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
(345 Member Ratings)
"The excellent food"
Nov 12, 2018
Worcester Park, 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


  • 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-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.

Enjoyed This
(345 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
The excellent food
Other Comments
Room and bathroom where a very good size.
Randolph Nov 12, 2018 Worcester Park, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Welcoming and very dog Friendly
Other Comments
Think their cover photo doesn’t do the hotel justice. Maybe a photo of the barn restaurant would be more enticing.
Cynthia Nov 11, 2018 Tring, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely location/building/room. Good to have 2 easy chairs. Excellent bathroom & shower
Other Comments
Room a bit dark-needs a central light to make reading easier. Staff need to mention later breakfast at weekends. Bit embarrassing arriving too early but we needed to make an early start home
Vincent Nov 11, 2018 Southampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
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Judith Nov 11, 2018 Loughborough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Comfortable room in the Courtyard. The blanket, bowl and biscuits supplied for our dog was a nice touch and appreciated. Meals were excellent which we enjoyed in Eve's Bar where our labrador was welcome to join us. Beautiful setting with lovely walks through fields and along Oulton Broad.
Other Comments
The staff at Ivy House were wonderful, nothing was too much trouble. Very friendly and accommodating.
Julia Nov 09, 2018 Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful gardens, peaceful situation, spacious room and good food
Other Comments
Lovely walk to Oulton Broad from hotel grounds.
Julia Nov 07, 2018 Norwich, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The total experience was 100% nut Lowerstoft town centre is not worth a visit at all. We turned round and went to Alburough who's is lovely
Terence Nov 07, 2018 Dunstable, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The large ,private room with separate bath and shower in adjoining large bathroom.
Other Comments
Nice to have a full choice of bar menu and restaurant menu in the more elegant restaurant.
George Nov 04, 2018 Lincoln, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Staff were great, grounds were lovely, ultra dog friendly - would definitely return
Amanda Nov 04, 2018 London, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Room was comfortable, spacious and clean. Restaurant very attractive and food very good. Staff in reception good and friendly. Breakfast very tasty and staff helpful.
Other Comments
Dinner service very slow even though restaurant very quiet. Young staff were friendly but need training and need to be present in the dining room to assist guests not hiding out the back.
Helen Nov 04, 2018 Kings Langley, United Kingdom

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