Fodor's Expert Review Ickworth Hotel

Off A143, 5 miles southwest of Bury St. Edmunds, Horringer, Suffolk, IP29 5QE, England

You can live like nobility in the east wing of the Italianate Ickworth House, set on 1,800 acres. 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.

PROS

  • gorgeous grounds
  • relaxed atmosphere
  • family-friendly vibe

CONS

  • price is a little steep for what you get
  • two-night minimum on weekends
  • "family friendly" can feel more like "overrun with kids"
  • "family friendly" can feel more like "overrun with kids"
  • price can double at certain times in summer
  • "family-friendly" can feel more like "overrun with kids"

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
FamilyHistorical
Sophisticated
Countryside
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 01284-735350

HOTEL DETAILS

43 rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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