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The Ickworth Hotel & Apartments - a luxury family hotel

Child friendly hotel, Suffolk – Ickworth House, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

About The Ickworth Hotel & Apartments - a luxury family hotel

The Ickworth, set within 1800 acres of National Trust parkland, is a very splendid hotel. It is part of the Luxury Family Hotels group hence all members of your family will be accommodated without compromise; so you might all have a fun, family time together, or perhaps take time out as a couple for a quiet hour alone whilst the little ones are in the supervised creche; in any case the kids will be fully occupied with or without you. There’s plenty of room for the kids to play; indoors in the crèche or play room and outdoors with equipment galore to enjoy the space including hotel bikes, a trampoline, the huge adventure playground, nature trails, exclusive National Trust events, tennis courts and football pitches. Then there are two fantastic restaurants, a gorgeous library in which to read or enjoy pre-dinner drinks, the wonderful Treatment Centre to disappear into and the knowledge that you are all genuinely welcome come what may… enjoy!

The Ickworth Hotel & Apartments offer a fabulous opportunity to savour the good things in life – a stunning building, fabulous scenery, delicious food, kids play areas/crèche, decadent spa and pool and 1800 acres of National Trust Parkland on the Ickworth Estate to discover. 

There’s an eclectic mixture of furniture throughout which combines the old, not so old and downright contemporary brilliantly - all very stylish and elegant and comfortable.  You’ll enjoy the relaxing and friendly atmosphere whilst enjoying your lovely surroundings and remember what holidaying is all about.


The hotel is situated in the East Wing of the original Hervey family home and boasts 27 bedrooms all individually designed offering luxury and comfort in traditional and contemporary styles.  

Children sleep in a bedroom or apartment for free; you just pay for their meals.

The hotel has 27 rooms some traditionally decorated, others contemporary.  Rooms range from standard doubles to interconnecting and suites so whatever your numbers/ages you will be accommodated fittingly.  All have in-room monitors linked up to reception so that you may dine out once the children are settled.

The Dower House, just a 10-minute walk to the Hotel, is set in 4 acres of gardens and holds 11 stunning 1 or 2 bedroom apartments.  Offering spacious self-catering accommodation the apartments are perfect for a group of friends or large family gathering and give you the freedom to use the fabulous facilities of the hotel too.

Each apartment includes a microwave and convection oven, fridge and dishwasher. A laundry room with washer/dryer is available.  The kids can choose from DVDs, a Playstation and board games or partake of the table tennis and air hockey in the converted garage.  Should you decide you don’t wish to cook there’s a full take-away food service from the main hotel, otherwise baby sitting can be arranged at £8 per hour for you to dine out.

A further alternative is the recently refurbished Butlers Lodge, just a stones throw from the main hotel, which has three bedrooms, a bathroom, full kitchen, large living space and its own walled garden.

Cots, highchairs, sterlisers, nappy buckets and baby food are available should you need them – if you want anything else just ask!


The kitchens serves wholesome and nutritious food, freshly prepared, for those that will partake - fussy eaters are catered for as needed!  Children have their own two-course lunch served in the conservatory with choices from the menu. A buffet supper is conveniently served in Café Inferno during peak holiday season from 5.00 - 6.30pm or in the conservatory at less busy times.   High tea is available for the younger children served in The Four Bears Den at 5:00pm with a set menu changed daily.  Meals in The Four Bears Den are charged at £7.00 per child for two courses; the children's buffet supper £8.50 per child for two courses. A children's menu is available in the Conservatory from £5.00 per child.

Fine dining is reputable at The Ickworth so it would be wise to book.  Fredericks Restaurant, awarded two rosettes, overlooks the Italian gardens, and provides the perfect setting for a candle-lit sophisticated adult-only meal.  The Conservatory, open all day and evening, provides simple, tasty dishes for the whole family to enjoy.

Child Care

The Ofsted registered Four Bears Den is an ideal distraction for babies and young children and the perfect place to alleviate any guilt you may have when booking into the Spa next door.  The nannies supervise daily from 10.00am until 4.45pm although the facility is open 24 hours a day should one of you decide to give the other a lie in!  Free play is encouraged when appropriate with lots of toys and activities to choose from.   Sessions are for up to 2 hours; it’s not necessary to book before you arrive. 

Club Blu, complete with table football, table tennis and computer games is the older kids space where they can socialise and have time out from the grown ups. 

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Terms & conditions


Please note that these are ‘from’ prices and may vary depending on the day of the week and the hotel’s occupancy levels.

All rates are inclusive of VAT at the current rate.

Rates are per room, per night, based on two adults sharing a room. Interconnecting room rates are for a pair of rooms, per night for up to two adults and two children.

Children up to the age of 16 stay for free in their parent’s room – subject to the suitability of the room to take extra beds. Rates are inclusive of breakfast for two adults and children staying in the same room.


30% non-refundable deposit to be taken by credit/debit card at the time of booking.

50% non-refundable deposit to be taken during school holidays.

Check in & out

Check in is 3pm, check out is 11am.

Cancellation policy

​For individual reservations during school holiday periods or for weekends between 31st March and 31st October 2018, we will charge the remaining balance for the entire stay for any cancellations within 14 days of arrival.
For individual reservations during any other periods, we will charge an additional 70% of the quoted rate for the entire stay for any cancellations within 72 hours of arrival. Group bookings are defined as five or more rooms.
For group bookings, we will charge 70% of the total of the rooms cancelled within 28 days of arrival. Any deposits relating to any group rooms cancelled will be non-refundable nor transferrable to another room in the group.
Full pre-payment may apply on special events and some special offers. We strongly urge you to take out appropriate holiday cancellation insurance, especially for longer stays. This must cover you in case of cancellation as a result of any conditions outside of our control, e.g. Bad weather (snow), children’s illness etc.
No refunds will be given for failing to take up any component included in the price of your holiday, including meals.


​Single Occupancy of a double/twin room: a discount of £25 applies for single occupancy on a bed and breakfast basis, and £50 on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Should you wish to bring your dog with you, there will be a supplement of £15 per night. Please note that not all bedrooms are suitable for dogs and therefore this option is strictly subject to availability and must be booked in advance.

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