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Hotel Highlights

  • Fantastic for kids of all ages
  • Unique stately-home setting
  • Glorious sprawling grounds and indoor pool


Definitely one for those with kids. With impressive gates and a quarter-mile drive up to it, few entrances can be grander than the one to Ickworth hotel. It's located in the east wing of a National Trust property; to a lord or a duke, this place might seem like a home from home: quaint, charming, friendly and efficient. A child-friendly hotel that's great for indulgent family breaks.

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Here's what you get for booking The Ickworth with us:

A Suffolk cream tea for the family


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Need To Know


27 rooms in the main house and 11 apartments just over half a mile away in the Dower House.




Double rooms from $131.35 (£79), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast. There's a two-night minimum stay at weekends.


Book a babysitter or nanny in advance if you want to leave the grounds without your offspring.

At the hotel

1,800 acres of parkland, with woods and lakes (wildlife tours and horse riding can be arranged), tennis courts, indoor pool and Aquae Sulis spa.

Our favourite rooms

Ask for a view over the grounds, and specify if you would prefer rooms with a traditional or contemporary feel. The Dower House apartments, though a little more private, don't have WiFi or room service.


There's a heated indoor pool open from 8am to 8pm.

Packing tips

Swimming costumes; outdoor-activity gear.


No smoking throughout. Wellies provided. Guests receive free tickets to the National Trust part of the house. Small dogs allowed.


Playroom, crèche, adventure playgrounds, bikes and nature trails. Many rooms are interconnecting or have special child-friendly features; this is the hotel to take your children to.

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Small dogs can stay too, for £10 a night; you'll have to bring your own doggy kit, though, and Fido won't be allowed in dining rooms.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Frederick’s is the fine-dining restaurant, where children are only allowed for Sunday lunch. The Conservatory is great for lunch or tea. Breakfast is served from 7.30am to 10am.

Last orders

Frederick’s: 9.30pm. Bar open all night.

Room service

Full menu during kitchen hours, cold snacks all night.

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Dress code

Dress up for dinner at Frederick’s; otherwise, casual is fine.

Top table

A window seat overlooking the Italian garden.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Newmarket racecourse ( Ring +44 (0)1638 667 200 ( for a fully organised race day, or guided tour of a training yard.

Local restaurants

The Great House at Lavenham (+44 (0)1787 247 431) serves French food.

Local bars

The Beehive at Horringer (+44 (0)1284 735 260) is just at the end of the hotel drive, has a garden, and does great pub food.

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National Trust parkland

The Ickworth

Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP29 5QE, United Kingdom

A short hop from Bury St Edmund's in Suffolk's pancake-flat countryside, Ickworth is ideally located for a quick break from London, and within easy reach of Cambridge, Newmarket Colchester and Ipswich.


The nearest international airport is London Stansted, about 50 miles from the hotel (around 80 minutes by car). You can jump in a taxi at the airport rank or pre-order a minicab; prices start from about £75.


The rail station in Bury St Edmunds is only a couple of miles (10 minutes' drive) away from Ickworth. From here, you can be in London Liverpool Street in around two hours. A minicab to Ickworth will cost around £7 from the station.


Ickworth is a short hop from London up the M11; Cambridge is 25 miles away. You’ll need the A14 all the way up to Junction 42. Follow signs to Ickworth on the A143 to the village of Horringer. There's plenty of free parking for guests at the hotel.


There are two helipads at Ickworth; request landing permission in advance.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Ickworth's Guestbook below.



Stayed on

We loved

The house, grounds and staff were great.

Don’t expect

It would be nice to have a gym.

Rating: 10/10 stars