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 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

"Food was fantastic and staff excellwnt"
Nov 7, 2019 - Northallerton, 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 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.



  • 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


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 Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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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(480 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
Food was fantastic and staff excellwnt
Christine Nov 07, 2019 Northallerton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great food and lovely staff.
Chris Nov 07, 2019 Addlestone, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely hotel in a great location on the edge of the broad and marshes. Very large and comfortable room. Food was good too.
Other Comments
Nearby village and Lowestoft are not very memorable. We had dinner in the hotel each night as nothing else locally appealed. Great train journey from Oulton Broad North to Norwich across the broads - recommended
Evelyn Nov 07, 2019 Hythe, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Pleasant and helpful staff
Maria Nov 06, 2019 Cambs, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Nice hotel, friendly staff and lovely food
Margaret Nov 06, 2019 Cranleigh, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
We thought Ivy House was lovely, a bit quirky but we like that. Our room was spacious, very clean and had a very comfortable bed.
Other Comments
We ate in the restaurant both nights and have to say that the staff there were all very young and seemed to lack training. There was no-one to show you to a table and when we sat down it took a while to get a menu. The first night we had to ask for our dish of vegetables and by the time they came we had nearly finished the rest! I ordered a decaf coffee which even another member of staff agreed was undrinkable. The second night a staff member did not know how to increase the heat from a heater. We felt it was all down to a lack of training and are writing to the hotel to that effect as we loved the hotel and would like it to succeed.
William Nov 06, 2019 Grantham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
From booking, through to reception, the room, the staff, the food. the whole experience was wonderful. The hotel is located away from main roads so is very quiet (for those for whom this is a priority) and is backed by beautiful countryside down to the water.
Martin Nov 05, 2019 Canvey Island, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very good dinner
Sarah Nov 03, 2019 Wallingford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It was a lovely experience
Adrian Nov 03, 2019 Slough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely food and the location, near the broads, meant we could enjoy a walk before our evening meal. Good choice of food which was a delight to eat.
Alison Nov 02, 2019 Brentwood, United Kingdom

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