Hintlesham is a village about half way between Hadeigh and Ipswich situated largely on the A1071. It is noted for Hintlesham Hall, a 16th Century Grade 1 listed country house that was restored and turned into a hotel by the famous chef and food writer Robert Carrier. The business was owned later by the hotelier and broadcaster Ruth Watson. If you are looking for fine dining and grand ambiance then this is the place for you. www.hintleshamhall.co.uk In the grounds of the Hall is Hintlesham Golf Club – set in 150 acres of tranquil Suffolk countryside. It has built up a reputation for being a friendly and welcoming venue – particularly for societies, charity and corporate days. It has a superb bar and dining area with a large decking area overlooking the course. Uniquely it is the home of one of the World’s best trick shot artists – Kevin Carpenter. www.hintleshamgolfclub.com
Just passed the Hall on the way to Hadleigh you can find Hintlesham Barns which offer offer a unique shopping experience with a selection of hand-picked home and fashion ware. They also serve delicious cakes with tea and coffee – well worth a visit. www.hintleshambarns.co.uk
On the main street is The George, a pub that is renowned for good, home cooked food. There is plenty of space for celebrations, quizzes and music nights. www.ghpub.co.uk
If you are an angler then Hintlesham Fisheries should be on your itinerary – now open after a 4 year rebuilding and restocking programme. They offer peaceful fishing in four well stocked lakes – 30lb carp, 10lb tench and 20lb cat-fish could be on the end of your line. www.carpuk.co.uk
The parish church of St Nicholas is a typical Decorated church – not typical for Suffolk. It was converted to secular use in 1540. Chattisham’s church – St Margaret’s – is about a mile away. The parishes of Hintlesham and Chattisham were joined 350 years ago. In addition to the above Hintlesham also has a primary school, garage, community hall and playing field. www.hintleshamandchattisham.onesuffolk.net
The sister village of Chattisham has an annual open garden event in June to raise funds for the Church restoration fund. 14 gardens including formal, natural and aquatic features. Crafts and plant sales with cakes, lunches and cream teas are also available.