Set in three acres of parkland, tucked away just off the A12, is the grand 18th Century, Grade II listed Satis House.
Rachel Ducker was invited along to spend an evening at the privately run hotel and restaurant, here is what she thought.
‘Situated ideally for days out, from expeditions to the nearby coast, trips to Minsmere nature reserve, or visiting local bustling market towns such as Halesworth or Framlingham, Satis House provides you with the ability to do all of this an more.
As we pulled into the private drive, the gravel track lead us down to the magnificent façade of this Georgian House, surrounded by an array of trees that shielded the building and its grounds from the outside world.
Suddenly, you feel like you are away from everything and on this particular evening, this was just what I needed!
With parking just outside the entrance, there was no need to struggle for miles with bags. Walking with bags is one of my pet hates!
As the cold hit me, upon entering the period house’s large doors, I burst through, flustered, feeling like an ever so less glamorous Elizabeth Bennett. To my rescue General Manager Neil warmly greeted me with a large smile and put me right at ease.
“It was said that Charles Dickens was a regular visitor to Satis House when it was a private residence, and the curious name actually pops up in his book Great Expectations.”
It promises that ‘whoever stays in the house could wish for nothing more’. Quite a boast. So how did it measure up?
Our room for the evening was situated in one of the hotels more recent editions outside of the main house. The eco pods are perfect for those who love travel with their dogs. On this occasion we left our Norfolk Terrier Archie with his grandma, but one of these rooms would be an asset to those travelling with their furry companions.
As we prepared for dinner, we were keen to get back into the main building to sample the menus we’d heard so much about, from many of our friends and family.
The one thing I can’t fault at Satis House, is their customer service. Throughout our stay every staff member we encountered made us feel very welcome, and in particular the hotels Head Chef, Ben Cliff.
It is unusual to see a chef away from his kitchen; however, it is clear to see that Ben takes pride in introducing his menu, he cares about his customers and was great at recommending his dishes.
Being my usual self, I was having trouble deciding on what to order. Ben kindly suggested that we should have a pre-dinner cocktail at the bar whilst we were deciding. This sounded like an excellent idea, so barman Ollie sorted us out with a ‘Dark and Stormy’ and a ‘Classic Martini.’ Whilst this was happening, Ben also suggested we should start with one of his freshly baked to order specialties the N’Duja & Gruyere baked bread.
Now, I am not a ‘Gruyere’ fan but this bread was out of this world. In fact it tempted me to order more hastily to see what the rest of the dishes would be like. So onto the meal…
I began with one of my favourite dishes named Pan seared scallops with Bacon, a Parsnip Puree and Apple. I have to admit that these were by far the tastiest Scallops I’d had in a long time.
My partner opted for the more elaborate Crispy Lamb, with Gooseberry and radish Salad. We were both really impressed with our choices – although I still think I chose the better dish!
Onto the main event, I chose the Moules Mariniere, but with a twist. They were served with a Fennel & N’Duja broth with Samphire and a shot of Galliano. Absolutely stunning!
My partner selected the Beef served two ways. It didn’t last very long and after having a little nibble myself; I have to say the dish was very yummy indeed.
After a short interval, my partner decided to have a dessert, but I couldn’t manage anything apart from a Paddy & Scott’s Espresso Martini made perfectly by Ollie. Though, when my partner received his Freshly Baked Cookies and Ice Cream, I have to admit I was a tiny bit jealous! On the whole the food was delicious and well presented. It was a truly enjoyable meal in a very relaxed setting.
We would definitely recommend a relaxing break away at this lovely hotel. Satis House have some great Christmas packages available, including a New Years Eve Casino Night.
If you would like more information about Christmas events and packages, please get in touch with the hotel – For more information visit www.satishouse.co.uk | Phone: 01728 668221