Ivy House Country Hotel

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Why We Love It

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

97% (439 Member Ratings)

"We liked everything from the location to the staff and the room etc."
Feb 17, 2017
HINCKLEY, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

Lowestoft station is a 15-minute drive from the hotel, or Oulton Broad South station is less than five minutes away by car. A taxi from either station to the hotel will cost £5-£8. The hotel is five minutes off 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 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 park also has plenty of walking and cycling routes, or you can access 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 5-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 20 minutes by car. 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 for 12 years. Head chef Martin Whitelock serves a menu of local and seasonal ingredients in the characterful 16th-century barn. The AA Restaurant Guide 2017 says the restaurant is the "ace up [the hotel's] sleeve", noting its "abundance of character".

All rooms come with large beds, flat-screen TVs and homemade biscuits that are waiting in the room 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 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.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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97% Positive
(439 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
We liked everything from the location to the staff and the room etc.
FRED Feb 17, 2017 HINCKLEY, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent food, very friendly staff, nothing too much trouble.
Other Comments
Lovely location
ROBERT Feb 11, 2017 Horncastle, Lincs, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely room in a quality Hotel
Other Comments
Everything about this hotel was lovely, Our executive garden room was absolutely great, we had a view over the gardens, the restaurant and bar were beautiful and the meal was superb.
Michael Feb 08, 2017 Huntingdon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely surroundings, friendly staff, decent sized room
Paul Feb 06, 2017 Wymondham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent location, friendly and attentive staff, well-equipped rooms and good quality food.
Brian Feb 06, 2017 Norfolk, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Our evening meal
wendy Jan 31, 2017 london, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location, good sized room and excellent dining
Angela Jan 12, 2017 Finedon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location. Attentive staff. Lovely food. Nice big clean room.
Katy Jan 09, 2017 Grays, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly, personal service, good location, very nice room.
Steve Dec 12, 2016 Emsworth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food and the spacious room
Pauline Dec 06, 2016 Peterborough, United Kingdom

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