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“Beautiful setting but needs investment” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Seckford Hall
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Woodbridge
London
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81 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Beautiful setting but needs investment”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2010

Amazing Elizabethan property in beautiful setting. We were on a weekend package which included a delicious dinner on Saturday night (including chocolates and petit fours with coffee) help yourself cream tea and a full cooked breakfast all for £215 for 2 of us - good value. The next night was £165 for the room alone. The room itself was pleasant with dual aspect - but see more below

Downsides were
- the superior room was just about ok size wise - room to walk around the bed but not much more. (Peeking into other rooms they were tiny - and in some cases the bed was actually pushed against the wall)
- our bathroom was very poor - circa 1980 with a plastic bath and cheaply fitted (but our friends' bathroom was more modern)
- virtually no goodies in the way of shampoos etc - 2 very small bottles (not replaced when used on the first night)
- tea/coffee etc in the room with a good selection of teas etc but again not replenished after the first night
- there was a stray dress left in our wardrobe which clearly hadn't been checked following the previous departure
- door lock didn't work properly
- breakfast was rather disappointing all round. The buffet was very sparse, we were told there was no earl grey tea and we had to remind them we were there in order to take our order
- swimming pool in the courtyard complex opposite was very nice but the changing rooms were pretty poor - more like school changing rooms with very poor facilities
- beauty salon - very nice beautician but again rather cramped and tatty room
- found ourselves locked out on our return on Sat night notwithstanding we returned before midnight as requested and had to stand outside in the rain whilst knocking repeatedly on the front door
- check out invoice included an item for £33 listed as "Mains" whereas the dinner had been part of the package - and was removed when we queried it

- And everywhere we went there were laminated signs telling us what we couldn't do!!
- we weren't allowed to close the curtains in our bedroom - why not?
- we were only allowed one towel in the spa - and were told that if we wanted to reuse it we should take it back to dry it in our room!!
- and when we checked out our invoice was stamped - not with a hope you enjoyed your stay message - but to ask us whether we had returned our key!

So overall whilst we enjoyed our stay and didn't think it was bad value for money we were left with the slight impression that we were treated as children - and there is certainly a need for an ongoing programme of investment

But overall the hotel was very busy - including lots of locals coming in for Sunday lunch - so clearly they are doing something right - and overall we had a pleasant stay

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Lavinia02
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2010

Fantastic location and setting, ideal for evening ball / event. As mentioned by others, check your bill for correct room rate (child addition-which may not be mentioned when booking). Be aware of costly and unneccessary additions to bill due to "damage" even when caused by illness. What should have been a great weekend was ruined by the attitude of the owners.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank familyof3London
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Cambs, England
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2010

We stayed for a Thursday and Friday night for a short break. The building is a lovely 16th century manor type house but with modern facilities. The shower was good although the bath a bit slippery to stand on. One small grumble - the corners of the bathroom could do with dusting and our toilet roll actually ran out at the end of our stay. The bed was actually too soft for us as we would prefer a firmer mattress, but the night was quiet and dark with just the sound of the water feature in the courtyard below. Our room had a view over this and the lake and gardens which are lovely. We had a cup of tea one afternoon looking over the garden and brought out to us by the helpful waiter. The pool is a bonus (although quite small - my husband managed four strokes per length) and the situation, just outside of Woodbridge, is good. Breakfast is also good - the toasted brown bread was lovely - slightly malty. Kippers were delicious as were the fruit salad selections, but my poached egg was slightly cool and undercooked. In all, we did really enjoy our stay but had a few minor gripes.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Anne51
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Suffolk
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2010

My husband and I stayed at Seckford Hall on an 'Afternoon tea, dinner, bed & breakfast' basis booked directly through the hotel. The price was a little high at £180 for one nights stay but it was a present for my husband's birthday so I hoped it would be worth it...and my goodness it was.

From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel extremely welcome, a young porter carried our luggage for us and made sure we were happy with the room. There was a wedding on at the time of our stay and although we shared the beautiful garden with the wedding guests, we were given very personal attention by the friendly and efficient waiter who served us our cream tea.

We booked our evening meal for 7.30pm at which time there were already many guests dining and the restaurant had a lovely atmosphere. The menu was extensive and I ordered the lobster (which had a supplement cost) and it was absolutely mouth-watering, the best I have tasted. My husband had the steak which he found equally delicious.

We found the hotel to be beautifully decorated throughout, in a very elegant but classic style. Our bedroom was immaculate with beautiful antique furniture and a lovely view across the gardens.

All in all we had a fabulous stay and would love to go back sometime. A little on the high side price wise, but you get what you pay for and Seckford Hall really was superb in every way.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank BonappetitSuffolk
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Suffolk
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2010

What a pleasure to stay in a hotel that had warm & welcoming staff, clean & well equipped rooms and a shower/bath that did not require a degree to operate!

Our bed was one of the most comfortable that we have slept on in a hotel & the room layout was very well designed (superb views!) with good storage, ample plug sockets & so quiet.

To be honest there was nothing that we could fault, our stay at the Seckford was a real tonic. We shall look forward to returning in the very near future and will most certainly have no hesitation in recommending the hotel to business colleagues & friends.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank SPLSuffolk
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Norfolk
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62 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2009

As one of the other reviewers has already said Seckford Hall has some very good points and others that let it down. The setting, even on a wet and windy day in November had something rather special and serene about it, and the welcome on arrival was friendly and helpful.
We stayed in the Dairy Cottage in the courtyard (our own little house with an upstairs and downstairs) which was charming and although in need of a bit of TLC in some areas it was warm and spacious. Unfortunately a side effect of the warmth was a droning that went on all through the night and day, which we assumed was the heating system, not good for a light sleeper…
The food was good, in both the hotel restaurant and club bar, but not as exceptional as we had been expecting. In both venues the service was attentive and efficient, from the sombre French twins in the hotel to the friendly ladies in the club bar.
The lounge areas of the hotel were generally pleasant and peaceful and despite a warning from another reviewer about the blue and gold décor, we didn’t have a problem with it at all…
One last thing to say would be ‘check your bill’… we had a query or two and found ourselves behind another couple of guests who also had questions. The downside is that once it was sorted out we ended up paying more…
Would we go back? Maybe, but might choose to stay in the hotel itself, with a more up-to-date bathroom and quieter nights.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank florriemay06
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Norfolk
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2009

This was our third visit to Seckford and as before we were not disappointed. The bathrooms have been beautifully reburbished although I have to say there was something rather appealling in the old turquoise suites!! Our room was very comfortable and the service was attentive and professional. We have always thought the standard of food to be excellent...a good choice of menu..and served promptly and very professionally. I will always look forward to my next visit and would have no hesitation in recommending the hotel to others.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank tuesdayclaire
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Additional Information about Seckford Hall

Property: Seckford Hall
Address: Seckford Hall Cottage 12 Seckford Hall Road | Great Bealings, Woodbridge IP13 6NU, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Woodbridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Woodbridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Seckford Hall 4*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful four-star luxury hotel and spa offering an ideal base to explore the county of Suffolk - from the local Suffolk coast featuring popular destinations such as Southwold and Aldeburgh to Constable country visiting villages such as Flatford and Dedham. Steeped in history, the magnificent red brick Tudor building is over 500 years old and is complemented by the modern facilities of the newly refurbished Seckford Spa, adjacent to the main hotel building. Perfect for business or pleasure, the hotel is also a wonderful Suffolk wedding venue with acres of beautiful grounds and a lake. ... more   less 
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