This year has been the perfect time for a staycation, so we took the opportunity to explore our beautiful and varied English countryside.
Our trip to Suffolk led us to a luxury family hotel near Bury St Edmunds. The Ickford Hotel is set in 1,800 acres of green fields and carefully tended gardens, a celebration of all that is found in an English country garden.
As part of The National Trust, the hotel proved to be a wonderful base for families aiming to escape for ambling walks in the fresh air, picnics on the grass and bike rides along winding paths flocked by grazing sheep. As we were looking for a relaxing few days away we made the most of exploring every inch of the countryside right on our doorstep, before ending our days in the hotel's beautiful conservatory dining room.
Venturing out for a day-trip, we drove the short way into nearby Bury St Edmunds to take a look around. In the town centre, we found bustling stalls with locals selling all sorts of wares, which fitted the historic market town label. Our walk continued on to the beautiful St Edmundsbury Cathedral and sprawling adjacent park filled with colourful flower beds and abbey ruins, the perfect place for a toddler to have a run around.
With plenty of cosy little independent coffee spots nearby we fuelled up, dropped into a few clothing boutiques, then returned for a swim in the hotel pool before dinner.
A few days in the green Suffolk countryside was just the change of scene we needed to refresh ourselves before returning to London.