Our initial enthusiasm for Kesgrave Hall Boutique Suffolk Hotel as the next milsoms has been truly vindicated as the project has developed and the new internal spaces created are even better than we first thought! Particular highlights include the bar / dining area with great views over the terrace and gardens as well as into the ‘Engine Room’ and the three signature suites with baths located in the middle of the bedroom – stunning! As the pictures show the project has successfully created a contemporary feel whilst retaining the important period features.

The Kesgrave Team
You’ll be pleased to see Matt Bain (who was Restaurant Manager at milsoms in Dedham) has been moved to Restaurant Manager at Kesgrave Hall. He is joined by Kat Daines who has moved from milsoms (where she was Bar Manager) to become the Bar Manager. Running the kitchen will be Stuart Oliver who was the second chef at Le Talbooth with Lee O’Neil from milsoms as his second chef. In the early days Stas Anastasiades, our Operations Director, will be very much in evidence to ensure that everything gets off to a flying start. The rest of the team have been recruited locally and we were able to bring many of them to Dedham prior to opening in order to show them what we want to achieve.

The garden and grounds
Kesgrave Hall Hotel near Ipswich is set in 38 acres. There is a huge lawned area in front of the house which will be ideal for the children to kick a football about whilst parents enjoy a leisurely lunch on the terrace. Beyond this there is an extensive wooded area…thank you to all those who had a Kesgrave Christmas tree this year! The woods have not been managed for some years and to be honest, woodland management is a bit outside our normal expertise! However by happy coincidence sister-in-law Jenny Milsom is the Deputy Principal at Otley College (4 miles up the road) who specialise in this area with a number of courses for arboriculture. They are always searching for RWEs (Real Working Environments) for their students and as such we are working together to manage the woods.

Kesgrave Hall Hotel in Suffolk has 23 fabulous luxury boutique hotel bedrooms, 3 stylish meeting spaces, large grounds for the kids to run around, a buzzing bistro and brasserie style restaurant

Sue Bunting

Mon 9 Jun 2008, Sue Bunting