ACE Cultural Tours

We had the pleasure last month of having a wonderful group of people visit us from ACE cultural tours, who used ourselves as their base while they visited the wonders of Suffolk’s constable country. The Tour director, Dr Colin Bailey forwarded the below to us!

“Hintlesham Hall Hotel, which has a very interesting history, is one of the loveliest hotels I have ever stayed in on an ACE Tour and by far the most comfortable and luxurious that we have used for Constable & Gainsborough in Suffolk.

It is a handsome early Georgian mansion, set in extensive grounds far from the nearest road. All of the bedrooms, some of which were in a wing of the old house and others in a more recent annexe, were large and well appointed. Given that we were there during some of the hottest June days in England in over 40 years, the rooms were mostly pleasantly cool. Fans were available from reception for those whose bedrooms were not so easily ventilated.

The public rooms were large, welcoming and attractive. There were several sitting rooms close to reception, and the bar was also spacious and attractive.

The room which was set aside for our exclusive use at dinner was wood-paneled and looked out through a French window onto gardens and a pond at the rear. On the first night we allsat at one long table but, after a request to change this, on the subsequent nights we sat at three large circular tables. All three dinners were outstanding. The food was varied and interesting and cooked to standards that came close to cordon bleu.

Except on the last morning, we breakfasted together in the dining room. Our last breakfast was taken in the general breakfast room, where tables were set aside for our use. Breakfasts were generous, with a choice of continental, full English, or a combination of both. Guests could therefore help themselves from the extensive buffet or order a hot breakfast from the helpful and attentive waiters and waitresses.

All of the staff were friendly, helpful, patient, efficient and considerate. I couldn’t praise the more highly. ”


ACE Tours were a delight to have with us and we do hope to work with them again in the future.

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