The Best Hotels in Suffolk 2022, Including Bedford Lodge

With some of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain – a primordial coast, wild beaches, heathland and woodland where birds, otters and deer roam, gently rolling landscapes lining lazy rivers, sea outposts, and ridiculously beautiful towns and villages Tied in, this is me chooses to stay in Suffolk. With some of the driest weather in the country, it’s time to escape to this eastern county for summer.

The best hotels in Suffolk are:

What better way to enjoy Suffolk than to sleep in a sea-facing suite?

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What better way to enjoy Suffolk than by sleeping in an ocean-facing suite?


Location: Southwold

Zingy makeovers, warm service, and great food make The Swan in Southwold one of the top hotels on the Suffolk Coast. Pops of color – the green velvet sofas in the lounge and the pink four-posters in the rooms are so tempting, it’s tempting to give the golden sand (a 2022 Blue Flag beach), the quaint pier and indie shops of Southwold a miss! The market-view rooms are beautiful, and the dog-friendly garden rooms are a boon, but the stellar draw at this Adnams-owned hotel is the delicious and expertly served food: the most tender Blytheburg pork belly, and lychee sorbet. With chilled coconut panna cotta. The Still Room restaurant has two AA rosettes, but it deserves more.

worth: £245 B&B . doubles from


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Exposed beams give the Swan a cosy cottage vibe

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Exposed beams give Swan a cozy cottage vibe

(goose at Lavenham)

Location: Lavenham

Not to be confused with the Swan in Southwold, this beautiful bird is located in a town famous for its craggy, wood-framed buildings. It’s an idyllic, medieval warren with beamed rooms and wonky floors in many ancient buildings. One of these is Wool Hall, which was once the heart of Our Lady’s Guild, a medieval guild that controlled the textile industry in Lavenheim, the source of the city’s bygone wealth. For the full Tudor experience book the Churchyard Suite with its exposed wood, vaulted ceilings and beautiful fireplace. Relax in the Weavers House Spa Vitality Pool or the exceptionally beautiful garden – all lavender beds and cream parasols. The dishes at Gallery Restaurant are exceptional too.

worth: £150 B&B . doubles from

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Sample some of the fantastic food at the Tuddenham’s restaurant

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Savor some great food at Tuddenham’s Restaurants

(Tuddenham Mill)

Location: Tudenham

It’s summer! Sit at the only table between the Ancient Water Mill and the Miller House, order your favorite tipple and soak in the Impressionist scene before you – a dreamy weeping willow that hangs over a stream, green and running with life. Top room picks are the cozy nooks that exude water meadows with hot tubs, or the loft suites with their oval tubs and cool Scandi-Italian vibe. You’ll also come in for the very award-winning food (the only hotel in Suffolk with four AA rosettes). Chef-patron Lee Bye’s menu is rooted in local products. Tippy on the Stream, lit by candles and fairy lights, is strong on sharing plates, while the upstairs beam at the mill favors East Anglian meat and fish dishes with a 6-course tasting menu or a la carte. Delicious sweets are perfect.

worth: £165 B&B . doubles from

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The Hog has been recently refurbished

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HOG has been recently refurbished

(The Hog Hotel)

Location: Lowestoft

Hogg is a Suffolk mystery. It’s a five-minute walk from Peckfield’s Shingle Beach, and just 10 minutes from the soft golden sands of Lowestoft’s South Beach. You really couldn’t have asked for more. But you get more. Owned by a local family, the 16-room Hog, built in the 1890s, got a super makeover in lockdown and it’s all decked out under soft carpets and lush rooms with contemporary touches as well as cute ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs Which reads ‘Hibernate’. , The restaurant dishes celebrate East Anglian fare: find Suffolk asparagus, samphire, cromer crab and North Sea fish on the menu. Giant Strawberry Pavlova is the winner. The award-winning Hog also attracts TV crews, with a few boutique stays in the surrounding area. The cast of The Crown recently halted. Adjacent Somerleyton Hall, a Jacobean manor whose gardens are open to the public, doubles as the Queen’s beloved Sandringham in the hit Netflix show.

worth: £140 B&B . doubles from

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This trendy spot is perfect for a weekend of art and culture

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This trendy space is perfect for a weekend of arts and culture

(Salthouse Harbor Hotel)

Location: Ipswich

The Salthouse Harbor Hotel, once a warehouse storing salt and other goods on the pier in Ipswich, is in the heart of what is now the buzzy waterfront, a short walk from the winding Saint Streets of cafes and indie shops and the city’s historic center. , Book a marina room with a copper slipper bath to view the marina’s twinkling lights through the wide windows. By day, grab sidewalk tables for drinks, listen to rigging and watch sleek white boats and historic fishing vessels come and go. Don’t miss the hotel’s eclectic collection of contemporary art, including Damien Hirst, and the quirky collectible: Russian flying helmets, anyone?

worth: £135 B&B . doubles from

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

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Try the Swimming Pool or See Suffolk from the Outdoor Hot Tub

(Bedford Lodge)

Location: Newmarket

The handsome Bedford Lodge, built in the 19th century as a Georgian hunting lodge for the Duke of Bedford, sits in manicured gardens filled with flowers on the edge of Newmarket. It is close to the National Horse Racing Museum, Warren Hill, a galloping ground with a long history and racecourse. Smart rooms overlook the stables and paddock or garden. Horseback riding or not, you’ll love the spa with its light-filled hydrotherapy pool, alfresco hot tub, and relaxing treatments. Not here to rest? Check out the 15-meter swimming pool. Come for afternoon tea too, said to have been first created by the wife of the 7th Duke of Bedford, and stop for dinner at The Square where halibut is recommended with grilled red shrimp, smoked mash and caviar sauce. is done, as is the real heat of service.

worth: £165 B&B . doubles from

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Chill out with a book in The Angel’s lounge or sample its famous pie

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Relax with a book or sample its famous pies at The Angel Lounge


Location: Lavenham

Charles Dickens may have been Angel’s most famous guest in the 1800s, but Hollywood stars of this century, Pierce Brosnan and Angelina Jolie, have been welcomed into the starry hotel in Bury St. Edmund. The Angel, impressive and covered in ivy, faces Angel Hill in the center of town, overlooking the Abbey Gate, a 14th-century stone gatehouse. You’ll definitely want rooms with these views: spacious boudoirs with Georgian sash windows, king-size beds, natty lighting, contemporary fabrics, and copper slipper baths that overlook the gatehouse. After cocktails at the buzzy bar, dine at the eatery under the suspended, delicate, ceramic wings. Don’t miss out on the ‘Pickwick Pie’ – a scrumptious steak, red wine and pastry dish. Angel’s best kept secret? Its sold-out dinner clubs are held in the hotel’s 15th-century vaults.

worth: £125 B&B . doubles from

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Hintelsham Hall at twilight is really something

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Hintelsham Hall in Twilight is Really Something

(Hintelsham Hall)

Location: Ipswich

If dozens of painted pictures could talk! The origins of Grade I-listed Hintelsham Hall are traced back to the 1400s, but much of what you’ll see today dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries—rebuilt by the Timperley family who worked for the Duke of Norfolk and the estate. lived on. About 300 years. Hintelsheim Hall, just five miles from Marine Ipswich, mixes homely with touches of antique luxury: a library with a richly worked stucco ceiling, and a few bedrooms. You’ll want the rosette room with a canopied bed in front of a carved stone fireplace and with windows overlooking the mature garden with an oil painting of the hall from a bygone era. Or the lovely, cozy beamed rooms in what was once the servants’ quarters, along a Downton Abbey-style corridor. Dine like a duke in the grand Dining Hall (awarded two AA rosettes) on greens and fish dishes and the prettiest strawberry pavlova. Don’t miss out on a summer stroll through the kitchen garden.

worth: £140 B&B . doubles from

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At Brudenell, you wake up to the sounds of the sea

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At Brudenell, you wake up to the sound of the sea

(Brudenell Hotel)

Location: Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh has inspired Benjamin Britten, Maggie Hambling and Ruth Rendell. Follow in their footsteps and breathe the fresh, salty air at one of Suffolk’s most popular seaside spots. The Brudenell Hotel is located on Shingle Beach at the southern end of the upmarket city. The Georgian building built as a hotel in the Victorian era, Suffolk enjoys incredible views of the skies and expansive ocean. Smart, renovated rooms 100 and 101 boast panoramic ocean, bird, and shingle views. my trick? Room 317: A secret space with a telescope to spy boats passing over the waves and a bedroom overlooking the river Alde that meanders through the meadows. Book a leisurely lunch at The Seafood & Grill where four daily seafood specials tempt diners. Think Lemon Soul bathed in a buttery, lemon, caperberry sauce, served with Suffolk Samphire and Herbie Mash.

worth: £150 B&B . doubles from

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