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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We had Braganza room for 2 nights which is the largest and most magnificent room I've stayed in. The inside was kept well and always clean. The exterior needs some attention - on opening the windows the sills outside were dirty and very mouldy. A huge amount of space with plenty of furniture, great views, very comfortable bed and excellent bathroom added up to a great room. The hotel as a whole is great, staff are friendly and the grounds generally well kept. The only downside for us was Carriers for evening meals - it seems the kitchen was aiming too high and could not reach the bar set. A few of the dishes were far too salty and a little dry while others were just right. There was also quite a difference between Saturday (generally good) and Sunday (not so good). Wine list is extensive with a range to meet most tastes and budgets, and the wine was served well. Breakfast was freshly cooked and very tasty with good ingredients.
This was my second visit to Hintlesham Hall and it was just as good as I remembered the first time.
The hall itself is full of character and the elegant period corridors / common areas have kept a lot of their original features befitting this Grade 1 listed property.
The hall is set in some lovely grounds which I had a chance to walk round this time. The grounds were very peaceful and I should imagine it’s an excellent place to wander round during the summer months or to just sit and relax.
The food in the restaurant was really good. My friend and I had poached plaice and a lamb crockett as starters, both of which were tasty. Our mains were a sirloin steak and lamb, followed by cheese and dark chocolate sorbet.
The breakfast that I had here was really good too.
My room which was called Ribbons was spacious, bright and welcoming and the bed was very comfortable. A big plus point here was that it was quiet during the night so my sleep was not disturbed by any noise from the corridor outside.
It’s a place that is ideal for a few nights away, a special occasion or in my case just a night whilst in the area, although I would have liked to have stayed much longer.
The service here was good right from when I walked in and continued right up until I left. It's a place that I can highly recommend a visit to.
We attended a wedding here in March and had a brilliant time. The staff were welcoming and friendly from the minute we arrived the day before. The rooms were all different, beautifully decorated with quality furnishings and had comfortable beds. The food was excellent, and the wedding day went without a hitch. Would certainly love to return.
Went with a group , as the vegan , I was not that impressed with the options I had !
Waited far to long for soya milk for my tea !
Sandwiches were dry around edges !
One scone with jam and extra jam ?
Various fruit , very tiny chocolate cake !
I have had better vegan afternoon tea elsewhere, poor show here .
After spending a couple of days at Hintlesham Hall , we were very impressed with the all-round service, beautiful room and very good food , we will not hesitate to return and will definitely recommend