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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At this hotel the setting is magical with beautiful grounds. Also staff went above and beyond their job to make sure that we were looked after through out our stay. All with smiling faces made us feel at home. Exceptional accommodation food and service. As a result we had a wonderful time during our visit at this hotel. This is my second visit and will be visiting again and highly recommend it.
We recently stayed in an apartment room at the Hotel. Arriving late we were shown to our lovely, cosy and comfortable room, with dinner booked we made our way to the restaurant but were reassured we had time for a swift G&T before dinner. We opted for the set menu and were delighted with the quality of the meal, the restaurant was a little quiet however we appreciated we were in a historic building with a high ceiling. Food including breakfast was first class, which you might expect given the credentials of the restaurant. Staff were polite and helpful. The rooms were clean to a very good standard with a very good mattress on the bed. We didn't experience the spa and didn't observe it during our stay. Overall we would recommend the hotel for those seeking a short break away.
We had 3 days here mid week. We had breakfast and dinner included in the package. The hotel is old fashioned but has a charm The staff are fantastic and very professional we had consistently good service. The best part was the food. The restaurant is excellent and offers choice for vegetarians (not so much for Vegans). The dishes were well prepared well presented and had good portions. A good wine list was well priced.
We enjoyed the spa as well. Very professional well trained staff. Good choice of treatments and beauty treatments.
Once we got past the old fashioned set up and slightly chilly rooms (very high ceilings and large old windows) the charm and service did win us over. Great stay.
We booked a three night stay dinner bed and breakfast to recuperate and relax.
Our room was very large and spacious but a little chilly and we had to make use of the 2 extra heaters we found in the wardrobe to warm it up.
The large double bed was actually 2 single beds pushed together and was somewhat uncomfortable in the middle.
The staff were delightful without exception.
The restaurant was lovely although very quiet and thus lacked atmosphere. the food was delicious, beautifully presented and fresh.
We had several spa treatments. The spa was beautiful and very serene. The staff were extremely professional and very good. we loved all of the treatments we had.
There are little touches that let the hotel down especially as it seems to be promoting itself as a top class hotel.
We ordered a newspaper it arrived the first morning but not the next.
We said yes to our bed being turned down. It was the first night but not on subsequent nights.
It's a shame that those little things that kinda make or break a place are not taken care of. The hotel was very quiet whilst we were there, and I was surprised that we were put in a room that clearly is quite "tired" when there were probably more updated and fresher rooms available.
Despite the niggles we had a lovely time but probably wouldn't return.
Our son got married there and we stayed for two nights. It is a lovely building, full of memorabilia and the grandness if a bygone era. Hitlesham is pure luxury, a gentle giant of an hotel that is not for the quick in and out fraternity, it takes time to enjoy this place. IF you want to enjoy the best at extremely reasonable prices then Hintlesham is the place. OK, so it needs a little TLC, ignore that, look at the quality. sit back and be waited on by experts!