The Ickworth

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Why We Love It

  • This unique hotel is part of a 1,800-acre National Trust estate in Suffolk
  • You can borrow bikes to explore the grounds, play a game of tennis, or unwind in the indoor swimming pool and beauty treatment rooms
  • The 2-AA-Rosette Frederick's Restaurant serves top-notch modern cuisine

"Think Brideshead Revisited with a dash of Downton Abbey" -- The Daily Telegraph
Enjoyed This
(34 Member Ratings)
"The swimming pool, use of bicycles, the delicious steak at dinner. The young girls in the dining room where very good under extreme pressure with no support or management in sight."
Oct 15, 2017
St Albans, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

Stansted Airport is an hour's drive from the hotel and Bury St Edmunds railway station is a 15-minute taxi ride. Parking is free.

Rooms & Rates

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Tucked away at the end of a driveway, The Ickworth is a "rejuvenating retreat" (The Daily Telegraph) in the village of Horringer in Suffolk. The Grade I-listed Palladian building sits in extensive grounds roamed by deer, on an estate that was once owned by the aristocratic Hervey family and the Earl of Bristol. Today it is home to a hotel and a living museum run by the National Trust.

You can explore the 1,800 acres of parkland and play tennis or croquet in the gardens, or explore the National Trust house with a free pass from reception. Children can burn off energy in the fairy garden, with its trampoline and wendy house.

Families can borrow mini wellies and there is a choice of 400 DVDs at reception, with daily film showings in the cinema. There is also an Ofsted-registered crèche (£10 per child, per two hours), a baby listening service (via a baby monitor) and babysitters (extra charges apply). Older children and adults can hang out in the games room, which has Playstations, Wii consoles and Xbox 360s, as well as table tennis and table football.

The fine-dining Frederick's Restaurant overlooks the Italianate gardens and is adult-only in the evenings, whereas the Conservatory restaurant serves more informal fare including pizzas, steak and antipasti platters.

The hotel's 27 bedrooms are split between the east wing of the manor and the lodge, which is half a mile from the main house. The restaurant and treatment rooms are in the east wing, and the indoor swimming pool is in an external building. Dogs can stay in some rooms for £15 per dog, per night.

You can try your hand at clay-pigeon shooting at Wild Tracks Off-Road Activity Park, spend an afternoon horse-riding at Barrow Hall Stables or fish at Larkwood Trout Fishery (all within 25 minutes' drive of the hotel; extra charges apply). The market town of Bury St Edmunds is a 10-minute drive away and Cambridge is less than 50 minutes' drive.

From the press:

  • "Unabashedly grand from the moment you head up the estate's long drive with the striking rotunda at the end" -- The Daily Telegraph

  • "Indulgence for all the family" -- The Independent

  • A "luxurious hotel that leaves a memorable impression" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2017



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Kids' club
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Games room
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Tennis courts
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Kitchenette in some rooms
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
  • Internet access


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • 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 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra guest possible in the Lodge Double Room only. Infant's cot/crib and extra bed are available on request, free of charge, for children aged 12 and under. This does not include breakfast or dinner, which will be charged as taken. There is no extra bed available for adults.

Pets: Dogs are allowed on request and will be charged at £15 per day. Charges will be added to your bill.

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 24 hours

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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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Enjoyed This
(34 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Ickworth Hotel & Apartments (part of Luxury Family Hotels) over the past 15 months.
4.1 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.3 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The swimming pool, use of bicycles, the delicious steak at dinner. The young girls in the dining room where very good under extreme pressure with no support or management in sight.
Other Comments
I think the idea of luxury accommodation and 'families with young children' do not go well together. One or the other but not both. Disappointed that the adult dining room and conservatory where not available during our visit. We were not advised of this in advance so gave us no opportunity to change or cancel our booking.
Susan Oct 15, 2017 St Albans, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Relaxed atmosphere, beautiful open spaces for walks
Other Comments
We were disappointed at check-in that the special requests we made on booking with Travelzoo had not been passed to the hotel; they said they could not confirm whether it was Travelzoo who had not passed these to them or their own Central Booking/Reservations.
Stephanie Oct 15, 2017 Bexley, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Dinner was included with the room. The meat was great but vegetables were raw, even asked to be cooked longer still came back raw consequently the dinner wasn't what it could have been.
Mike Oct 13, 2017 Swanley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location
Other Comments
Excellent for families with small children. With a critical eye there were a few points for improvements. An interesting venue on many counts, but perhaps not as luxurious as one perhaps expected, nonetheless an enjoyable stay and for the price well worth a visit. The distance between the lodge and the main building was far greater than we expected, not a problem for us but for some guests it could be so probably worth making that known when people book
Mike Oct 14, 2017 Chessington, United Kingdom
Other Comments
An adult only bar/seating area would be nice to relax in after your evening meal.
pamela Oct 12, 2017 Tenterden, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Dinner, although not served in main dining room which was being renovated I believe.
Other Comments
Our room, which was in The Lodge, was spacious & very comfortable but we therefore had a fifteen minute walk for dinner & breakfast. Luckily it wasn't raining g & we chose not to drive.
Jennifer Oct 12, 2017 Bedford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The bedrooms was lovely but the matt'rass has it's day, basically the springs are finished. however once they get the restaurant running smoothly again it will be much better.
Other Comments
Kitchen move to basement
Peter Oct 10, 2017 Lowestoft, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It's position
Mrs Oct 09, 2017 Maldon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Amazing location. Lovely rooms and fabulous food.
Other Comments
The location of Ickworth hotel is incredible. It really is part of the Ickworth House National Trust property. We'd expected it to be a bit dusty and - well, - old. It is of course old but has been fabulously restored. Our room and bathroom were very comfortable and the public rooms of the hotel are very grand indeed. The earls and duchesses who lived there for 400 years could return and feel quite at home. We were on a package that included an evening meal in the Frederick restaurant. The food was superb. The wine list is quite pricey but the house red, a Tempranillo is very good. The staff are delightful including the hotel's little dog who I hope is well paid (in dog biscuits) as its meeter and greeter. If you stay you really must get a free pass from the hotel reception to go round the rotunda part of Ickworth. The state rooms are pretty amazing but what are fascinating are the below stairs rooms kitchens, servants hall, butlers office etc which are pretty much as they were 100 years ago. It really brings Downton Abbey to life. The italianate gardens are superb too.
Charles Oct 07, 2017 Freston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely hotel in a brilliant location
Other Comments
The downside was the service. There just weren't enough members of staff on duty for the evening meal so we got forgotten about a bit. And the lounge area has no staff cover if you want to order a pre or post meal drink.
Helen Oct 11, 2017 Hitchin, United Kingdom

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