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
Located not far from Ipswich in the village of Hintlesham this old building looks amazing, with all the big windows, lovely facade, large chimney pots and the big open fires within lots of the lounge areas.
The ladies on reception were very welcoming and explained everything and then showed us to the bedroom.
The bedroom was lovely and big with plenty of room and separate seating area, large bath and a separate shower, it had everything you needed. But the carpet was very badly marked and the walls needed some repair work and painting as it looked very tired.
Loved sitting in the lounge areas before dinner with the fire blazing away enjoying a drink and chatting with friends.
The restaurant is formal and not much atmosphere but the staff very good. The food I would say is the best asset of the hotel, each course was excellent and the wine list is extensive and good quality.
The stay overall was very pleasant and as I say a little tired but a lovely place to stay and would highly recommend.
We also took a walk to the golf club after breakfast and it has a lovely club house with a seating area outside that during the summer I would imagine gets very busy with everyone watching the passing golfers and a nice cool drink.
Hintlesham isn't the most sophisticated hotel you'll ever go to - the furniture isn't stylish, the lighting in the bar and reception is dark yet deeply unflattering, the carpets are stained and everything is a bit tired. But the bones of the building are lovely, with a panelled dining room and good proportions to the very quiet superior room we stayed in. It felt very comfortable, with soft towels and a nice bath with quality toiletries (even though they were single use plastic). I've reviewed the restaurant separately but the breakfast was excellent - freshly cooked to order, including very good eggs benedict and fresh croissants. It's a good option for the area, which isn't overflowing with decent hotels.
This was a wedding anniversary trip and it couldn't have been better. A beautiful building in a superb and peaceful environment. We loved our bedroom at the top with its creaking floor and its view across the ground. Very comfortable bed and if the toilet had flushed properly, it would have been perfect... this said, perfection is always a very relative and personal concept.
Service was superb, very attentive but never fussy, both at reception and in the restaurant where we had an excellent dinner and excellent breakfast.