Satis House is a Georgian property set in three acres of parkland in the small village of Yoxford, Suffolk.
According to Satis House it’s where Charles Dickens penned part of Great Expectations and has even featured (and won) on Channel 4’s Four In A Bed. So, how did my stay go? Read on below.
I received an invitation to a wedding reception across England in Suffolk last week.
After a quick check on the map I realised the venue was nearly a two and a half hour drive away from Milton Keynes and that’s without accounting for rest stops (a necessity when you’re nearly six months pregnant). Not the kind of distance that is acceptable to drive there and back in one evening, so what other options are there? Road trip and turn it into a mini break!
The wedding reception was being held at Bruisyard Hall, a country house and wedding venue in the sleepy village of Bruisyard. With only farms and fields around for company, accommodation choices were limited in the immediate vicinity but after looking a little further towards the coast I found Yoxford and specifically, Satis House. A hotel conveniently located on the A12 and not too far away from the wedding party. Pictures looked good, price acceptable, room booked. Sorted.
So Mr LouBou and I packed our bags, shipped our little half pint off to his grandparents (thank you!) and set off on an exciting road trip, just the two of us.
As a parent, when you commence doing something child-free, a whole rush of feelings come along with it. A mix of wow, I’m free and a bit of sadness and missing your child, like when you turn around in the car expecting to see your little lad’s face and are greeted with an empty car seat – BUT FREEDOM! You have to enjoy every opportunity when it arises and tell yourself you’ll be back with them before you know it.
Travelling across the country we passed through lots of beautiful countryside in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and then Suffolk.
Arriving at Satis House, we pulled into a long, gravel driveway and were greeted by the beauty of the main house. There is lots of parking directly in front of the hotel which means no nasty long walks with bags.
It’s a Georgian Grade II listed building, so it’s understandably a very pretty period house indeed. I felt like Elizabeth Bennet stumbling up to the front doors. Except I was wearing a pinafore, not a fancy dress and had converse on my feet, instead of something smart. But hey, If Elizabeth Bennet was around in 2016, I wouldn’t hasten to bet that she’d be fond of a pair of converse too.
There is a huge lawn to the front aspect of the property that is bordered by an array of tall trees and bushes that shield the house and grounds from the outside world. You definitely don’t feel like you’re in a village and can easily imagine you are in the depths of the Suffolk countryside when you stand in it.
To the side of the hotel there is a walled garden that’s filled with tables and chairs for guests to enjoy.
Upon entering the house, we rang the desk bell and the check in process was swift and easy with Emma-Louise, the hotel manager.
Emma gave us a swift tour of the hotel, including the breakfast room where we were to enjoy breakfast in the morning. The bar and restaurant if we needed it and also a public lounge filled with board games (lovely touch) and sofas available for us to enjoy at any time.
The restaurant has actually been awarded two rosettes which must speak for its quality. Sadly as we had wedding plans I wasn’t able to sample the restaurant food but if we venture back to Suffolk (soon, I hope) then a try of the food will be top priority.
She then took us upstairs to our room, The Framlingham and seeing I was pregnant asked if there was anything I needed to be more comfortable during our stay. An extra pillow was provided with no trouble at all.
The Framlingham room is very spacious (it’s huge) and filled with period charm.
It includes a four-poster bed, two floor-to-ceiling windows, a fireplace (with seating area), television and DVD player, tea and coffee making facilities, KITKATS, fridge – with water and FRESH MILK inside (no UHT pots for Satis House guests), iron with ironing board, hair dryer, dressing table with mirror, balcony with outdoor seating (and amazing views over the front lawn) and a fair size en suite bathroom.
I loved the bed so much. Huge, ornate, wooden thing that felt straight out of Hogwarts. My first time in a four-poster bed and I hope not the last.
Getting ready for the wedding reception was easy work with lots of mirrors in the room and the dressing table all being valuable assets.
Lovely toiletries were provided in the bathroom too.
Then it was time to leave for Bruisyard Hall. A breath-taking 14th-century country house with a stunning converted barn (where the wedding reception was held) all set in 700 acres of beautiful Suffolk countryside.
In a modern twist to the standard sandwich and cold buffet you see at most wedding receptions, the cutest paper cones filled with fresh fish and chips were offered around to guests. I loved this idea and very tasty too!
Cake cut, first dance complete and lots of celebrating later it was time to say goodbye to Bruisyard Hall and make our way back to Satis House.
I slept really well in the four-poster bed and woke up feeling refreshed and energised. As the sun was rising it cast the most beautiful sunbeams through the double windows of the room. It was quite something to see. The views on the balcony were also so lovely to start the day too.
My stomach was rumbling so we took a leisurely trot downstairs to the breakfast room and was greeted by the smiles of two lovely ladies who were serving in there. Took a table of our choice and nose down into the menu to see what we fancied to eat.
Mr LouBou ordered the Suffolk Breakfast and I ordered Eggs Royale. Toast was ordered for us both and we were invited to help ourselves to the breakfast table in the room which was filled with juices, cereals, yogurt, fruit and preserves/spreads for the toast.
The Suffolk Breakfast was their take on a full English breakfast. My husband thought it was delicious and was the perfect amount of grub (he did miss baked beans though).
My Eggs Royale was smoked salmon on top of a toasted English muffin and smothered in hollandaise sauce. The hollandaise was a tad heavy with vinegar but on the whole it was an enjoyable breakfast.
I loved the bread used for the toast and also really enjoyed the fresh yogurt with muesli all washed down with piping hot breakfast tea and fresh fruit orange juice.
Sadly it was then time to go back to our room and back up our belongings to return home and back to normality.
Check out was extremely straightforward and a friendly goodbye saw us out the door and on our way.
I really enjoyed my time in Suffolk, our time away as a couple and being able to wish a happy couple congratulations on their wedding day.