Ickworth Hotel, Suffolk, England
What’s so great about this pool?
It’s a stylish pool, set in the grounds of one of the finest stately homes in Britain. The pool is distinctive – built in one of the old buildings on the estate – but the pool itself is entirely modern. It’s peaceful, it’s charming and it’s got real character.
- The pool is 15 metres long and 5 metres wide – so plenty of room for some brisk exercise or just a gentle splash around.
- The water is kept at 30 degrees Centigrade – so no nasty shocks when you jump in.
- The maximum depth is 1.4 metres.
- Opening hours are from 7.30 am to 9.00pm daily.
- There are treatment rooms next to the pool, offering a variety of massages and skin treatments.
- From the pool there are great views over the estate.
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So the pool’s fab – what about the hotel?
Ickworth is one of the finest stately homes in Britain. Close to Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, the house was built around 1800 and the Rotunda is regarded as an architectural gem. The hotel is based in the East Wing of the building – the Rotunda and West Wing are run by the National Trust and are open to the public.
Visitors to the hotel have free access to all parts of the building and to the 450 Hectares (1800 acres) of historic gardens and woodlands. But there are some great facilities in the hotel itself. It has 27 beautifully designed rooms and suites, decorated to a very high standard. It’s very family friendly – there is a creche for babies over three months and small children, a special baby listening service and a children’s menu. There’s also a special children’s garden with trampolines and play equipment. And dogs can stay at the hotel. And if you enjoy outdoor games, there is a tennis court and croquet pitch to amuse guests.
The food is also stunning. The hotel has a top quality restaurant – Fredericks – specialising in European fine dining. And the Conservatory restaurant does simpler meals such as steaks and fine English pates.
What else is there to do around there?
There is absolutely no shortage of places to walk or cycle. The countryside in and around the estate is stunning. And the hotel can lend out bicycles. Bury St Edmunds is an ancient market town, with fine churches and museums and a famous Norman tower – dating back almost 1,000 years.