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Ivy House Country Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This Suffolk hotel sits in 21 acres of gardens, lawns, ponds and marshes within the Broads National Park
  • The AA-Rosette-awarded Crooked Barn Restaurant is in a converted 16th-century thatched barn on the banks of Oulton Broad
  • Popular seaside towns Southwold and Great Yarmouth are less than 30 minutes' drive away

"Good food, big room and excellent value for money"
Feb 25, 2020 - Hertford, United Kingdom
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Ivy House Country Hotel is close to the coastal town of Lowestoft, and sits on the banks of Oulton Broad. Its 21 acres of grounds include gardens, lawns, ponds, marshes and a thatched barn.

The hotel is in the Broads National Park, and you can stroll into the town of Oulton Broad directly from the hotel's gardens. The park is full of scenic waterways and wildlife, and has plenty of walking and cycling routes, or you can travel through it by boat and moor up to explore the nearby villages and waterside pubs.

The hotel is a 10-minute drive from Lowestoft's promenade, and beyond that the sandy beaches south of the town offer plenty of options for coastal walks. Local attractions Africa Alive!, Pleasurewood Hills and the seaside town of Southwold are within 25 minutes' drive. The coastal resort of Great Yarmouth and the Suffolk Coast National Nature Reserve are less than 30 minutes' drive away.

Eve's Bar & Lounge has panoramic views over the gardens, ponds and over to the Broads. It's a great spot for a cream tea, a pre-dinner drink or a bar snack. You can also order a hamper and have a picnic at one of the many picnic tables within the grounds.

For fine dining, head to the Crooked Barn Restaurant, which holds an AA Rosettes. Head chef Keith Parton serves a menu of local and seasonal ingredients in the characterful 16th-century barn. 

All guests get homemade biscuits on arrival.



  • Bar
  • Restaurant

Room amenities

  • Coffee / tea-making facilities


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Hair-dryer


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Breakfast for children is included
Breakfast for adults is included
Please use the Special Request field to confirm the age of the third guest.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy and prices.
Extra guest charges will apply as follows:
£15 per night for children 10 and under.
£25 per night for children 11 to 15.
£35 per night for older children and adults.

A limited number of infant's cots/cribs and extra beds are available, on request only.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at £15 per pet per stay.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Pets are allowed in Courtyard Double Rooms only.

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.

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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.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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(489 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Ivy House Country Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.5 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.5 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Good food, big room and excellent value for money
Keith Feb 25, 2020 Hertford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The hotel and rooms are really comfortable. Evening meal was excellent, lovely roast beef with lots of vegetables.
Other Comments
Staff are really pleasant and helpful
Susan Feb 25, 2020 Camberley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Had a lovely stay rooms were great food was delicious and setting was perfect would definitely return
David Feb 24, 2020 Wickford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Nice location and the rooms were a good size.
Other Comments
Service in the restaurant, the breakfast and the rooms were a bit noisy.
Gary Feb 24, 2020 Hampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
This was such a lovely find for us. All the staff were friendly, helpful and very efficient. The accommodation was clean and comfortable and the grounds and gardens very nice. I shall remember the lovely meals which as I am a vegetarian I cannot often say. Both myself and my non-vegetarian husband had really good meals.
Other Comments
I like what the owners are doing to the site with clearing the way to walk to Oulton Broad and accessing the Suffolk Wildlife Trusts Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve. We saw Egyptian geese and Chinese Water Deer in the hotel's grounds. I'm sure that later in the year it will be even better for bird and wildlife enthusiasts. I'd like to return at some time.
Patricia Feb 23, 2020 Bury Saint Edmunds, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely relaxing hotel, with lovely staff. Food very good.
Other Comments
They made our dog Alfie very welcome.
Amanda Feb 22, 2020 Dunstable, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great value through Travel Zoo. Service very good and friendly. Nothing too much trouble. Food above average too. and grounds lovely
paul Feb 21, 2020 Chertsey, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
We loved our 3 night break at Ivy Hotel. The food was fantastic, breakfast varied and extremely tasty, the room spacious, it had separate bathtub and shower, both brilliant. The place lends itself for walking holiday. So much to do all around it.
Georgia Feb 21, 2020 Farnham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Room 17 is very big and well appointed. We found the bed a little uncomfortable but I am sure others would love it. Lovely quiet location when we stayed. It was beautifully clean on arrival and kept that way during our stay. The bathroom was really large. Nice shower with rain fall and moveable shower heads.
Other Comments
The food here was fantastic. In the restaurant you have the restaurant menu, the bar menu, and the specials menu to choose from. The food was well cooked, a little different without being overly pretentious. Breakfast was also very good and both the waiting and kitchen staff were very accommodating in providing just what we wanted. It is unusual to find staff so positive about their place of work. We spoke to Matthew the bar manager and his positive attitude about his role and his employers was refreshing. We were surprised to find that this was only a temporary job for him. Overall, an absolute wonderful stay. We will be back.
Steven Feb 20, 2020 Biggleswade, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very relaxing stay.
Other Comments
Staff friendly, food lovely.
Richard Feb 19, 2020 Romford, United Kingdom

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