What We Love
- A listed country house set in 175 acres of pretty grounds, with breakfast and optional dinner
- Taking a stroll across the grounds towards the neighbouring 18-hole golf course for a peaceful round
- Enjoying afternoon tea in the pretty garden or in one of the comfortable lounges
- Exploring the pretty waterfront town of Ipswich, which is just four miles away
What To Know
- This elegant English estate has great curb appeal, but interiors can look a bit dated
- The property is popular for weddings and events
- There's a dress code at the restaurant: jackets for gents, and no sportswear, baseball caps or tennis shoes
The toast of Suffolk, Hintlesham Hall is a 16th century, Grade I listed country house, which has been awarded four red stars by the AA. Its peach walls and sweeping green lawns are surrounded by 175 acres of pastoral loveliness and the historic waterfront town of Ipswich is just four miles away. If you like to make an entrance (and happen to have a private chopper) then there’s even a helipad within the grounds.
The two AA Rosette-awarded restaurant uses garden-fresh ingredients, which you can sample in a grand dining setting. You can take afternoon tea outside or have light meals and refreshments in the hotel’s public lounges. Bedrooms are spacious and sophisticated with plenty of places to curl up in your dressing gown. High-end spa treatments are available – products used include Elemis, OPI and St Tropez. The hotel is also adjacent to an 18-hole golf course.
Bedrooms are the epitome of classic elegance and comfort with antique furnishings, generous wardrobe space, tea and coffee-making facilities, and an en-suite bathroom with toiletries and cosy bathrobes.
Head chef Alan Ford sources the finest ingredients, creating à la carte and table d’hôte menus to be reckoned with – picture cream of broccoli soup, goat’s cheese and rocket risotto, venison carpaccio
and clove-scented duck breast, with honey-baked plums and mango panna
cotta for dessert. The extensive wine list is strong and covers wines from all over the world. Chocolate éclairs, fruit tartlets and homemade fruit scones make up a delicious afternoon tea, served in the garden or in one of the lounges. All other dining is spread across three magnificent dining rooms.
Just four miles outside Ipswich, Hintlesham Hall is surrounded by pretty grounds, which lie adjacent to an 18-hole golf course. Spend a day exploring the historic buildings and pretty waterfront of Ipswich or venture a little further out and you’ll hit the coast – perfect for a walk by the beach.
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A good experience apart from room which had one small opening window with a dismal view of the opposite window and wall.This room has no air con and even with the window open wide was very stuffy.When getting ready for the evening we discovered that the shower defied our joint efforts to run at a reasonable temperature.The fact that the hair dryer resembled a child's toy was irrelevant as my wife was unable wash her hair (see shower comments).Bathroom extractor not working.
Worst of all in the small hours of the night a pump or something somewhere in the building was constantly starting & restarting...very intrusive
We had high expectations of this hotel from the reviews we had read prior to booking
All of our expectations were exceeded from the size and comfort of the room to the quality of the food in the restaurant.
The staff were all friendly , efficient and keen to provide a quality service.
The dinner was delicious and good value for money with a good choice.
The breakfast was very good and service was efficient.
We would recommend this hotel and will definitely be booking another stay.
Have stayed a couple of nights at this super Georgian hotel in the country. Rooms are luxurious, well appointed and the beds are super comfy!
There is ample parking.
I’ve eaten in the lounge area twice and the menu and food is very good if you don’t fancy the gorgeous restaurant. The bar is cosy and the terrace at the rear overlooking the garden is really nice.
Breakfast full English is super with really first class sausages!
I’ll definitely be back! It’s s beautiful place, one of my favourites!
Visited with my mother for afternoon tea as a birthday treat. The staff were polite, attentive and helpful. I ordered a glass of champagne for us and mentioned it was because of my mother's birthday and a couple of minutes later mum was presented with a complimentary scroll of marzipan with 'happy birthday 'written in chocolate. A lovely touch greatly appreciated.
The sandwiches and cakes were sublime and the value for money outstanding in my opinion. We will be back.
A beautiful room. Very clean and well
Maintained. A few bits of rubbish disguarded around main entrance that were not cleared away for a few hours which I found surprising. Spa area very nice and hot tub a nice touch. Food was delicious and service very prompt.