Off A143, 5 miles southwest of Bury St. Edmunds, Horringer, IP29 5QE, England
You can live like nobility in the east wing of the Italianate Ickworth House, set on 1,800 acres of grounds. The splendid public rooms have stylish mid-20th century furniture and striking modern art. This look extends to most bedrooms, though some still have luxe antique furnishings. The rows of tiny Wellies in the porch attest to the hotel's emphasis on being family-friendly. Children are catered to with a free day-care room (for kids under six), a game center, and a cinema room, where kids' meals are served between 5 and 6 daily. Adults can dine in the upscale Frederick's restaurant or the more casual Conservatory. Kids also get special menus, and the kitchen even provides freshly made baby food. There's also a small spa, although you may need to book treatments ahead at busy times.
- gorgeous grounds
- relaxed atmosphere
- family-friendly vibe
- price is a little steep for what you get
- two-night minimum on weekends
- "family friendly" can feel more like "overrun with kids"
Rate Includes: Breakfast
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