and was informed we can ask for more sandwiches, but none were offered.
I have suggested they consider the seating arrangements for afternoon tea especially if there are no children in a group, and seat afternoon tea seperately to lunch, as one is a special occasion and the other could 'just be lunch' for resident families.
Also I have suggested they offer more food as well as hot drinks, and have a sandwich menu or check flavours with guests before bringing them out as we all have likes/dislikes.
On a positive- the waitress was very lovely as were my gluten free sandwiches (not the fish paste) and cakes/scones etc.
I have had better, cheaper afternoon teas that felt like a treat and a special occasion.
Just had a mini break at The Ickworth.
This is not just a hotel for couples with young children. We really enjoyed our stay. The service was excellent in both the hotel and the restaurant.
Our room was beautifully furnished with a stunning view of the Rotunda from 1 window and the garden from the other. The bathroom was huge, had a window and was stylish. We loved the Elemis spa toiletries, fluffy towels, slippers and dressing gowns. Only challenge was that being a family hotel all of the showers are in the bath - tricky when you have a knee replacement- to climb out of the very deep bath.
We had a wonderful relaxing tea in the lounge next to a real fire.
Dinner was delicious and beautifully presented and served in the elegant dining room.
Breakfast in the conservatory was fab. Great choice of buffet items and cooked breakfast to order.
All In - a perfect stay.
We will be back ( in school term time)