My family and I enjoyed a special celebration at this hotel set in extensive grounds. From the greeting upon arrival until the departure, service was faultless. As we were a larger than average family party I was able to see several of the rooms on offer and all of the rooms were beautifully appointed. All had king size beds and several of the rooms were large enough to easily accommodate the young children with us. The dining experience was excellent with special choices for the children. it felt like being in the game 'Cluedo' when we all met for 'drinks' in the library as the hotel has such an interesting history and many intrigues have taken place there.
In the basement activities are available for the children but this was all where the last marquis had his shooting gallery and there remains a door peppered with bullet holes. Adjacent to the hotel is Ickworth House which is another bonus, entry being free to hotel guests. Wellington boots are provided for those who want to enjoy the pleasure of walking through the estate (it was December). There is also a cafe a short walk from Ickworth House with a good menu and reasonable prices. For a treat try the award winning scones complete with butter, jam and clotted cream so the 'real deal'. The only minor criticism is that on a short stay the check out time does not allow enough time for exploration.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The East Wing at Ickworth was home to the Hervey family before it passed to the National Trust. The surroundings are as grand as ever but the idea that “children should be seen but not heard” has gone right out of the hundred or more windows. Where else can you go that offers luxurious surroundings, outstanding facilities, exquisite cuisine and family friendly activities? Ickworth is unique. It's also one of the finest luxury family hotels in the UK.we have recently added a Cinema room to our facilities and show children's films every day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ickworth Hotel Horringer
- The Ickworth Hotel Suffolk/Horringer, Bury St Edmunds