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Stay in the country house that fired the creative heart of A-list chef Robert Carrier. Explore the countryside that inspired landscape master Thomas Gainsborough.
Hintlesham Hall is a highly rated hotel nestling in 175 acres of rolling Suffolk countryside in the village of Hintlesham, just 5 miles from Ipswich. Its Grade I listed, early-Georgian façade with white stucco sets the scene for resplendent interiors that combine history with timeless luxury. The hotel itself dates back to the 1500s. Ascend the Stuart oak staircase and you will find rooms classically styled with lavish fabrics, antique furniture and works of art. Principal suites include features such as a 17th Century plasterwork ceiling, a galleried bedroom and a claw-foot bath.
As an AA Inspectors’ Choice hotel, it may come as no surprise that Hintlesham Hall’s Carrier Restaurant holds two AA Rosettes for the exceptional quality of its cuisine and features an equally impressive 350-bin wine list. Carrier is simply stunning, with gilded ornamental plasterwork and a central fireplace. The wood-panelled Parlour is the perfect spot for intimate à la carte dining.
Designed by the famous cookery writer, restaurateur and television presenter Robert Carrier, the aromatic herb garden is put to good use by Hintlesham Hall’s head chef. The pond and rear gardens roll down to the rose garden and orchard, with the laurel walk taking you to Hintlesham Golf Club, which features a championship 18-hole, par 72 golf course and award-winning clubhouse. Elemis treatments are available at the spa located in the hotel grounds. The charming hamlet of Flatford, the inspiration for some of John Constable’s most famous paintings, is at its doorstep.
2 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence
AA Inspectors’ Choice in Britain & Ireland
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2019 Winner
Period style en suite bedroom offering free Wi-Fi, satellite TV/radio, writing desk, direct dial telephone, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes, Temple Spa toiletries, and hairdryer. Classic rooms benefit from a queen-sized bed, a seating area, and an en-suite bathroom with a bath or shower.
Period style en suite bedroom offering free Wi-Fi, satellite TV/radio, writing desk, direct dial telephone, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes, Temple Spa toiletries, and hairdryer. Superior rooms are more spacious than classic rooms and benefit from a king-sized bed, a seating area, and an en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower. Max. 2 adults, 1 child (2-12 years).
Period style en suite bedroom offering free Wi-Fi, satellite TV/radio, writing desk, direct dial telephone, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes, Temple Spa toiletries, and hairdryer. Individually decorated, principal rooms are more spacious than superior rooms and benefit from a king-sized bed, a seating area, and an en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower. Max. 2 adults, 2 children (2-12 years).
Period style en suite bedroom offering free Wi-Fi, satellite TV/radio, writing desk, direct dial telephone, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes, Temple Spa toiletries, and hairdryer. Beautifully designed, junior suites are more spacious than principal rooms and benefit from a king-sized bed, a seating area, and an en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower. Junior suites also have stunning traditional features such as exposed beams or an in-room freestanding bath. Max. 2 adults, 3 children (2-12 years). Please note the image is an example of one of our Junior Suites.
Period style en suite bedroom offering free Wi-Fi, satellite TV/radio, writing desk, direct dial telephone, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes, Temple Spa toiletries, and hairdryer. There are two principal suites offering style, comfort and, of course, spacious lounge and bedroom areas. The Braganza suite occupies an entire wing on the first floor, adjacent to the stunning Long Gallery. The lounge has a 17th Century plasterwork ceiling and a spacious bedroom overlooking the lawns at the front of the hotel. The luxury bathroom has twin showers, a freestanding claw-foot bath and a wall television. The Cherry Orchard suite features a high-beamed ceiling, once used to televise ‘Carrier and Friends’ in the 70s, and has a gorgeous galleried bedroom overlooking a large lounge with a door leading out to a private terrace. Max. 2 adults, 3 children (2-12 years). Please note the image is an example of one of our Principal Suites.
Hintlesham Hall's stunning 1720s Georgian façade is matched by its magnificent interiors, of which Carrier is of particular note. Ruched drapes at the windows, an ornate fireplace, gold framed oil paintings, antique furniture, ornamental plasterwork, and a red carpet contrasting with the white walls ensures a regal dining experience. The finest quality ingredients are used to prepare modern British dishes, with herbs freshly picked from Hintlesham Hall’s famous herb garden. The à la carte menu brims with originality. To start, caramelised scallops are served with cauliflower and truffle oil purée, sauternes infused golden sultanas. Main courses demonstrate both restraint and flair. Suffolk pork cooked in three ways sits alongside double baked curried parsnip soufflé, coriander dressing Tronçon of halibut with Thai spices. Desserts include cinnamon parfait served with baked honey and muesli custard, butterscotch sauce. An award-winning, 350-bin wine list, including an excellent handpicked selection of half bottles, complements the à la carte and table d'hôte menus.
Please reserve a table for dinner in advance.
In the summer, dining at Hintlesham Hall reveals an altogether different flavour. Take a seat in the fresh open air – sunny or shade – and dine al fresco. Terraces looking out over the broad lawns at the front of the hotel offer an oasis of calm to spend a long summer evening after exploring the local area.
Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in afternoon tea whilst staying in this glorious setting – savour homemade scones with fruit preserve and cream, sandwiches, cakes and a pot of tea. Both traditional afternoon tea and champagne afternoon tea are available to order and can be enjoyed in one of the sumptuous lounges, or al fresco overlooking the beautiful grounds. Afternoon tea can be booked in advance, at a special price, when booking your room via classicbritishhotels.com.
The unique surroundings of Hintlesham Hall present a wonderful setting for private dinners and celebrations. The hotel caters for reunions, anniversaries, family gatherings, birthday parties, charity and club events, and business dinners. Choose from a range of private rooms, each with its own individual character, including the pine-panelled parlour room and the intimate justice room. Call Classic British Hotels on 0844 967 0984 for advice and let us help you organise a memorable private dinner.
A short stroll along the laurel walk on the Hintlesham Estate takes you to the hotel’s soothing treatment cabins, where qualified, experienced therapists use the finest skincare brands to offer a full range of spa treatments. Unwind in the relaxation lounge, immerse yourself in the spa pool on the outdoor terrace, and then saunter inside to be pampered from head to toe by the award-winning Elemis.
A full range of spa treatments, using Elemis and OPI products, are available to book.
Adjacent to Hintlesham Hall Hotel, Hintlesham Golf Club is set amid 150 acres of rolling Suffolk countryside, in the old grounds of the hotel. The course was designed by architects Hawtree & Co., and modified by Walker Cup Captain Peter McEvoy. Part of the front nine plays alongside Home Wood, a beautiful landscaped garden reputed to have inspired the painter Thomas Gainsborough. The course has matured since its opening in 1989 and now features native tree lined fairways and water on the last two holes. The 4th hole, a downhill tee shot guarded by a pond, is a challenging par 3 and measures well over 200 yards. The architectural award-winning clubhouse features a stunning decking area overlooking the course. Hintlesham Golf Club is home of the internationally renowned KC Golf Show, one of the world’s best golf trick shot artists.
Hintlesham, Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 3NS, Great Britain
Sutton Hoo is an ancient Anglo-Saxon royal burial site and one of the most important archaeological discoveries of all time. Wander the hauntingly beautiful burial mound landscape, visit the site where the imprint of a 90 foot ship was buried with an Anglo-Saxon king and his treasures, or explore an award-winning, full-size reconstruction of an ancient burial chamber.