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Despite the best efforts of reality television to portray Essex as party central for the loud and proud wannabe WAG brigade, the county has a great deal of beautiful rural countryside. We love the Milsom family's hotels which are comfortable, cossetting, fun places to stay and reflect the true Essex in all its glory.
The Maison Talbooth is a sumptuously comfortable hotel with quirky touches in the heart of beautiful Constable country, outside Colchester. Popular for exclusive use bookings and weekend parties, it has a heated outdoor pool complex and hearty log fires (gas, but good).
Family and dog friendly, there is a lovely tennis court with good coaching available. A friendly, relaxed, welcoming, fun hotel.
Close to the Maison Talbooth is its sister hotel, Milsoms in Colchester. A boutique hotel of fifteen rooms with a lively brasserie and bar, it showcases local art and has old fashioned telephones with dials and corkscrew wires in the rooms.
Attention to detail in the bedrooms is good with wonderfully comfortable beds, lovely linen sheets and in the morning papers and coffee delivered to your room, ensuring that you will want to linger even longer in bed.
Essex Coastal Hotel
Opened in 1864 to put up passengers who had disembarked from boats from the continent, The Pier at Harwich is an absolute delight for anyone who loves the sea and boats.
Right on the harbour, its fresh, modern, nautical design and really great seafood restaurant make it a popular buzzy location with locals and guests alike.
Rooms at the front of the hotel have huge windows overlooking the harbour with big squashy armchairs thoughtfully provided so guests can sit and watch the shipping slip by.
Best Places to Stay in Suffolk
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- Best places to stay in Bury St Edmunds
- Best places to stay in Aldeburgh
- Best places to stay in Woodbridge
- Best places to stay in Lavenham
- Best places to stay in Ipswich
- Best places to stay in Newmarket
- The Best Pubs with Rooms in Suffolk
When people around the world imagine England, Suffolk is probably pretty close to what they see. Stuffed with some of the best places to stay, Suffolk's lovely villages are full of warmth and character with huge churches, mellow halls and large greens, bordered by half-timbered houses and thatched cottages.
It is intensely cosy and buccolic with a pleasant climate, lots of good places to stay and is not overcrowded like many of the Home Counties closer to London.
Surrounded by wide lawns and woodland, the friendly Kesgrave Hall near Woodbridge in Suffolk is confidently decorated with bold fabrics, tempered with warm wooden floors and muted wall colours.
A hugely welcoming hotel, the public areas are generous and sociable with great food and a lovely sunny terrace on the right day. A converted WWII hangar can be hired for parties and weddings.
Lavenham is a pretty medival village in Suffolk oozing charm and character. Two of our best places to stay in Suffolk and Essex are in Lavenham, or very close by.
The Swan is a Lavenham institution with cosy bars and restaurants loved by locals and visitors alike. It isn't the grooviest spot in town with furnishings which, though recently updated, are still traditional verging on slightly dull.
Comfortable and homely, it offers visitors one of the greatest fixes of exposed beams and wonky walls anywhere in England.
The Black Lion Hotel, a few miles outside Lavenham, offers extravagant bedrooms which ooze romance and style. Downstairs things are more sedate with comfortable bar, bistro and elegant dining room.
Suffolk Coastal Hotels
- The Swan Hotel in the centre of the popular holiday village of Southwold overlooks the large village square to one side and the sea to the other. Furnishings are traditional and comfortable and newspapers and coffee plentiful on Sunday mornings.
- The bathroom of the Earl of Sandwich Room in Sutherland House, Southwold has a slipper bath in front of an open fire. Many people would visit for that alone. This boutique B & B is family run and serves excellent seafood.
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Best Hotels in Suffolk and Essex
Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa 77 roomsNewmarket (Newmarket,)
Indulgent spa hotel within easy reach of London with first-rate service and atmospheric restaurant. Georgian charm, neutral tones and lush textures contrast with the work-out drive of the gym and wonderfully cool aura of the spa. Be it racing, romance or business, you'll want for nothing.Riding - Barrow Hall Stables. Lessons for anyone from the age of 5 upwards.Great walks - City of Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds with it's 10th century Abbey.Sights nearby - Newmarket races. Saturday races. A great day out for the family.Spa - Solarium, hot tub, Hammam and sauna available.
Bays Farm 3 rooms from $92Suffolk, Suffolk and Essex
This charming property in the heart of Suffolk is set amidst four acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. There are three delightfully decorated rooms and a detached cottage. A hearty English breakfast is served every morning as well as a farmhouse supper in the evening. A home away from home!Local markets - Visit the "Suffolk Famer's Market' for fresh produce from around the countySailing - There are many daily boat trips along the rugged Suffolk coastGreat walks - Whether its across the rolling fields or to the local pubRestrictions on children - Children above the age of 12 acceptedRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
The Bildeston Crown 12 rooms from $98Suffolk, Suffolk and Essex
A country inn set in the quaint and quiet village of Bildeston. 12 refurbished rooms offer a contemporary look with a traditional feel. The chef offers modern british food in either a formal or relaxed dining area. Suffolk offers a host of outdoor pursuits ideal for a weekend get away.Great walks - Suffolk has numerous quaint villages and open countryside to explore and it's relatively flat landscape makes for easy walkingRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
The Mistley Thorn 7 rooms from $110Mistley, Suffolk and Essex
Popular restaurant with rooms on the Stour Estuary with great food and good local walking. The Mistily Thorn has simple rooms but offers good value, especially with dinner.Restaurant - Recommended.Views - Some rooms have views of the River StourBirdwatching - Bird sanctuary nearbyGreat walks - Lovely estuary walksRecommended by - I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
The Great House 5 rooms from $116Lavenham, Suffolk and Essex
In the heart of one of Suffolk’s most perfect and peaceful medieval villages is Lavenham, and the delightful Great House restaurant and small luxury hotel. French chic meets quintessential English charm; the combination is pretty special.Exclusive offer - Autumn Midweek Escape for TwoFoodies - The restaurant has been awarded 3 AA RosettesSights nearby - Situated in the heart of medieval LavenhamRomantic - Good for couples.Four poster beds - For romantics.Recommended by - Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
The Ickworth 27 rooms from $116Bury St Edmunds
Family retreat set in 1800 acres of National Trust with amenities to suit all ages. Spa, cinema room, swimming pool and games room to ensure maximum entertainment and relaxation. Complimentary creche and a focus on entertaining children makes this an ideal choice for family getaway. Dogs welcome.Child friendly - Prides itself on it's welcome for children. Creche and babysitting available.Garden - Italianate Gardens.FamiliesKids Club - Fully staffed.
Sutherland House 4 rooms from $122Southwold, Suffolk, Suffolk and Essex
Family-run restaurant in a historic building in the centre of Southwold offers four spacious, comfortable rooms with modern bathrooms. The excellent seafood restaurant has been awards two AA rosettes and makes for a great base to stay in the charming seaside village.Foodies - Fantastic seafood based restaurant where everything down to the black pudding is made in house, and you taste the difference.Full of character - Many original features including pargetted ceilings and foot wide elm floorboards dating back to the 1450s!Fishing - Fishing is a popular past time with the locals, head out on the seas and try and catch your dinner.Sights nearby - Visit the local Adnams Brewery, learn about brewing and sample some of the produce.
The Sun Inn 7 rooms from $129Dedham, Suffolk and Essex
Charming old coaching inn in Constable's village of Dedham, opposite the church he used to paint. Just seven rooms, beautifully appointed, some with four posters.Four poster beds - For romantics.Great walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Milsoms 15 rooms from $153Colchester, Suffolk and Essex
Where the River Stour meanders through Constable country in beautiful Dedham Vale, eat, drink and stay, at this boutique Hotel with a vibrant bar and lively brasserie serving excellent food. Close by is sister hotel Maison Talbooth with spa, swimming pool and tennis courtExclusive offer - Munnings Collection PackageSights nearby - Flatford Mill and Munnings Museum close byGreat walks - Good for walkers.
Kesgrave Hall 23 rooms from $153Ipswich, Suffolk and Essex
Good food, good service, and a good night's sleep in a handsome Georgian house. Bustling bar and brassiere, lovely sunny terrace & family-friendly relaxed atmosphere.Exclusive offer - Super SundayGreat walks - Good for walkers.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.
Tuddenham Mill 15 rooms from $153Tuddenham, Suffolk and Essex
Converted watermill with top notch contemporary interiors and a serene pond-side location. Large rooms and beds and walk in showers, excellent food, a comfortable escape from the city.Private Hot Tub - Book one of the new Nook Rooms for your private outdoor wood fired cedar hot tubSights nearby - Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds are close byRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Sawdays
The Crown, Stoke by Nayland 11 rooms from $153Nr Colchester, Suffolk and Essex
Popular restaurant in the stunning Constable country, with separate boutique accommodation. Light and airy rooms some with french doors opening onto a terrace. Great views across open countryside. Excellent food, wines and walking. The perfect escape from city life.Hideaway - An early morning walk through the Dedham Vale, followed by a long afternoon by the fire and a hearty evening meal.Foodies - Exceptional local cuisine straight from the boat or farm accompanied by wonderful wines.Sights nearby - Visit the quintessantially quaint Lavenham with it's 15th-century church and crooked medieval houses.Great walks - Venture into the Suffolk countryside and explore the local villages, dales and valleys.Recommended by - I Escape, Sawdays
The Crown at Woodbridge 10 rooms from $153Woodbridge, Suffolk and Essex
Well known, chic Woodbridge gastropub with rooms, close to Sutton Hoo, in a charming Suffolk village of cafes and boutiques. Good food and local ales.Restaurant - Gastropub foodSights nearby - Sutton Hoo treasures are two miles awayRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
The Black Lion Hotel 10 rooms from $153Long Melford, Suffolk, Suffolk and Essex
A charming hotel, overlooking the village Green. Classic English interiors with antique pieces, bold florals and roaring fireplaces. The award winning restaurant serves up locally sourced seasonal produce in a variety of settings, from formal dining to Al Fresco in the walled garden. A family spot.Families - An ideal spot for a family getaway (dogs and all) with rocking horses, high chairs, childrens menus and free use of cots.Value chic - A gourmet's heaven, with picturesque views of the square and magestic fourposter beds - all for a reasonable price tag.Great walks - The Green is wonderful dog walking spot just across the road, or head out of town for a longer ramble.Sights nearby - Next door to 15th century Holy Trinity Church, and just across from Melford Hall.
The Pier at Harwich 14 rooms from $153Harwich, Suffolk and Essex
A charming waterfront hotel overlooking the quayside at old Harwich. Contemporary rooms also capture the views over the harbour. The fish restaurant in a converted pub in the harbour is lively and popular with the locals. A great stay on the Essex coast.Exclusive offer - Stay and Sail breakFoodies - Wonderful fresh seafood meets a creative chef, simply divine! Not to mention the a gin library and Prosseco cocktails!Total relaxation - Sit in the suite's bay window, or indeed the restaurants balcony, and watch the sunset on the sea- heaven!Sights nearby - Just around the corner is the Electric Palace Cinema, the second oldest cinema in England- well worth a visit.Views - Great views over the busy harbour and the Stour and Orwell estuaries.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
The Wentworth 35 rooms from $153Aldeburgh, Suffolk and Essex
Traditional seaside hotel with regular fans and a timeless appeal, with seaviews and gardens and a terrace in front of a shingle beach. Comfortably unhip.Views - Sea views from many rooms, binoculars providedGreat walks - Plenty of country and beach walks.Birdwatching - Number of bird reserves close by.Sailing - Can be booked nearby.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
The Westleton Crown 34 rooms from $153Suffolk, Suffolk and Essex
With several culinary awards The Westleton Crown provides more than the usual country inn, Gastropub affair. Think jasmine tea-smoked duck breast accompanied by a fine wine. Rooms are bright and clutter free decorated in shades of magnolia and feature immaculate bathrooms, some with roll-top baths.Exclusive offer - Up to 50% offSights nearby - The 12th century fortress, Framlingham Castle, is still an impressive sight today.Birdwatching - An impressive variety of birdlife can be spotted at Minsmere RSPB Bird Reserve.Great walks - See website for plenty of scenic walks from the hotel.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.
The Oaksmere 10 rooms from $158Eye, Suffolk and Essex
A charming hotel set in the scenic rolling countryside of Suffolk. The hotel provides comfortable and characterful rooms, mixing traditional design structures with a modern style. Downstairs the excellent restaurant focuses on seasonal recipes. Perfect for a weekend in the countryside.Country Escape - The ideal cosy base to return to after a day exploring the stunning Suffolk countryside.Great walks - Make the most of the excellent walking routes in the surrounding Suffolk countryside.Sights nearby - Families will enjoy a trip to nearby Banham Zoo Norfolk.
The Angel 78 rooms from $163Bury St Edmunds
Set in the old market town of Bury St Edmunds this is an impressive historic hotel. The rooms are contemporary yet still have a traditional feel. The restaurant serves up high quality British fare. The pretty town and nature parks offer great walks. The perfect weekend getaway.Great walks - There are numerous places of beauty for walking including Abbey Gardens and Lackford LakesSights nearby - Visit the impressive St Edmundsbury CathedralFour poster beds - For romantics.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Sawdays
The Swan Hotel 42 rooms from $202Southwold, Suffolk and Essex
Four star hotel on the market square in lovely seaside Southwold. Contemporary comfort complements traditional charm in the rooms, some with sea views. The award winning restaurants offers French fare and is popular across town. A great base for a seaside holiday with the family.Value chic - A wonderful and historic small town hotel with exceptional views and facilities- without a killer price tag.Active Holiday - Watersports, fishing, golfing, rambling, riding and bowling are all within a few minutes of the hotel.Great walks - Just two minutes from the famed Southwold Promenade, take a stroll along the coast and breath the fresh sea air.Local markets - Southwold's market square (right outside the door) has a whole host of shops and stalls.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Salthouse Harbour Hotel 70 rooms from $219Ipswich, Suffolk and Essex
Contemporary funky hotel in a converted salt warehouse on the waterfront of Ipswich Harbour. Trendy rooms are comfy, individual and filled with modern art. The waterfront restaurant serves up local sustainable produce. Ideal for stealing away.Local exploring - Right on the waterfront this is the ideal location for exploring all Ipswich has to offer.Sights nearby - Christchurch Mansion and Park are only one mile away.Views - Views of Ipswich harbourLively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
The Swan at Lavenham 43 rooms from $239Lavenham, Suffolk and Essex
A famous old coaching inn (1400) in a classic medieval town, with 45 ancient rooms done up in 20th century luxury style. Touristy but an experience.Sights nearby - Explore Lavenham one of the UK's finest mediaeval towns.Cooking classes - Culinary masterclasses available.Romantic - Good for couples.Four poster beds - For romantics.Recommended by - Sawdays
Maison Talbooth 12 rooms from $269Colchester, Suffolk and Essex
Quirky Essex hotel and spa in the heart of Constable country, with a pool and tennis, and spa facilities. Popular for hen parties and exclusive use.Exclusive offer - Gourmet GetawaySwimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor PoolBirdwatching - Good birding near the hotel.Fishing - Excellent fishing nearby.Great walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Michelin Travel