Thls is a no nonsense hotel, where rules are made to be obeyed, and in a way that's rather nice these days to find a place that has standards. No chewing gum in the pool and leisure area. No T shirts or trainers at dinner. I had obviously overlooked this point when I booked, and my my husband made 'do' with the same shirt two nights running, but we decided not to dine at £31.50 a person a third night, although the food was delicious and the service great, for want of a shirt the third night .... well Seckford Hall rules are rules. The fittings and furnishings are beautiful, and the setting of Seckford Hall splendid, lovely grounds full of daffodils, and a lake.
Our room was in the main house, and the fabrics well chosen in primrose and pale blue made the most of the dappled light through the mullion lead tudor windows. The room was small compared to what I would usually accept, the four poster was beautifully carved and the bed itself comfortable, although barely a double difficult to get used to from a super-king!! The bathroom was small too, but OK – the toilet was just a bit too close to the wall so not much leg room. The shower was OK would be great if it was a power shower. The towel rails were lovely for warming our towels, we went with our own face flannels, as they don’t provide them. I would suggest the fabric on the furnished chairs could do with a good deep clean, as previous guests had obviously not worm underwear when they sat down, so I made sure to cover them with a towel when I sat down. There was a good choice of tea in a wooden box and they provided small bottles of mineral water in glass bottles.
The leisure centre closes early on Sundays and Mondays worth noting if you want a swim after a long day. The pool itself was OK, but the tiles could do with a refurb a bit cracked and dirty, the depth sign is showing signs of rust. The Jacuzzi was fine and gave out 5 minute bursts of bubbles, so we used 5 of those to get a good jacuoooz.
Do try the lobster thermidor, it would be too expensive to rescue all the lobsters with their claws tied up in the fresh water pool – but I at least rescued one. You do get an amuse bouche when you dine at the restaurant. If you are taking the 3 course evening meal, go hungry.
Breakfasts are served on very hot plates a good standard; the local Proctor butcher’s sausages were good, and the buffet choice reasonable. One small criticism though the first day I asked for tomato ketchup, and was getting a juice when it arrived and came back to find it plonked on my plate, I would rather of liked to have added it myself. The waitress had apparently asked my husband where to put the ketchup! Needless to say that caused a bit of an unnecessary argument! The marmalade is good.
Afternoon tea is a delight a good choice of cakes and a bucket of cream to enjoy with nice scones.
The bar was a good area for pre-dinner drinks and bar snacks. But, I always find old tressle sewing machine tables a bit uncomfortable to sit at. The cranberry drink I had was just a mixer, I am used to a nice long high ball glass of cranberry or even a pint glass. The limited Sunday night bar menu was OK and the chips good. However, the cheese and pickle and ham and mustard sandwiches we ordered came without pickle and mustard, a small point.
Overall, it was a comfortable stay, the staff were very efficient and pleasant. We would go back, but perhaps next time try out one of the court yard new rooms, or at least one with a larger bed.
The venue is near to Sutton Hoo the famous Viking burial site and not too distant from Dunwich the lost town - both of which are worth a visit, and there are some lovely walks around. If you enjoy a concert Snape Maltings are near too check out the Aldeburgh Music festival.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful four-star luxury hotel and spa offering an ideal base to explore the county of Suffolk - from the local Suffolk coast featuring popular destinations such as Southwold and Aldeburgh to Constable country visiting villages such as Flatford and Dedham. Steeped in history, the magnificent red brick Tudor building is over 500 years old and is complemented by the modern facilities of the newly refurbished Seckford Spa, adjacent to the main hotel building. Perfect for business or pleasure, the hotel is also a wonderful Suffolk wedding venue with acres of beautiful grounds and a lake. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Seckford Hall Woodbridge, UK - Suffolk
- Seckford Hall Hotel Woodbridge