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Ivy House Country Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • This Suffolk hotel sits in 21 acres of gardens, lawns, ponds and marshes within the Broads National Park
  • The 2-AA-Rosette 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

Enjoyed This
(327 Member Ratings)
"Accommodation and staff friendly"
18. Oct 2018
Broxbourne, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

Parking is free. Lowestoft station is a 15-minute drive from the hotel, and Oulton Broad South station is less than five minutes' drive away. A taxi from either station to the hotel will cost £5-£8, each way. The hotel is five minutes' drive from the A12.

Rooms & Rates

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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 village 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 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 to enjoy at one of the many picnic tables within the grounds.

For fine dining, head to the Crooked Barn Restaurant, which holds two 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.

From the press:

  • "The kitchen makes excellent use of the region's produce in some eclectic dishes" -- The AA Restaurant Guide 2018

  • "The attractively decorated bedrooms are housed in garden wings, and many have lovely views of the grounds to the countryside beyond" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2018



  • 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: A limited number of infant's cots/cribs and extra beds are available, on request only and corresponding charges will apply as follows: £15 per child per night, for children aged 10 and under; £25 per child per night, for children aged 11-15; £35 per person per night, for older children and adults. This includes breakfast. 
Please use the Special Request field on the checkout page to request an extra bed/cot and 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. 

Pets: Pets are allowed on request: £15 per stay, 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 Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm AET

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.

Enjoyed This
(327 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Ivy House Country Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.5 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.5 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Accommodation and staff friendly
Other Comments
Excellent rooms and location is a good base, breakfast was very good.
Colin 18. Oct 2018 Broxbourne, United Kingdom
Other Comments
All staff very friendly and helpful.
peter 18. Oct 2018 Harpenden, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location, Friendly Staff, Excellent Food
Other Comments
Exceeded our expectations
Cliff 17. Oct 2018 Benfleet, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Excellent food
Susan 17. Oct 2018 Castle Camps, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Quietness,can go for walks without using the car , good food , nice rooms
Nicola 17. Oct 2018 New Milton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Room was lovely, as was the whole building. Location and surrounding area was excellent.
Other Comments
Staff was very good, but would say young waitresses could have been a bit better trained.
Jean 18. Oct 2018 Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Enjoyed the room (NO 6) but noticed it was the smallest. Would have liked to see the others to compare but anyway quite novel sleeping in a stable!
Other Comments
Fan noise from the bathroom very noisy,so not a relaxing bath time,bathroom huge though. Outside was not lit so made it dangerous (unseen steps) to return to the room after the evening meal. Reported to reception. Food excellent,good variety and very well presented,nice friendly staff.
Ronald 12. Oct 2018 Harlow, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Hospitality we enjoyed everything really
Other Comments
It is a place where we will go again everything was fantastic to be highly recommended, excellent value for money.
Ben 10. Oct 2018 Cambridge, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location and food
Other Comments
Excellent staff , exceptionally slow service in restaurant
Barbara 11. Oct 2018 Peterborough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location and food
Other Comments
The staff, location and food were all very good. The staff were all friendly and helpful. The only slight problem was that on two of our three nights there the service in the restaurant was very slow, far too long between courses. Perhaps we were unlucky.
Christine 12. Oct 2018 Orpington, United Kingdom

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