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 had lunch at Hintlesham Hall to celebrate two birthdays and an anniversary. The Sunday lunch menu was excellent with enough choice for everyone and great value. Over three hours we enjoyed drinks in the bar, lunch in one of the two dining rooms, coffee and chocolates in the lounge and a walk in the grounds. All very satisfying and enjoyable. Would definitely book again....and maybe stay the night!!
Stayed here recently over night with a couple of friends and eat dinner in the hotel.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay rooms comfortable, food delicious and staff very helpful
would certainly stay again and wouldn't hesitate to recommend
We're running out of things to say about Hintlesham Hall! We've been lucky to visit a number of times and have never been let down or disappointed. This time was no different. From the moment you arrive you are in another world, the surroundings are luxurious and well kept, the staff are always so attentive- even remembering my off the menu favourite cocktail! They treat everyone like royalty and it just makes the stay perfect. The food is always spot on too, imaginative and always something for the picky veggie.(my other half). Every room we've stayed in has been clean, well appointed and very comfortable. Just writing about the place makes me want to come again tomorrow!
When we were arrived we weren’t greeted by anyone, we had to go up to a staff member and ask where we were sitting. She didn’t even know that earlier that day we had a phone call asking if we wanted to sit outside,which was nice to be asked. Then she finally found out and we sat outside, then we waited a good 20/30 minutes for her to come out and take our drinks order. She was quite grumpy with no smile on her face at all. But I have to say the food was fantastic overall, however we phoned up and said that one of our guests couldn’t have butter. Instead of doing just one stand for him with no butter, they did all the stands with no butter. Another point would be no staff came round and asked if we wanted more tea or coffee, we had to go and ask. Overall the surroundings are wonderful but I feel some small improvements need to be made.
An attractive old building, with a quiet character in the week, when we stayed. Lots of nice old rooms that you can meet up or relax in. Decent quality food, and service, with staff always happy to help, but not in your space. Expected to dress up a bit for dinner, and most of the older clientele did this, though we got away with a bit more relaxed attire.