Whether you're visiting Essex for leisure or business, choose from a great selection of top-of-the-range five-star hotels and look forward to outstanding hospitality.
Visit Framlingham, One of England's Finest Norman Landmarks
Nearly 900 years old, Framlingham Castle became an exclusive residence after it was captured by King John in the early-13th Century. In 1553, Mary Tudor, the daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, was crowned queen of England here, and continued to reign until her death five years later.
Walk along the impressive 10.5-metre-high castle wall, see the castle's fantastic exhibitions, buy a souvenir, or just relax with a picnic on the grounds. Throughout the year, the castle celebrates many important events such as kings and queens festivals, re-enactments of the Battle of 1066, and other historical-themed events that are fun for the whole family.
Exquisite Rooms at 5 Star Suffolk Hotels
All rooms in five-star hotels here are intricately decorated and have luxury bedding so you will always sleep perfectly. Normally, they will include fully equipped private bathrooms with luxury toiletries, and coffee makers so you can always enjoy a freshly brewed cup of Java to get you going in the morning!
Visit Magnificent Kentwell Hall
Dating back to Tudor times, this grand stately home was built on a former medieval manor house, and is surrounded by elegant landscaped grounds with an enchanting avenue and Walled Garden. Kentwell Hall is frequently hired for weddings and other special occasions, and is renowned for its elaborate interior artwork and charming Stableyard Tearoom, where you can indulge in delicious fresh lunches, cakes and other tasty treats.
See Ickworth House
Another enchanting landmark, this neo-classical country house dates back to the early-19th Century and is known for its beautiful Italian-inspired architecture and artworks. See its attractive Regency furniture and fine silver, and have a relaxing stroll in its picturesque landscaped gardens. A short drive away to the south is the delectable Long Melford Swan, a five-star boutique hotel offering opulent accommodation and refined cuisine.
Visit the National Horseracing Museum
In historic Newmarket, a short journey from several luxury hotels, you can find the National Horseracing Museum, which offers an interesting insight into the history of this prestigious sport. See its superb trophy collection and equestrian paintings, and learn about the famous horses that have raced on British soil over the years. Visit the adjacent Vestey Gallery of British Sporting Art where you can learn about the history of other sports such as boxing and rowing.
Other Places of Interest in Suffolk - Some Recommendations
With in-room WiFi in your five-star hotel, you could book online tickets to a show at the Bury St. Edmund's Theatre Royal, a Regency theatre offering excellent live performances throughout the year. If you're interested in aviation, don't forget to go to the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum near RAF Bungay in the north of the county. This venue, opened in 1972, has dozens of restored aircraft, as well as thousands of other aviation-related artefacts exhibiting the history of the RAF, air-sea rescue, and the Royal Observer Corps.