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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Kesgrave Hall | A Luxury Boutique Hotel in Suffolk

Located in the village of Kesgrave, on the outskirts of Ipswich, is Kesgrave Hall Hotel. Dating back to 1812 when it was constructed by William Cunliffe-Shawe, the building was bought by Milsom Hotel Group in 2007 and converted to a hotel. Today Kesgrave Hall is one of the finest boutique hotels in Suffolk.

Kesgrave Hall - A Luxury Boutique Hotel in Suffolk


Set in 38 acres of grounds (which includes woodlands and a lovely stream) the hotel is situated between Ipswich and the riverside town of Woodbridge. It is less than an hour's drive from the Suffolk coastline making it an ideal base to explore the area.

Towards the end of June, we had stayed at Kesgrave Hall for a short break. It was the first time we were staying at Kesgrave Hall but not the first time at a Milsom Hotel and we received the same warm hospitality that we experienced at Maison Talbooth (another of Milsom's hotels). We were made to feel welcome from the very start. It all began even before we arrived at the hotel. About a week before our visit, we received an email from the hotel with some suggestions on things to do and see in the area. The pre-arrival email was helpful and it is something I wish more hotels would send out.

Kesgrave Hall - A Luxury Boutique Hotel in Suffolk

Kesgrave Hall - A Luxury Boutique Hotel in Suffolk

Kesgrave Hall - A Luxury Boutique Hotel in Suffolk


Guest Rooms


With 23 en-suite guest rooms ranging from standard ones to the top ones boasting of bathtubs in the rooms, the hotel has a homely and inviting feel. We stayed in one of the top rooms which was on the first floor, at the front of the hotel and offered lovely views of the sweeping lawns. The top rooms are incredibly spacious with beautiful lighting and furnishings.

Guest Bedrooms at Kesgrave Hall

Guest Bedrooms at Kesgrave Hall


The bedroom we stayed in boasted of a free standing, roll top bathtub. Other amenities in the room included a very comfortable super-king size beds, a comfortable sofa to relax on and a huge walk-in shower. There was plenty of storage area in the room. Additional facilities in the room were Sky In-Room (with all the Sky channels in HD including BT Sport), free Wi-Fi access, a lovely desk, in-room telephone and safe, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar (with complimentary soft drinks and water which was very welcome because the weather was sweltering when we arrived), Bose music system and lots of magazines. The staff had also very thoughtfully placed a Dyson CoolAir in the room.

Guest Bedrooms at Kesgrave Hall

Guest Bedrooms at Kesgrave Hall

Guest Bedrooms at Kesgrave Hall

Guest Bedrooms at Kesgrave Hall

Guest Bedrooms at Kesgrave Hall

Guest Bedrooms at Kesgrave Hall

Guest Bedrooms at Kesgrave Hall

Guest Bedrooms at Kesgrave Hall

Guest Bedrooms at Kesgrave Hall

Guest Bedrooms at Kesgrave Hall

Guest Bedrooms at Kesgrave Hall


In addition to the roll top bathtub, there was a huge walk-in shower and his and her's basins. Toiletries from Aromatherapy Associates were provided.

Guest Bedrooms at Kesgrave Hall

Guest Bedrooms at Kesgrave Hall

Guest Bedrooms at Kesgrave Hall

Guest Bedrooms at Kesgrave Hall


Overall, we loved the room we stayed in. It was luxurious, spacious and beautifully designed to ensure that guests have a comfortable stay.

Dining


The all-day restaurant at Kesgrave Hall is located on the ground floor. The restaurant does not take reservations as they serve all day but as a resident guest, you do have priority over any outside diners. When we checked-in, we were asked for our preferred dining time and when we walked into the restaurant in the evening, our room number was taken and we were escorted to the dining area without any delay. The restaurant has an open kitchen (The Engine Room) and an unexpected self-ordering system. A notepad and pencil are provided on each table for guests to write down their selections.

I enjoyed a starter of crispy Haloumi, Israeli Cous Couse, Harissa, Orange and Mouli Salad - very moreish. Bhavin opted for Butternut Squash Tortellini with Brown Butter & Sage. It was delicious! For the main course, we both chose roasted Spinach Gnocchi with Artichokes, Puy Lentils and Baby Vegetables. The flavour was lovely but it was tad watery. A little bit thicker and it would have been perfect. There was a nice selection of puddings. I picked Orange Posset with Orange Jelly, Shortbread Crumb and Orange Sorbet. It looked very inviting and tasted delicious too. Bhavin ordered Raspberry Cheesecake with Yoghurt Sorbet which he enjoyed. Overall, a nice dining experience in a relaxed, informal environment.

Dining at Kesgrave Hall Restaurant

Dining at Kesgrave Hall Restaurant

Dining at Kesgrave Hall Restaurant

Dining at Kesgrave Hall Restaurant

Dining at Kesgrave Hall Restaurant

Dining at Kesgrave Hall Restaurant

Dining at Kesgrave Hall Restaurant

Dining at Kesgrave Hall Restaurant

Dining at Kesgrave Hall Restaurant


Good to know 


The hotel and grounds were amazing. I loved the well-tended lawns. And there were surprises around every corner like this traditional vintage style swing put in one of the trees in the garden. It was ages since I had seen a proper tree swing and I loved this as well. There were other activities like outdoor table tennis and boules etc.

Hotel Grounds and other facilities at Kesgrave Hall

Hotel Grounds and other facilities at Kesgrave Hall

Hotel Grounds and other facilities at Kesgrave Hall

Hotel Grounds and other facilities at Kesgrave Hall

Hotel Grounds and other facilities at Kesgrave Hall

Hotel Grounds and other facilities at Kesgrave Hall

Hotel Grounds and other facilities at Kesgrave Hall

Hotel Grounds and other facilities at Kesgrave Hall

Hotel Grounds and other facilities at Kesgrave Hall

Hotel Grounds and other facilities at Kesgrave Hall


Other facilities at Kesgrave Hall include:

- The Hangar: East Anglia's leading wedding venue for up to 300 guests
- Outside (all day) dining
- Afternoon tea served between 3 pm and 5 pm every day
- 3 meeting / private dining rooms for birthday parties, anniversary celebrations or business meetings
- Complimentary on-site parking
- Wedding licence

Out & About


Located on the eastern edge of Ipswich. Kesgrave Hall is perfect for both business and leisure travellers alike. Woodbridge, Sutton HooIpswich, Aldeburgh and Southwold are all in close proximity. The home of horseracing, Newmarket, is a little over an hour away. Exploring the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is also easy with Kesgrave Hall as your base.

Our Verdict


Kesgrave Hall is truly a gem in the Suffolk countryside. The hotel is impressive, the atmosphere relaxed and the staff very helpful and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the hotel and would recommend that you consider staying here should you be planning a visit to Ipswich or the Suffolk countryside. It definitely makes for a special weekend away.

Rooms at Kesgrave Hall start from £110 onwards including breakfast. Packages with dinner are also available.

To find out more and to book your stay, please use the details below.

Kesgrave Hall | Hall Road, Kesgrave, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP5 2PU
Phone | 01473 333741
Email | reception@kesgravehall.com

Kesgrave Hall Hotel in Suffolk
We were hosted by Kesgrave Hall in exchange for the review. All opinions, however, as always, are genuine and solely our own.

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83 comments :

  1. What beautiful rooms! It looks like a very relaxing place to stay. You'd find me out on the swing. :) To your note, I do think more hotels are starting to offer information on what to see & do around the area. Some are even organizing tours, which is such a smart idea, I think.

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    1. Yes, it is a very relaxing place - perfect to get away from it all for a few days.

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  2. Absolutely beautiful photos, I'd love to visit. The garden is gorgeous.

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  3. The scenery is beautiful - Looks a lovely blace to stay!

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  4. Looks such a splendid place. The rooms and grounds look amazing!

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  5. Ashleigh Allan14 July 2017 at 07:37

    Wow looks so amazing and luxurious. The food looks delicious

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  6. not too far from me yet I have never been there- looks lovely

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  7. This looks like a lovely hotel and a relaxing place to stay

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  8. It looks so idyllic! The perfect retreat to relax and de-stress just what i could do with at the moment. Thank you for sharing :) x x

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  9. This hotel looks lovely, stylish rooms and the food looks great! A perfect place for a few days away!

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  10. Looks beautiful I will be booking a visit

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  11. A stunning looking hotel. So luxurious. It would be a dream to own one of those baths !

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    1. Yes, Jaynes, the room was done up very luxuriously. And the free standing bath was like the icing on the cake.

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  12. Amazing pictures and the rooms look so clean and modern.

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  13. Wow! I absolutely love the decor and the grounds are beautiful. I would definitely stay in that hotel...hmmm maybe next time i have to go to London we could make a detour....

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  14. Such a stunning luxury place i would love to stay their with my family

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  15. The looks like a lovely getaway! The gardens are beautiful and the decor is really modern and funky. I'd definitely consider a weekend getaway to this little gem.

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  16. Kesgrave Hall isn't far from where I live and I love to stay locally with my husband. There's a great specialist tropical fish shop (Kesgrave Tropicals) that we like to go for a look round - we're keen aquarists!

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  17. Looks like a brilliant place to stay for a break away

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  18. This looks like a truly beautiful place and I would love to stay here.

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  19. It was lovely that they gave you a fan, especially as the weather has been particularly hot. I love it when hotels have large grounds, a wander before breakfast or dinner is always a good way to relax and not being surrounded by the sound of traffic is wonderful.

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  20. I love Suffolk and this hotel looks idyllic! Food looks delicious!

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  21. It's early morning and the thought of that lovely breakfast in that lovely open space. It's actually really tempting

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  22. Looks like an incredible place to stay. The surroundings are beautiful and the food looks lush. x

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  23. Kimberly Meadows27 July 2017 at 06:48

    Looks like an amazing place to stay ☺☺

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  24. what stunning photos - sounds like an amazing place to stay! love the interior decor.

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  25. Wow, Kesgrave Hall looks stunning, my type of hotel. Clean lines, luxury linens, perfectly manicured grounds and the food looks delicious. All the trappings of a great hotel, definitely noted if I'm down Suffolk way.

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    1. It is a lovely hotel, Helen. And the staff are fabulous too.

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  26. It looks great. I'd never want to leave.

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  27. This looks amazing. Perfect for a nice little getaway.

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  28. That looks a stunningly beautiful place I would love to stay there.

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  29. Sounds amazing, I really like that bath, it looks so relaxing.

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  30. This brings an image or peace and tranquility

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  31. WHAT A STUNNING PLACE TO STAY THE ONLY PROBLEM BEING, WOULD YOU WANT TO LEAVE ?

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  32. This looks like such an amazing place! Beautiful rooms, I love the bath tub in the room!

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  33. wow ! i love the decor and the food looks amazing ! beautiful place i dont think id want to leave x

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  34. What a lovely place, looks like an amazing break, would deffo stay!

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  35. Kesgrave Hall looks absolutely lovely...Looks like a great place to stay

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  36. I love the decor, the look of the food, and the beautiful setting. The little touches like the advance email and self-ordering are great, too. Thanks for the review!

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  37. What an amazing looking hotel- so totally luxurious

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  38. I used to live in suffolk, East anglia truly has some beautiful hidden gems. This looks like such a luxurious and peaceful get away and sheer bliss.

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  39. This certainly looks like it ticks all my boxes and is a wonderful escape - love the look of the rooms and the food too

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  40. It looks a nice place with lovely scenery and location

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  41. Looks like a lovely place to stay and the food looks delicious too!

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  42. Beautiful hotel it would be a dream to stay somewhere like this

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  43. This looks so beautiful and what a wonderful place to stay - such helpful staff too.

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  44. Stunning place would love to visit somewhere like this

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  45. Lovely rooms, stunning scenery, delicious food ... absolutely idyllic place for a short break away from it all!

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  46. Such a beautiful place would love to visit

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  47. Wow looks like an amazing hotel and the food looks amazing. Love your photos.

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  48. Wow, I've never been to Suffolk but that hotel looks like it would be a great choice.

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  49. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read and comment.

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  50. I love the quirky style of this place and gorgeous mirror side table

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  51. wow that place looks just amazing i would love to visit there and have some time away

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  52. This is absolutely stunning, and I love all the extra little touches in the room that make it both unique and luxurious. I would love to spend a night here.

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  53. Looks fabulous! I love the bath tub and the food looks divine. Wonderful view.

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  54. This looks a lovely place to stay, the rooms are very stylish. I could enjoy a long weekend here.

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  55. I would love to stay in a room with a free standing roll top bath in it! The hubby could fetch my drinks

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  56. Wow it looks like a fabulous place to stay, and the food looks delicious.

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  57. love the look of this hotel, not too big and not too small. Love the decor so different to any hotels I've stayed in :)

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  58. Definitely a place to relax and replenish both body and soul

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  59. That looks stunning inside and outside but a bit far away from me, but I would definitely do the long drive to visit here.

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  60. What a stunning place. Thank you for running such a nice competition x

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  61. I live in Long Melford and its beautiful there as Kesgrave! It is a gorgeous wedding venue too.

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  62. Looks like a gorgeous hotel, would love to visit one day.

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  63. Looks like it is a lovely place to stay, the grounds are beautiful - I especially love the swing - 'Eat, Drink, Swing'- my kind of weekend!

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  64. this looks like a beautiful relaxing place to stay

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  65. looks so amazing and is an area that I've never been to so will definitely check it out

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  66. Oh wow, what a gorgeous place to stay. I love the grounds too.

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  67. Wow, this looks amazing, would love to stay there.

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  68. Going to ear mark this hotel for future use, as Suffolk is on our doorstep and would be great for a quick getaway

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  69. An impressive place to stay and would enjoy exploring and walking round the grounds

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  70. Looks absolutely amazing, could do with a few days there

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  71. Wow looks fabulous the grounds, the gorgeous rooms and that yummy looking food loved reading your review just want to go now

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  72. Suffolk is such a lovely area. I'd love to stay here when next visiting. Looks awesome :-)

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  73. wow this looks fantastic - love the furniture and decoration in the rooms it makes it look so much more upscale than a generic hotel rom

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  74. Wow what a beautiful place to stay. Your review is fantastic

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  75. This hotel looks amazing, besides that the setting is gorgeous, the rooms look top class

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  76. looks like a fantastic place to stay and relax

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  77. Great pictures, it looks lovely. The food looks tasty & who wouldn't want a soak in that bath!

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  78. Lovely, Food looks great! I will keep this in mind if we ever visit there :)

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  79. We stayed here when my auntie got married it was absolutely stunning, the grounds are beautiful and the food was to die for x

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