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
We visit HH every year with our friends just before Christmas to have a short break and enjoy the food, restful surroundings and seasonal decorations.
This year it was noticeable that our usual room (Celia B) had been redecorated and the
hotel generally looked better.
We usually arrive around midday for drinks and canapés then enjoy an excellent lunch with wine.
The staff are all excellent and friendly and we feel very much at home there.
We always look forward to our one day break every year and this year was again well up to our expectations.
My wife has to use a wheelchair so we always have Celia B as it is on the ground floor.
One significant improvement would be for the hotel to provide ramps for the two sets of steps leading to this room (one of three steps and one of two). I have purchased a ramp which we use but there must be other guests who would welcome this improvement.
Notwithstanding this we will certainly look forward to our visit next year and may well stay at another time during the year.
I booked an overnight stay here for my husband's birthday. We had a good welcome on arrival at Reception.
We liked our room very much. It was a good size, big comfortable bed and the whole room felt very relaxed. The bathroom was clean, roll top bath and huge shower. We had no complaints about the room.
The husband had a pedicure in the spa which he was very happy about!
Unusually, the hotel was quite empty, we think just one other couple were staying which meant we had excellent service at dinner and breakfast. We enjoyed our dinner, food quality very good and very nice surroundings.
Breakfast was really good. Well cooked full English for me and kippers for the husband. We were happy to be served rather than buffet. We thought the choice was very good and as we were the only ones eating, had very personal service.
All in all we enjoyed our stay very much. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't too kind to us as we would have liked to explore the grounds.
We would come back and hopefully will do so in the future.
Thanks for a lovely stay!
After a long day, I stayed at this hotel and dine in the restaurant, it was a pleasant stay, restaurant was high class, food was excellent and the service was top, most recommend, will visit again soon.
We treated ourselves to an overnight stay here for our 4 year anniversary. We opted to have afternoon tea when we arrived then dinner a little later. Breakfast was included in our package.
Hotel - stunningly beautiful old building with lots of character. A lot of the art work around the hotel is for sale and some of it is really good. The grounds are lovely and given the time of year and inclement weather, we did not expect it to be in full bloom but it was still lovely for a short stroll. Yes there are parts that could maybe do with a lick of paint but it is still beautiful none the less and expected with an old, listed building.
Room - it was the only hotel room I have walked into and said “wow” out loud. Spacious, clean and very regal. We had the Rosette room. The bed was huge and the bedding was really good quality. We slept like logs in the very dark room (thanks to shutters and heavy curtains). Our room had its own kind of hallway so there was no noise from outside our door and we didn’t hear anything from the neighbouring rooms. I will admit though that in the night the room was a little too hot for my liking.
Staff - I had no issues with the staff. They were polite, attentive and answered any questions we had without being intrusive. They explained the difference between the 3 champagnes and which foods they paired with for afternoon tea. My only suggestion would be for the Porter to slow down a bit when showing guests to their room and to explain where we needed to go for various things such as the lounge for afternoon tea, the bar area and the restaurant where dinner and breakfast would be served. Our room was quite away from the reception and we could barely keep up with him then when we got to our room we didn’t know where to go for afternoon tea so wandered about looking lost before Another member of staff rescued us.
Food - fantastic! It is as simple as that, the food was lovely.
After dinner we retired to the lounge where we played chess (other games available) before heading to bed.
We didn’t use the spa so cannot comment although it would have been nice had we been advised where it actually was and asked if we wanted to book any treatments when we checked in.
Overall a very lovely overnight stay and I would definitely recommend it, in fact we may even treat ourselves again very soon :)
Mid week day off for enjoyment! I'm feeling rather naughty! Cookery demonstration, wine tasting and lunch! I am so full! Coffee and homemade shortbread on arrival in the lounge, then into the kitchen to watch the cookery demo with mulled wine and mini mince pies, then tasting the four course Christmas entertaining menu that is being demonstrated, move into the bar for a Kir Royale and wine tasting of two whites, a red and margaritas with canapés, then into the private dining room for a three course lunch with wine followed by coffee and mince pies. Head Chef, Alan Ford, joined us after the starter. Fabulous day out!