Not only is Hill House Hall on Woodbridge’s Market Hill one of the oldest houses on the Suffolk Coast, it is also one of the best hotels in the world.
In 2011, The Sunday Times listed this quirky 14th century guesthouse in their list of the Top 100 Hotels in the World, noting (among other things) that the beds are ‘comfier than those in any five star establishment.’
What it lacks in stars (boasting a mere four of the possible five) Hill House Hall makes up for with unique character and charm. Behind its pretty Georgian façade is a stunning medieval house, complete with ancient timber frames and flagstones. Other original features include Tudor wall paintings in the main hall, open fireplaces, ship timbers and a rare example of a Tudor merchant’s mark, all of which make Hill House Hall a house of considerable historic importance.
As evinced by The Sunday Times’ glowing recommendation, Hill House Hall is far from medieval when it comes to creature comforts. Both of the two bedrooms (North Hall and South Hall) have their own bathroom, and an exquisite, sleep-inducing bed. A delicious full English is always on offer in the morning, of course.
Above all it is the hospitality of the owner, Sarenka, and her partner, Edward, which makes Hill House Hall one of the best hotels in the world. Their aim is to make everyone feel as welcome as possible, which is why Hill House Hall feels like a warm, family home. Sarenka, Edward and their guests all eat together in the kitchen, while Sarenka’s cats slink around the house. (Don’t worry, they’re not allowed in any of the guest rooms!)
For more information on this gem of the Suffolk Coast, visit the Hill House Hall website, or call Sarenka on 01394 383890.