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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
(359 Member Ratings)
"Lovely breakfasts, plenty of choice and well cooked."
11. Aug 2018
Morden, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

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. Parking is free. 

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 has held two AA Rosettes since 2004. 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


  • Hair-dryer


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • 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 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-Sun, 8am-6pm AET

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

Enjoyed This
(359 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Ivy House Country Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.5 Ambiance
4.5 Location
4.5 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Lovely breakfasts, plenty of choice and well cooked.
Other Comments
Don't be strong armed into booking a table in the restaurant for dinner. The menu is limited and pricey. Ask for a table in the bar as the menu is more extensive and much better value. Wish I had known before we visited!
Catherine 11. Aug 2018 Morden, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Peaceful place to visit, the whole place is delightfully laid out offering plenty of room for our stay, great food served for evening meal/ breakfast.
Other Comments
Two small things, they need to provide proper sized cups in the rooms and at breakfast as they only provided mini sized cups, the gardens need tidying up around the courtyard rooms and buildings as overgrown in places with brambles etc etc..
Mike 08. Aug 2018 Slough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The peace and quiet as you could unwind and relax.
Other Comments
The food in the restaurant was not that good.
mona 05. Aug 2018 Wickford, Essex, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The whole package is lovely from the time you arrive to the time you leave, the rooms are large, clean and have everything you need. The staff are so helpful and friendly, nothing negative to say really.
Diane 04. Aug 2018 Ipswich, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location suited us, the room allocated was excellent and the breakfast and evening meals were to a high standard. The staff and service were great nothing was too much trouble, which made for a very enjoyable three days break. We would definitely return.
Derek 04. Aug 2018 Iver, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Easy to find, plenty of parking,pleasant grounds around the hotel. Helpful staff, pleasant and clean bar and restaurant.
Dorothy 02. Aug 2018 Bewdley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Difficult to say as everything was good.
Other Comments
It would have been nice to have air conditioning
Velma 01. Aug 2018 London, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
All aspects of stay.
Amanda 28. Jul 2018 Colchester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Our room was very comfortable and was more like a suite
Other Comments
Our room was very comfortable and was more like a suite.
Lynn 25. Jul 2018 Dartford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Easy access from London, great surroundings, value for money
Kim 24. Jul 2018 London, United Kingdom

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