Best hotels in Suffolk 2022 including Bedford Lodge

Best hotels in Suffolk 2022 including Bedford Lodge | Pro Club Bd

With some of Britain’s loveliest countryside – a pristine coastline, wild beaches, heathland and woodland roaming with birds, otters and deer, lazy meandering rivers, maritime outposts and ridiculously pretty towns and villages nestled in rolling countryside – these are my tips for a stay in Suffolk. With some of the driest weather in the country, it’s time to head to this eastern county for the summer.

The best hotels in Suffolk are:

What better way to enjoy Suffolk than sleeping in a sea view suite?

(The Swan)

A sweeping refurbishment, warm service and superb food make the Swan at Southwold one of the top hotels on the Suffolk coast. Accents of color – emerald green velvet sofas in the lounge and pink posters in the bedrooms are so inviting it’s tempting to miss the golden sands (a 2022 Blue Flag beach), quirky pier and Indy shops of Southwold! The market-view rooms are beautiful and the dog-friendly garden rooms a blessing, but the standout draw at this Adnams-owned hotel is the delicious and expertly served food: the tenderest Blythburgh pork belly and cooling coconut panna cotta with lychee sorbet . The Still Room restaurant has two AA Rosettes, but it deserves more.

Price: Doubles from £245 B&B

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Exposed beams give the Swan a cozy cottage feel

(The Swan at Lavenham)

Location: Lavanham

Not to be confused with The Swan at Southwold, this elegant bird is set in a town famous for its crooked half-timbered houses. It’s a delightful medieval labyrinth of rooms with beams and rickety floors, spread across several ancient buildings. One is Wool Hall, once the heart of the Guild of Our Lady, a medieval guild that controlled the cloth industry in Lavenham, the source of the town’s past wealth. For the full Tudor experience, book the Churchyard Suite with its exposed beams, vaulted ceiling and handsome fireplace. Relax in the Weavers’ House Spa Vitality Pool or in the extraordinarily pretty garden – all lavender beds and cream parasols. The dishes at the Gallery Restaurant are also exceptional.

Price: Doubles from £150 B&B

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Try some of the fantastic food at Tuddenham’s Restaurant

(Tuddenham Mill)

Location: Tuddenham

It is summer! Sit at the only table between the old watermill and the miller’s house, order your favorite drink and enjoy the impressionistic scenery before you – a dreamy weeping willow dangling over a stream, green with life and rushes. Top room picks are the cozy Nooks overlooking the water meadows with jetted tubs, or the Loft Suites with their oval tubs and soothing Scandinavian-Italian atmosphere. They also come for the very award-winning food (the only hotel in Suffolk to have four AA Rosettes). Chef and patron Lee Bye’s menus are based on locally sourced produce. The Tipi on the Stream, lit by candles and fairy lights, is big on sharing plates, while the gleaming Upstairs at the Mill favors East Anglian meat and fish dishes with a 6-course tasting menu or a la carte. The delicious desserts are exquisite.

Price: Doubles from £165 B&B

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The Hog has recently been refurbished

(The Pig Hotel)

Location: Lowestoft

The Hog is a Suffolk mystery. It is a 5 minute walk to the pebble beach of Pakefield and only 10 minutes to the soft golden sands of Lowestoft’s South Beach. You really can’t ask for more. But you get more. Built in the 1890s and owned by a local family, the 16-room Hog has had a full refurbishment in lockdown and it’s all plush carpeting underfoot and lush rooms with modern touches and the cute do not disturb feature. – Sign saying “Hibernate”. . The restaurant’s dishes celebrate East Anglian cuisine: Suffolk asparagus, glasswort, Cromer crab and North Sea fish are on the menu. The towering strawberry pavlova is a winner. With few boutiques nearby, the award-winning Hog also attracts TV crews. The cast of The Crown stayed recently. Nearby Somerleyton Hall, a Jacobean mansion whose gardens are open to the public, also serves as the Queen’s beloved Sandringham on the hit Netflix show.

Price: Doubles from £140 B&B

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This trendy spot is perfect for an arts and culture weekend

(Harbor Hotel Salthouse)

Location: Ipswich

Once a warehouse for salt and other goods on the Ipswich quay, the Salthouse Harbor Hotel is now in the heart of the bustling Waterfront, just a short stroll from the winding Saints Streets with its cafes and Indy shops and the historic heart of the city . Book a Marina Copper Tub Room for a soak with a view of the twinkling marina lights through the wide windows. During the day, grab a table on the sidewalk for a drink, listen to the clinking of rigging and watch the sleek white boats and historic fishing boats come and go. Don’t miss the hotel’s eclectic contemporary art collection, including a Damian Hirst, and quirky collectibles: Russian flight helmet, anyone?

Price: Doubles from £135 B&B

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Try the hydrotherapy pool or gaze out over Suffolk from the outdoor hot tub

(Bedford Lodge)

Location: Neumarkt

The stately Bedford Lodge, built in the 19th century as a Georgian hunting lodge for the Duke of Bedford, is set in mature flower-filled gardens on the outskirts of Newmarket. It is close to the National Horse Racing Museum, Warren Hill, the historic horseback riding arena and racecourses. Elegant rooms overlook stables and paddocks or the gardens. Horse lovers or not, you’ll love the spa with its light-filled hydrotherapy pool, outdoor hot tub, and relaxing treatments. Not here to relax? Check out the 15m swimming pool. Also come for afternoon tea which is said to be first by the wife of the 7 cordiality of service.

Price: Doubles from £165 B&B

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Relax with a book in The Angel’s Lounge or try the famous cake

(The angel)

Location: Lavanham

Charles Dickens was perhaps Angel’s most famous guest in the 18th century, but this century Hollywood stars Pierce Brosnan and Angelina Jolie have been welcomed to Bury St Edmund’s starry hotel. The impressive and ivy-covered Angel overlooks Angel Hill in the heart of the city, overlooking the Abbey Gate, a 14th-century stone-carved gatehouse. You’ll definitely want rooms with these views: huge boudoirs with Georgian sash windows, king-size beds, chic lighting, modern fabrics, and copper-hued slipper bathrooms overlooking the gatehouse. After a cocktail in the lively bar, dine under delicate ceramic springs in the Eaterie. Don’t miss the pickwick pie – a delicious dish of steak, red wine and pastries. The angel’s best kept secret? Its sell-out supper clubs take place in the hotel’s 15th-century vaults.

Price: Doubles from £125 B&B

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Hintelsham Hall at dusk is truly something special

(Hintelsham Hall)

Location: Ipswich

If dozens of painted portraits could speak! The origins of the Grade I listed Hintelsham Hall date back to the 14th century, but much of what you see today dates from the 16th and 17th centuries – rebuilt by the Timperley family who worked for the Dukes of Norfolk and on the estate lived nearly 300 years. Hintelsham Hall, just five miles from maritime Ipswich, is a mixture of intimacy and a touch of antique luxury: the library with an ornate plaster ceiling and some of the bedrooms. You’ll want the Rosette Room with a four-poster bed overlooking a carved stone fireplace and an oil painting of the hall set in a bygone era with sash windows overlooking the mature garden. Or the beautiful, cozier rooms with beams in the eaves, once the servants’ quarters, with a Downton Abbey-style corridor. Dine like a duke in the grand dining room (awarded two AA Rosettes) over game, fish and the prettiest little strawberry pavlova. Don’t miss a stroll through the summery kitchen garden.

Price: Doubles from £140 B&B

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In Brudenell you wake up to the sound of the sea

(Brudenell Hotel)

Location: Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh has inspired Benjamin Britten, Maggi Hambling and Ruth Rendell. Follow in their footsteps and breathe in the fresh, salty air at one of Suffolk’s most popular seaside resorts. The Brudenell Hotel sits right on the pebbly beach at the southern end of the upscale town. The Georgian building, converted into a hotel in the Victorian era, enjoys incredible views of the Suffolk sky and the open sea. The elegant, renovated rooms 100 and 101 offer a panoramic view of the sea, the birds and the pebbles. My advice? Room 317: a secret spot with a telescope to watch passing boats on the waves and a bedroom overlooking the Alde River meandering through the meadows. Book a leisurely lunch at The Seafood & Grill, where four seafood specialties lure diners daily. Imagine lemon sole bathed in a buttery lemon caperberry sauce, served with Suffolk sea fennel and herb puree.

Price: Doubles from £150 B&B

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