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
(474 Member Ratings)
"Being able to take the dog"
Dec 05, 2017
Nr. Eastbourne, 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 within 21 acres of gardens, lawns, ponds, marshes and thatched barns.

The hotel is in the Broads National Park, and you can stroll into the village of Oulton Broad directly from the hotel's gardens. Full of scenic waterways and wildlife, the national park also 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.

An extensive refurbishment programme was completed in 2014, and included the addition of Eve's Bar, which 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 picnic 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 2017

  • "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 2017



  • 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: £15 per child, per night, for children aged 10 and under. This includes breakfast.
A limited number of extra beds are available on request: £25 per child, per night for children aged 11-15; £35 per person, per night for older children and adults. This includes breakfast. Please confirm the age of the third person.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

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.

Additional details: For guests booking the Travelzoo Deal and the Travelzoo Deal - 2-Night Package, dinner must be booked in advance directly with the hotel during the following times: Monday-Thursday 7.00-9.30pm; Friday and Saturday 6.30-9.30pm or Sunday from 12.30pm-7.45pm. Please phone the hotel directly on +44 1502 501353 as soon as possible after booking to confirm your dinner time.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available 24 hours

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

Enjoyed This
(474 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Ivy House Country Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.5 Ambiance
4.5 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Being able to take the dog
Other Comments
Staff were very friendly and accommodating
Jeanne Dec 05, 2017 Nr. Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
We will be going back next year
Ken Molyneux Dec 04, 2017 Bedford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent service
Other Comments
Rather cold in the conservatory area
Terry Dec 03, 2017 saxmundham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
the whole thing
Emily Nov 28, 2017 Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendliness and helpfulness of ALL the staff
Carl Nov 26, 2017 Platt, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Close to broads so nice walks.
CAROL Nov 23, 2017 NORTHAMPTON, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovley spacious rooms
Other Comments
Good location for touring Suffolk
Emma Nov 22, 2017 Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The restaurant and food were excellent! The building invwhich the restaurant is situated is amazing - a very old threshing barn.
Other Comments
The driveway to the hotel is a gravel track, very narrow and with lots of deep potholes. Carpark is gravel covered. The gardens around the hotel were colourful (it is Autumn!) and well kept. Our room was large and comfortable, but the tiled walls in the corner by the shower were slightly mouldy, and so we kept our soap well away! The hot tap on the basin kept sticking and required some force to make it operate, but the bed was comfy and once we had adjusted the radiator thermostats, the room was warm.
William Nov 21, 2017 Bury-St-Edmunds, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location was superb
Other Comments
Limited choice for evening meal, but breakfast was great and the rooms very comfortable
Ruth Nov 21, 2017 Ripley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It was a lovely quiet hotel close to the A12 but you could not hear the traffic as you were in the country close to Oulton Broad. All the staff were very friendly and welcoming. A credit to the hotel.
Rodney Nov 20, 2017 Beckenham, United Kingdom

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