Family Hotel Review: Kesgrave Hall and Spa
By Rachel Ducker
The new Spa at Kesgrave Hall presents the perfect place to escape to post lockdown. Surrounded by 38 acres of parkland, blending into its natural surroundings you will find an open-planned space allowing the outside to flow in. Natural light beams through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows helping you really feel at one with nature.
At the spa you will find five double treatment rooms along with sunbeds that stretch the south-facing deck. But, of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a large hot tub and cosy sofas that rest either side of the outside fireplace. From manicures and pedicures, to facials, massages, waxes, body wraps and makeovers, there is something to help everyone feel like a better version of themselves after being locked away for so long.
The team at the spa gave a very warm welcome, I enjoyed a prenatal massage which was incredible. I love the fact the spa is separate to the hotel as it feels like you are within a resort, they even have their very own bespoke golf buggy to run you up the hill, just in case you really want to put your feet up.
For anyone who still might be uncertain about visiting a spa in the coming weeks, the team at Kesgrave Hall have got social distancing covered, from relaxing on the deck to being pampered in the treatment rooms. Beside each door is a wall-mounted Elemis hand sanitiser, and all guests are politely asked to sanitise or wash their hands before treatments begin.
Hotel and room
The 4,000 square foot building is the latest addition to the Milsom Hotels and Restaurants portfolio, which sits just on the outskirts of Ipswich. The Grade II listed building at Kesgrave Hall is also home to a modern restaurant and 23 luxury bedrooms, looking out across sweeping lawns, ideal for children and dogs, who are both welcome.
To make this experience really special why not book into the hotel for a couple of nights? On this occasion we had just the one with our two-year-old son Leo. As those of you with families know, we don’t travel lightly anymore, so the ground floor rooms are perfect for pushchair access. Fully air-conditioned, these rooms still carry the signature style of Milsom’s zebra print sofas, large leather mirrors and, not forgetting, the super-king size bed, which is perfect for a family of three!
Food and drink
This wasn’t our first trip to Kesgrave Hall, we love eating al fresco under the canopied terrace and on the particular warm summer evening we visited we could have been in the Algarve, so for those who don’t want to travel outside of the UK at the moment, it’s ideal.
The kitchen, led by head chef Lee Cooper , offers a vast brassiere menu, complete with some tasty vegan options. There’s a fun way of placing food orders: a notepad and pencil are present on each table for diners to write their food selections. My food highlights included the tortellini and the dark chocolate delice, whilst from the cocktail menu you can never go wrong – but being 6 months pregnant I was on the orange juice this time.
In a nutshell
With the addition of the spa, I feel Kesgrave Hall now really can offer it all. A trip here could prove to be the perfect opportunity to kick back and unwind as things slowly start to get back to normal.
Rooms at Kesgrave Hall start from £150 onwards including breakfast. Packages with dinner are also available.
Address: Hall Road, Kesgrave, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP5 2PU
Phone: 01473 333741