The Ickworth Hotel
Home to the Hervey family from 1829 until 1996, Ickworth House was influenced by the Italian travels of Frederick Augustus Hervey. The most striking thing you’ll notice as you arrive is the Rotunda. At over 100 feet high, this impressive building was the brainchild of Fredrick Augustus, 4th Earl of Bristol and the Bishop of Derry, created to house his family and provide galleries for his art collection.
Today, the East Wing of the house is The Ickworth, a luxury family hotel where, when you are not out exploring the surroundings (there are 1800 acres at Ickworth free to explore), you can relax with a cup of tea or glass of wine by their roaring fire in the lounge.
The Swan at Lavenham
The beautiful village of Lavenham is widely considered as one of the best surviving examples of a medieval town. Surrounded by Suffolk countryside and ancient timber buildings, The Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spa is highly atmospheric, with its striking high timbered ceiling and medieval minstrels gallery.
This is a truly dramatic setting to relax in front of a roaring fire. If you like, stay for afternoon tea or even indulge in a meal at one of the hotel’s two outstanding restaurants.
This stunning Georgian boutique hotel is draped in ivy and steeped in history, with a modern twist of urban chic. Located at the heart of the town, it is a haven of relaxation amidst the Christmas chaos.
Recline in the Angel Lounge; a laid back place to sit in front of the fire and enjoy a range of delicious sharing platters- perfect for lazy afternoons with friends and family.
Alternatively, indulge in a stunning traditional afternoon tea, complete with fresh scones and delicate cakes. If you get the opportunity you should also reserve a table in The Eaterie Restaurant, where you can dine with a view of the Abbey Gardens.
The Black Lion, Long Melford
Today the hotel is snug and cosy as well as stylish and chic, perfect for snuggling up in front of the fire on a cold winter’s day. Enjoy the scrumptious meals on offer on the lunch menu or go all out and enjoy a family-sharing roast with a platter of different meats and all the trimmings to go along with it.
Children are very well catered for so bring the whole family and enjoy a welcome change of scene.
Bury St Edmunds & Farmers Club
Tucked away at the heart of Bury St Edmunds, and a popular spot for savvy locals, Bury St Edmunds & Farmers Club is a well-kept secret. Historically a club for farmers from the area, the club now welcomes members and non-members alike to enjoy the relaxing surroundings, historical bar and of course an open fire in the Jacobean lounge.
The impeccable front of house service means you will find yourself incredibly well catered for, with the Sunday lunches being especially popular, as well as a range of other delightful meals on offer through the week and a well-stocked bar!
The Weeping Willow
The Weeping Willow in the quaint village of Barrow dates back to the 16th century and is the epitome of a cosy old English pub, with wooden beams, characterful nooks and roaring fireplaces, paired with stylish contemporary décor and eclectic works by local artists.
However, step outside of the pub itself and you will be transported to a rustic, outdoor fairytale setting where you can dine alfresco under a heated tipi, complete with fairy lights, flickering candles and hanging greenery.
After eating, snuggle up on the faux fur throws and enjoy cocktails or mulled wine around the fire pit. A memorable outdoor adventure for all.
Situated in the beautiful British countryside amongst vast idyllic grounds, Ravenwood Hall's origins date back to the reign of Henry VIII; as you would expect, it's full of character and architectural features such as ornate carved oak structure, inglenook fireplaces and rare 15th century wall paintings - perfect for snuggling up next to during a delicious meal or an after dinner aperitif.
There's a range of dining options; a bright and airy Garden Room and the cosy bar area – perfect for a more relaxed dining experience and in the colder months you can enjoy the roaring fire to warm you up.
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