We visited Ravenwood Hall with a travelzoo offer of a 6 course tasting menu. On ur arrival we were shown to our room which had an ancient wooden four poster bed which was very comfortable. The slopping floors added to the character and showed the age of the building. We had afternoon tea which was included in the offer and was surprised to have two scones each which obviously we had to eat. That evening we had the tasting menu which was very nice overall but far too much food. I could have stopped after the fish risotto but forged ahead with the lamb and dessert course. The dining room was very welcoming and had a good feel about it. The service was just right. I had a good nights sleep but was woken up with the sound of the reception staff talking so although the room was nice with great views perhaps an alternative room would be quieter. Breakfast was served in a smaller dining room and had a great choice from kedgeree to local ham by the happiest older lady who just made the experience more enjoyable.
Decor and cleanliness was good. I would like to go back in the summer and sit outside and maybe use the pool. I smiled at the name plates put on the bedroom doors "Mr and Mrs ....." a bit of an assumption about the booking as neither I nor the other couple had rings on. But in saying that it did make it feel more personal despite not being correct. I wonder how many Smiths are displayed ? : )
I forgot to complete the review form in the hotel but in saying that I don't have anything negative to say in this forum. Maybe think about having a map of the grounds for those who fancy a stroll ? Overall, a beautiful building, it would be a lovely wedding venue, the tartan carpets cried out for a Burns night in January ( I wonder if there is an opportunity for a temporary dance floor in the smaller dining room. ) I can imagine it with the fires lit and snow on the ground. a very personal touch with all the family photos displayed, clearly the owner is very proud of his family. For those of you with travelzoo vouchers, you will enjoy this one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the most historic hotels in Bury St Edmunds, steeped in nearly 500 years of history. Set in seven acres of landscaped woodlands and gardens, this country house hotel is easily accessible from the main A14. Whether your visit is for business or pleasure, you will find a winter fireside welcome and a summer poolside welcome. Whatever your needs, you will find a little luxury in the atmosphere of a country home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ravenwood Hall Country Suffolk
- Ravenwood Hall Country Hotel Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk