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.
How to Get There
Stayed at end of August - booked a Junior Suite but was upgraded to the Cherry Orchard Suite - Wow ! - one of the best rooms that I have ever stayed in - split level with bed on mezzanine floor - very spacious - could entertain our whole group on the night - also has own garden area - really great stay made even better by the staff who were always happy to respond to any request - unusual for every member of staff to be so good. Would recommend 100% ! I can't believe I have a negative - but the TV is too small for the room - it should be at least 65" to complete the wow factor of such a great room.
I have to say, that all throughout the organising of the wedding which was held on the 18th August 2019, Tracy who managed it made this the most stress free occasion for me who was arranging this for my daughter. Tracy and the team could not have been more helpful and when I was constantly contacting her in the last few weeks leading up to the wedding, her calm and professional manner even though I was stressed with the final arrangements, calmed me down and assured me that all would be good and my god was it, if you want a special day to be that extra bit more special I cannot recommend this venue anymore. From start to finish, the team at Hintlesham were second to none, all through the day, the transitions from service, to drinks and then the set up for the wedding breakfast to the evening entertainment were flawless without any of the guests noticing the changeovers. that with the fantastic value for money package for suppliers they offered was a real bonus and they have all the contact details for any other entertainment you would like to add, one of their wedding fairs is a must attend. I would like to finish by saying a huge thank you to all the Hintlesham team for making my daughters and now son-in-laws day that extra bit special, well done all and thank you.
My wife had booked a one night stay here for my birthday/weeding anniversary. I was not disappointed. We booked a couple of treatments in the Spa for the morning. This was very relaxing and set the weekend off well. In the afternoon we sat in the garden with a few drinks and sandwiches which was very pleasant. Our room was very spacious and comfortable with two large armchairs where we sat relaxing before dinner.
The shower was powerful the hotel supplied some very nice shampoos and body wash.
Dinner was excellent and for a three course meal of this standard for £35.00 extremely good value.
We sat in the lounge for coffee and liqueurs. Huge sofas which were very comfortable. The waiting staff made sure that we were kept well supplied.
Breakfast was very tasty. Definitely nothing wrong with the sausages!
I would highly recommend this hotel for a romantic stay and cannot wait to return very soon.