Kesgrave Hall

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PACKED WITH GOOD LOOKING gastro-flair, Kesgrave Hall is a grand country mansion dating back to 1812 that's now a decidedly cool and contemporary address.

Just the place for exploring Suffolk's Heritage coast and hinterland, this Grade ll listed Georgian manor offers buckets of space to relax in both inside and out. Set amid 40 acres of sweeping lawns and woodland, Kesgrave Hall – once a wartime air base and a school – is now a glam and groovy place to stay. Once we had reached the edge of Ipswich it was great to turn into the hotel's lush parkland setting.

Chic and affordable bedrooms sport contemporary colours, crisp white linen, posh bathrooms and the latest TVs and MP3 players. Lavish Principal suites big enough to throw a party in (we loved ours) await those with cash to splash, and most rooms have high ceilings and great bath products.

All day dining
There's relaxed, all-day dining at the gastro-bar style restaurant – a big hit with locals. This spills out on to a wide terrace shaded by giant sails, inviting al fresco dining all year round. An open-plan kitchen allows diners to watch the chefs at work, and there's a lounge with plenty of squishy sofas to relax in afterwards.

Head chef Stuart Oliver champions local produce and dishes feature plenty of classic bistro faves like fish and chips and steak and kidney pudding, as well as more adventurous fare such as osso bucco with herbed gnocci.

Kesgrave Hall's bar retains all its original features plus a few newer ones – huge gothic mirrors and a granite topped bar looking out on to the terrace. The hotel's easy-living vibe and nothing's-too-much-trouble staff add to its appeal.

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Kesgrave Hall was reviewed for Room for Romance by Sarah Robinson

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