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Iconic Suffolk hotel ‘Hintlesham Hall Hotel & Spa’ launches to the market through christie & co

Specialist business property advisor, Christie & Co has been appointed to sell one of the UK’s most historic and famous country house hotels; Hintlesham Hall Hotel in Suffolk.

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Dating in parts from the 14th century, Hintlesham Hall Hotel & Spa is set across 7.8 hectares in a picturesque location within the heart of the Suffolk countryside, close to the renowned ‘Constable Country’. The Grade I listed Elizabethan hotel has built a renowned reputation as one of the pre-eminent hotels in East Anglia and features 32 luxury ensuite bedrooms, function and spa facilities.

Established for centuries as a beacon of hospitality, the hotel was propelled to even greater heights in 1971 under the ownership of American writer, chef and cookery school owner, Robert Carrier OBE who made Hintlesham Hall known across the world with his famous TV shows, “Carrier & Friends” and “Carrier’s Kitchen” which was filmed at the hotel and was spun into bestselling cookery courses and books.

In 1983, the hotel was sold to fellow cookery writer, Ruth Watson who undertook an extensive refurbishment and expansion programme establishing the Hall as a four-star Hotel. Ruth went on to become a well-known TV presenter on programmes such as “The Hotel Inspector” & “Country House Rescue”.

Now under family ownership, the current owners have been responsible for substantially upgrading the hotel facilities and expanding the range of services on offer to guests. The investment has significantly widened the hotel’s customer base. Planning permission has been secured for a self-contained function suite and listed building consent has been granted for an enhanced spa development to the rear of the Coach House.

As custodians of the hotel, the family now feel the time is right to step back and hand over to new owners to further develop and enhance this highly successful business.

Current owner, Has Modi comments, “Whilst it is of course sad to be selling a business with which we have been involved with for many years, now is the right time. The business is well positioned with value enhancement opportunities for a new owner. Most importantly we would like to thank the staff, with whom we have shared this memorable journey, for their hard work and dedication over the years.”

Christie & Co’s local Regional Director, Ed Bellfield, who himself was brought up in Suffolk will be spearheading this sales process. He comments, “Hintlesham Hall Hotel evokes such affection from country house hotel guests and operators. The beautiful setting of the Grade I Listed building offers so much more by way of a range of asset management opportunities to extend and develop the range of services at the property. The reputation and success of the business is testament to the continued re-investment and family stewardship over recent decades, combined with its enviable location. We wish Has well on his retirement and the closing of a long-established chapter.”

The hotel is being sold freehold off a guide price of £7,500,000.


For further information on this press release, contact:

Bronte Hughes, Corporate Communications Executive

P: 020 7227 0794 or E:

Contact the agent:

Ed Bellfield, Regional Director – Hotels
P: +44 (0) 7713 061171


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