The Ickworth

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Why We Love It

  • This unique hotel is part of a 1,800-acre National Trust estate in Suffolk
  • You can borrow bikes to explore the grounds, play a game of tennis, or unwind in the indoor swimming pool and beauty treatment rooms
  • The 2-AA-Rosette Frederick's Restaurant serves top-notch modern cuisine

"Think Brideshead Revisited with a dash of Downton Abbey" -- The Daily Telegraph
Enjoyed This
(90 Member Ratings)
"The fantastic setting.Excellent staff. Unique experience of having access to the National Trust property/grounds after hours."
Mar 04, 2018
East Sussex, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

Stansted Airport is an hour's drive from the hotel and Bury St Edmunds railway station is a 15-minute taxi ride. Parking is free.

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Tucked away at the end of a long driveway, The Ickworth is a "rejuvenating retreat" (The Daily Telegraph) in the village of Horringer in Suffolk. The Grade I-listed Palladian building sits in extensive grounds roamed by deer, on an estate that was once owned by the aristocratic Hervey family and the Earl of Bristol. Today it is home to a hotel and a living museum run by the National Trust.

You can explore the 1,800 acres of parkland and play tennis or croquet in the gardens, or explore the National Trust house with a free pass from reception. Children can burn off energy in the fairy garden, with its trampoline and Wendy house.

Families can borrow mini wellies and there's a choice of 400 DVDs at reception, with daily film showings in the cinema. There is also an Ofsted-registered crèche (£10 per child, per two hours), a baby-listening service and babysitters (extra charges apply). Older children and adults can hang out in the games room, which has PlayStations, Wii consoles and Xbox 360s, as well as table tennis and table football.

The fine-dining Frederick's Restaurant overlooks the Italianate gardens and is adults-only in the evenings, whereas the Conservatory restaurant serves more informal fare including pizzas, steak and antipasti platters.

Bedrooms are split between the east wing of the manor and the lodge, which is half a mile from the main house. The restaurant and treatment rooms are in the east wing, and the indoor swimming pool is in an external building. Dogs can stay in some rooms for £15 per dog, per night.

You can try your hand at clay-pigeon shooting at Wild Tracks Off-Road Activity Park, spend an afternoon horse-riding at Barrow Hall Stables or fish at Larkwood Trout Fishery (all within 25 minutes' drive of the hotel; extra charges apply). The market town of Bury St Edmunds is a 10-minute drive away and Cambridge is less than 50 minutes' drive.

From the press:

  • "Unabashedly grand from the moment you head up the estate's long drive with the striking rotunda at the end" -- The Daily Telegraph

  • "Indulgence for all the family" -- The Independent

  • A "luxurious hotel that leaves a memorable impression" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2017



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Kids' club
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Games room
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Tennis courts
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Kitchenette in some rooms
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
  • Internet access


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra guest possible in the Lodge Double Room only. Infant's cot/crib and extra bed are available on request, free of charge, for children aged 12 and under. This does not include breakfast or dinner, which will be charged as taken. There is no extra bed available for adults.

Pets: Dogs are allowed on request and will be charged at £15 per day. Charges will be added to your bill.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Enjoyed This
(90 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Ickworth Hotel & Apartments (part of Luxury Family Hotels) over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.4 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The fantastic setting.Excellent staff. Unique experience of having access to the National Trust property/grounds after hours.
Other Comments
Well organised for adult dinning only ( no children) .
Nigel Mar 04, 2018 East Sussex, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
We enjoyed the freedom to walk round the gardens, and the national trust areas
Other Comments
Although we has a fantastic time, we were a bit disappointed with the Fredericksburg restaurant, our potatoes were very hard and we had finished our meal befor the waitress even asked if everything was OK!
pat Feb 26, 2018 Maidstone, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Everything- beautiful room- great food- superb location and enjoyed facilities
Marilyn P Feb 09, 2018 Southwold, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
All the staff were exceptionally good,service levels were high and they all worked as a team.
Julian Feb 02, 2018 Northampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The beautiful national trust gardens, being able to hire bikes and the swimming pool.
Other Comments
Really nice hotel, easy to get to and lovely food. Seemed very child friendly and the sitting rooms were comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.The staff and service were excellent except for breakfast which took ages to arrive. I would love to stay here again but it would be too expensive unless it was a Travelzoo deal, we would love to take children with us but again that could only happen with a discounted price.
Ruth Jan 31, 2018 Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The peace and quiet. A very chilled out relaxing break.
Other Comments
Exceptional facilities for couples or families, warm friendly atmosphere and stunning surroundings. You will feel like Lord of the manor and be treated as such. 100% 5 Star.
Matthew Feb 06, 2018 Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff were very accommodating and did all they could to improve the situation.
Other Comments
Mostly the evening meal at Fredericks. On the first night, the steak was very tough and had to be returned, when presented again there was no change. On the second night, the starter of smoked salmon was very minimal. Considering the cost of each item on the menu it was not up to 4* catering. Likewise with the breakfast in the conservatory, which was buffet style in the hallway. We complained about this stating that this service did not come up to 4* service and noticed the next day that it was changed to waitress service, which was much better. On another point, the mattress on the bed in our very large bedroom, was a lot to be desired, with springs pressing into my wife's side, so we had to ask for a topper which was supplied.
Estelle Jan 11, 2018 Harrow, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The consideration for families and the gorgeous settings.
Other Comments
Thank you for a lovely stay. My wife enjoyed her birthday treat.
Idris Jan 20, 2018 Croydon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Character room in lodge.
Paul Jan 22, 2018 CaterhamCaterham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Perfect for families, fantastic staff and delicious home made food. They really couldn’t do enough for us and our little ones. Great added extras too like free bike hire, use of the cinema and swimming. We will definitely be returning!
Other Comments
The only thing I change was the bed - Is was very firm and I had to ask for an extra duvet to put on top.
Vikki Jan 14, 2018 Watford, United Kingdom

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