Of the Luxury Family Hotels group, The Ickworth is surely the most remarkable. For anyone, however aristocratic, it would make a memorably impressive place to stay, but the fact that the East Wing of Ickworth, home to the eccentric Hervey family for almost 200 years, now offers fun and relaxation to families, is remarkable indeed. Central to Ickworth is its vast Rotunda and views over formal gardens and the gently rolling Suffolk countryside. The hotel entrance is flanked with rows of Dubarry boots, and families romp happily about. Babies are looked after in the crèche, while older children can tire themselves out in the indoor pool or adventure playground. Parents can escape to the treatment rooms and enjoy a child-free supper, thanks to the baby listening service. Bedrooms range from traditional in style to modern and chic and include interconnecting rooms and suites as well as apartments, located in the separate Ickworth Lodge, a short walk from the main hotel.
Doubles from £110
+44 (0)1284 735350; ickworthhotel.co.uk
Explore the 1800 acres of the country estate and Ickworth House. Ickworth, far from being just a comfortable home, was designed to impress; grand yet functional, austere and splendid and designed to entertain on a grand scale for favoured guests. It was built as an 18th century palace to showcase the many treasures and art collected by the Earl Bishop who despite being a third son, eventually inherited the Estate in 1779.
Dine in the hotel’s 2 Rosette ‘Frederick’s’ Restaurant, winner of the 2018 Norfolk & Suffolk Food and Drink awards, serving locally sourced modern European food with a great wine list to match.
Browse our West Wing Gift Shop and Plant & Garden Shop for seasonal and inspirational gifts. Whether you’re looking for beautiful gifts, a treat for yourself, or a special occasion, with something for all ages from locally sourced food and treats to books, rugs, home and ladies’ accessories, you’re sure to find inspiration in our shop.
CLAIM TO FAME
Ickworth is reputed to have been the scene of wild parties for rich and famous friends of the 7th Marquess of Bristol during his extravagant tenure in the 1980s-90s.
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