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
(71 Member Ratings)
"The service and the location was fantastic"
18. Dec 2017
Welling, UK


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 long 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's a choice of 400 DVDs at reception, plus daily film screenings in the cinema. There is also an Ofsted-registered crèche (£10 per child, per two hours), a baby-listening service 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 adults-only in the evenings, whereas the Conservatory restaurant serves less formal fare including pizzas, steak and antipasti platters.

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 and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.


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

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

Enjoyed This
(71 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Ickworth Hotel & Apartments (part of Luxury Family Hotels) over the past 15 months.
4.2 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.3 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The staff were very accommodating and did all they could to improve the situation.
Other Comments
Mostly the evening meal at Fredericks. On the first night, the steak was very tough and had to be returned, when presented again there was no change. On the second night, the starter of smoked salmon was very minimal. Considering the cost of each item on the menu it was not up to 4* catering. Likewise with the breakfast in the conservatory, which was buffet style in the hallway. We complained about this stating that this service did not come up to 4* service and noticed the next day that it was changed to waitress service, which was much better. On another point, the mattress on the bed in our very large bedroom, was a lot to be desired, with springs pressing into my wife's side, so we had to ask for a topper which was supplied.
Estelle 11. Jan 2018 Harrow, UK
Enjoyed Most
The relaxation...
Adrian 20. Dec 2017 Brentwood, UK
Enjoyed Most
The service and the location was fantastic
Other Comments
This is a great hotel with exceptional service !!
Liz 18. Dec 2017 Welling, UK
Enjoyed Most
Being able to cycle round the extensive grounds. The whole ambiance of the place.
Other Comments
The small cooked breakfast was the only 'down' side - we are vegetarian and there was very little choice.
Gillian 16. Dec 2017 Theydon Bois, UK
Enjoyed Most
Everything, the room, the food, the staff could not do enough for you. The location. It was a fantastic experience.
Alie 15. Dec 2017 Newmarket, UK
Enjoyed Most
The tranquility, peace and quiet and atmosphere, the pool and cycling made it even more lovely.
Kate 15. Dec 2017 London, UK
Other Comments
The service and food were not nearly as good as in previous visits which was a great shame
Sarah 12. Dec 2017 Harwich, UK
Enjoyed Most
Absolutely stunning hotel, professional, polite, friendly staff, fabulous food, waking up to a gorgeous snow covered landscape helped the overall experience. Do not have one negative comment to make.
jane 11. Dec 2017 Bishop's Stortford, UK
Enjoyed Most
bike hire/swimming happy staff
A 23. Nov 2017 Bath, UK
Enjoyed Most
The food
Keith 18. Nov 2017 London, UK

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