Updated: Jun 11, 2018
When I was approached by LFH to test out and review one of their six hotels I was not only flattered but also intrigued. As a family of six, hotels stopped working for us some time ago, around when Dottie needed a bed rather than a travel cot, things became trickier and then Tiggy arrived and I don't think we've had a hotel style break since. When I found out from the website that The Ickworth is also National Trust I was sold as you may or may not know we love a little National Trust jaunt.
On arrival at The Ickworth we were completely blown away as we drove along the vast driveway towards the momentous house. for a few moments I started to think how can this be aimed at families? But as we walked up the steps to the hotel reception and I spotted children’s wellies all lined up ready for their little guests I realised we and the children were in for a real treat.
We checked in and headed to our room or should I say rooms. With two large adjoining family suites both with family bathrooms and a living area we had more space than I’ve ever had in any hotel. The rooms are a little piece of luxury with all the things you could possibly need for the children, they even had little robes for them.
The little touches for the children didn't stop there, they are throughout the hotel from trunks full of toys on the landings to masses of dvds to borrow for your room they have thought of everything. As we arrived late afternoon not long after check-in it was time for dinner we opted to eat at six as a family in the conservatory, there are various options the children can have "High Tea" in the cinema room from 5pm, you can eat as a family from 6pm in the conservatory or if you fancy a bit of adult time you can dine at Frederick’s while making the most of the baby-sitting service.
The food was incredible as was the setting the conservatory really is one of the prettiest rooms I’ve ever seen. It felt lovely to be somewhere a little bit special but not in any way did we feel uncomfortable having our children with us as everyone was doing the same, while we were eating there were children at every table.
Whenever we go away our children are always desperate to hit the pool so that was the first stop the next morning. In the most beautiful setting we had the pool to ourselves, both morning's which you couldn't guarantee. but it was fun playing imagine if this was our pool. there are stacks of towels so no need to take your own and masses of floats woggles, baby boats and googles.
Next up we decided to venture across from the hotel to Ickworth House we're National Trust members but if you aren't the hotel can provide you with a guest pass during your stay. We headed to the bike barn where everyone was sorted from the huge range of different bikes and scooters. There were plenty of helmets and bikes with stabiliser's so even the smallest cyclists were sorted.
After exploring the beautiful grounds of Ickworth House and a bite to eat we headed back to the hotel, Where the girls enjoyed two hours at the “Four Bears Den" children’s club playing and crafting. Josh and Felix had some quality time in the Blu room playing on the Xbox and Playstation and hitting the football and ping pong tables. All while I enjoyed one blissful hour to myself at the spa, enjoying a facial, which I have to say was just incredible!
I had wondered whether there would be enough to keep everyone happy all day but with a secret fairy garden full of play equipment, a trampoline, tennis courts and football goals they had a blast and really were spoilt for choice.
I genuinely cannot recommend the The Ickworth hotel enough it was so nice to feel like we were staying somewhere special even with four children in tow.... this hotel isn't just family friendly it is completely family focused and truly is a Luxury Family Hotel. We will be sure to visit again.