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Ivy House Country Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • The hotel is in the Broads National Park in Suffolk -- within 21 acres of gardens, lawns, ponds and marshes
  • The 2-AA-Rosette Crooked Barn Restaurant is in a converted 18th-century thatched barn, on the banks of Oulton Broad
  • The seaside towns of Southwold and Great Yarmouth are less than 30 minutes' drive

98% (538 Member Ratings)

"A lovely setting. Our room was spacious and comfortable. The dining room is beautiful. Staff were excellent."
May 22, 2017
Essex, 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 promenade and sandy beaches to the south of Lowestoft are a 10-minute drive from the hotel, with plenty of options for coastal walks. Local attractions including 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 with 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 Martin Whitelock serves a menu of local and seasonal ingredients in the characterful 16th-century barn. 

All guests get homemade biscuits on arrival.

Click here to purchase a 2-AA-Rosette meal for two at the hotel's 16th-century barn, for £35.

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 check-in time: 2pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 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.
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.

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Customer Service available 24 hours

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

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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98% Positive
(538 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Ivy House Country Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.5 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
A lovely setting. Our room was spacious and comfortable. The dining room is beautiful. Staff were excellent.
Linda May 22, 2017 Essex, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good food. Pleasant staff. Good bed.
Michael May 20, 2017 Luton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Difficult to chose one specific thing - all very good
Barry May 20, 2017 Marlow, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food was amazing;the location was superb and the grounds were beautiful.
Stella May 17, 2017 Saint Leonards-on-sea, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The quiet and relaxing ambience
Eddie May 16, 2017 Colchester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The room, staff, food and surrounding grounds were all excellent.
Erica May 15, 2017 Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Everything was very good
Alan May 15, 2017 Maldon , United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great location and surroundings, excellent and always friendly service. A lovely place to unwind.
Hugues May 13, 2017 Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The setttjng and food
Other Comments
Total experience was great, very helpful staff. The only real key down was our room. Although it was clean, the furniture was dated and the leather chairs were completely threadbare, there was no headboard on the bed. The rooms were all detailed in the broucher as luxurious, our room certainly didn't reflect the description. Very disappointed.
Linda May 11, 2017 Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The atmosphere
Judith May 11, 2017 Cambridge, United Kingdom

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