The Ickworth Hotel
Ever wondered what it's like to live the Georgian high-life? If you have then you could do worse than get yourself to Ickworth, which offers an excellent idea of how the other half lived back in the day. Part of the Luxury Family Hotels group, Ickworth Hotel is located within the 1,800-acre Ickworth Estate and offers a range of hotel and semi self-catering accommodation.
Eat: There are two restaurants at Ickworth, with more formal dining on offer at Fredericks (with its excellent views of the Italianate garden) and more relaxed bistro-style food on offer in the Conservatory. Neither allow dogs, but staff will look after your best friend for free while you go and eat. Or you can eat in the lounge with your dog (although the menu is quite limited).
Sleep: There are rooms in all categories that allow dogs. And there is something for most tastes, too, with interiors that range from the straightforward, classical period living to the downright modern. Indeed there are delightful modernist touches throughout the hotel. All rooms, regardless of design approach, are tasteful and supremely comfortable. For bigger dogs (or those staying with more than one) it makes sense to book a larger room. There is also a range of self-catering apartments available at The Lodge (which is set within its own 4-acre garden, half a mile from the main hotel). There is a £10 charge a night for dogs, but they get a cushion/bed and a bowl.
Walk: It's unlikely that you'd need anything outside of the amazing 1,800-acre Ickworth estate, which is operated by the National Trust. Hotel guests get complimentary admission to the House and can stay in the Italianate Gardens later than the public. For those determined to get further afield, there are some lovely rural walks in the nearby countryside, including the Thetford Forest.
Bury St Edmunds
TL 81539 61540
Q: Can I leave my dog alone in the bedroom?
Q: Where else are dogs allowed?
A: In the lounge
Q: Can my dog come with me when I go to eat?
A: Yes, in the lounge (limited menu), or use the dog-sitting service
Q: Are there any extra charges for dogs?
A: £10, includes a cushion and a bowl