Romantic Suffolk hotel breaks
PUBLISHED: 09:15 13 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:19 13 February 2018
Looking for that perfect romantic getaway with someone special? Whether it’s a spa retreat, a weekend by the sea or a city break, Suffolk has plenty to choose from. Here are 9 of our favourite places
1. Seckford Hall, Woodford
It’s difficult not to fall in love with Seckford Hall from the moment you see it, both the house and grounds are simply stunning with unforgettable views in every direction. The accommodation is a wonderful mix of rich history and modern comfort. The dark wood and period features that are retained throughout the hotel blend effortlessly with modern facilities. Each of the 32 bedrooms boasts an individual design and those looking for an extra bit of glamour will enjoy the four poster bed in the Tudor Room! The hotel also has a luxury spa that has recently reopened after an extensive refurbishment; guests can enjoy a large swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room and a hot tub as well as various spa and treatments.
2. Wentworth Hotel, Aldeburgh
This luxury Aldeburgh hotel makes our list because of its spectacular sea views overlooking Aldeburgh beach. All of the rooms are individually designed with comfort in mind: contemporary furnishings and modern, luxurious bathrooms make it a home from home you’ll never want to leave. Guests should make the most of the fine dining restaurant that overlooks the coastal town and serves fresh seasonal produce on an extensive and imaginative menu of great tasting dishes. Alternatively, you can set off and explore the beautiful town, stroll along the beach, or perhaps enjoy the myriad of independent and boutique shops dotted throughout the town.
3. Tuddenham Mill, Newmarket
This beautifully refurbished traditional water mill is located in the idyllic Suffolk countryside. It boasts 15 boutique style rooms featuring over-sized beds, Bose sound systems, Loewe flat screen TVs and walk-in showers or large double-ended stone baths with wonderful personal touches such as Missoni dressing robes and Espa toiletries. As the winners of the 2016 Suffolk Food & Drink Awards the dining at Tuddenham Mill is exceptional utilising locally sourced, fresh produce on a well thought out, varied menu. All of this is served beneath the rustic wooden beams of the restaurant that overlooks the mill pond. Tuddenham Mill has also teamed up with SK Clinic & Spa to offer some amazing spa and beauty treatments such as facials, manicures and massages to elevate your stay.
4. Lavenham Swan, Lavenham
This traditional hotel in Lavenham is ideal for a weekend away with your other half. Think comfortable sofas and plush armchairs in cosy nooks that are perfect for enjoying quiet drinks; and roaring log fires keeping guests warm in the evenings; this is surely the epitome of romance. With 45 rooms to choose from, the Swan combines timber beams, leaded windows and medieval wall hangings with first class contemporary comfort. Each suite is named after a local village and has its own unique and charming character. Guests will also have the opportunity to use the in house spa, Weavers’ House, which provides a variety of tranquil and rejuvenating treatments.
5. The Salhouse Harbour Hotel, Ipswich
Situated on Ipswich’s stunning waterfront, The Salthouse Harbour Hotel is perfect for a romantic city break. The waterfront is dotted with several wonderful places to eat and drink and you are only a 15 minute stroll from the town’s main shopping district. Each room has a unique style featuring floor to ceiling windows or luxurious copper baths. We would recommend requesting a waterfront facing room when you book as the views are not to be missed. The Salthouse is renowned for its Eaterie restaurant where the modern and delicious food is loved by both guests and locals alike. For those looking for something more relaxed there is an afternoon tea that’s perfect for taking a time out from a day of shopping.
6. The Ivy House Hotel, Lowestoft
Tucked away in 21 acres of resplendent gardens on the banks of the Oulton Broad is The Ivy House Hotel. The on site restaurant, The Crooked Barn, is set in a 16th century barn that supposedly takes its name from its crooked beams on the ceiling. Its close proximity to the sea means the restaurant uses only the best quality, fresh seafood to produce an exciting and vibrant menu that changes regularly to suit the season. After an extensive renovation completed in 2014, The Ivy House introduced Eve’s Bar. With stylish décor and breathtaking views across the Broads, there isn’t a better place to enjoy an afternoon tea or some intimate evening drinks.
7. Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, Ipswich
With a beautiful countryside setting, a weekend at this charming boutique hotel will almost definitely leave a lasting impression. There are 23 en-suite bedrooms separated into five classes with the ‘Top Rooms’ featuring stand alone bath tubs, a walk in shower with Aromatherapy toiletries, super-king size bed and mini-bar. Kesgrave Hall also features an excellent restaurant as well as a quirkily decorated bar area with large gothic style mirrors and a granite barto: an ideal place for some relaxed drinks in the evening.
8. Hintlesham Hall, Ipswich
A stay at Hintlesham Hall is to be transported into a period drama of the 1400s. Located in the peaceful Suffolk countryside outside Ipswich, this magnificent grade I listed stately house is a truly impressive sight to behold. The traditional décor and grandeur of the grounds and the house itself are sure to make any romantic break one you’ll never forget. With 32 individually designed luxury bedrooms with many featuring four-poster or canopy beds, traditional art work and antiques and flat screen TVs and coffee makers, you’ll never want to leave the room. If you do decide to venture from the room then The Spa at Hintlesham is definitely worth a visit. Sophisticated and luxurious, there are three treatment rooms, manicure and pedicure stations, a soothing relaxation lounge and an outdoor Jacuzzi on the terrace area.
9. The Angel Hotel, Bury St Edmunds
As the sister hotel of The Salthouse Harbour, The Angel is situated in the heart of the historic Bury St Edmunds. The beautifully spacious, modern rooms are separated into three classes, each with their own unique characters and designs. From urban and contemporary to classic and homely there is something here to suit everyone’s taste. If you’re in the mood for that extra touch of luxury then look no further then one of the three suites, the ‘Romantic’, ‘Contemporary’ or the ‘Ivy View’; each one is exquisitely designed with sumptuous fabrics, luxurious beds, tremendous views and even a copper bath tub.