The Packhorse Inn is a stunning alternative to a boutique hotel in Suffolk, just a few miles from Newmarket,the historic home of horse racing. With award-winning food, cosy bar, private dining room and 8 stylish rooms this country Chic Retreat brings a much needed breath of fresh air to Newmarket. The Packhorse Inn opened at the end of 2013 after total renovation and refurbishment by owner Philip Turner whose vision and passion has turned this rural idyll into the best restaurant with boutique hotel rooms in west Suffolk on the Cambridgeshire border. This small, yet perfectly formed, Chic Retreat in Suffolk, introduces a new breed of hospitality to the race-going and shooting crowd in Newmarket and Cambridge and is the perfect all-year-round hideaway for those looking for a boutique hotel in Suffolk, within easy reach of London.
Newmarket Races is home to British horse racing and is just a few miles from The Packhorse Inn. The historic city of Cambridge is only 20 minutes by car and Bury St Edmunds, with is many cultural attractions and shops is only 15 minutes away. During the summer months enjoy one of the many surrounding walks and head home to enjoy a pint of Pimms in the garden of The Packhorse Inn.
Relaxed and stylish dining is what the restaurant at The Packhorse Inn is all about. The menu focuses on local ingredients which includes meat direct from the farmer in Moulton, fresh fish from the Suffolk coast or Marrfish, game supplied from local shooting days, sometimes guests, and often from Box Tree Farm in Wattisham. Seasonality is a priority and the menu always focuses on what is available each month; the March menu may include Suffolk venison pie, roast Suffolk chicken with sage & onion, or pan fried wild stone bass with carrot, with creamy coconut rice pudding with passion fruit jelly (Lulu's favourite!) as pudding. Pub favourites including char-grilled Suffolk ribeye steak & chips and Red Poll burger with Suffolk Gold or Dublin Bay scampi are always available. Prop up the bar and whilst deciding on your food order enjoy a local ale, Suffolk cider, draft lager or one of the carefully selected wines chosen to complement the monthly-changing menus.
Affordable and stylish luxury is the name of the game at the 8 en-suite rooms at The Packhorse Inn: Folly, a charming room overlooking the terraced garden; it has a king-size chrome bed, antique writing desk and a rolltop bath in the bedroom with a separate loo and washbasin. Plantation is a French-inspired room painted in muted tones with white painted antique furniture, king-size bed with a large en-suite bathroom with a bath and a spacious walk-in shower. Primrose enjoys views of the 15th-century Packhorse Bridge and the village green and is our favourite room featuring an upholstered king-size bed with one of the loveliest boutique hotel bathrooms we have come across in Suffolk boasting a stone double ended bath and a spacious walk-in shower area. Last, but by no means least, Warren has high ceilings and an oversized wooden-floored bathroom and is one of the guests favourite choices. Newest additions Kennett, Lark, Ouse and Stour which are named after four of the rivers which flow nearby – the rooms are all en suite and benefit from the luxury of underfloor heating. They are situated on the ground floor opening onto a terrace and are suitable for disabled access and are also designated “dog friendly” with just a small charge for the additional cleaning required.
A delightful room which overlooks the terraced garden, Folly is decorated in a stunning blue paint with solid oak floors and scattered rugs. The room has a king size chrome bed and an antique writing desk. There is a clawed foot standalone bath in the room, plus an en-suite with toilet and wash-basin.
This French inspired room looks over the village green. The white painted antique furniture, rattan king size double bed and large decorative mirrors create a wonderfully relaxed environment. The en-suite bathroom has a bath and a spacious walk-in shower area together with an antique towel rail, toilet and wash basin.
This is a room with a view of the 15th century Packhorse Bridge and the village green. The luxury of Primrose is evident everywhere, from the upholstered king size double bed, the stone double ended bath (easily big enough for two!) to the antique wooden screen and the oversized mirror. The bathroom area has a spacious walk-in shower area together with an antique towel rail, wash basin with a separate room for the loo.
The drama of this huge room, with its tall ceiling, chandelier and cavernous oak-floored bathroom, never ceases to surprise guests. The bathroom features a stone double ended bath (easily big enough for two), a spacious walk-in shower area, antique towel rail, toilet and wash basin
Kennett, Lark, Ouse & Stour
These four rooms, which open onto a terrace, are in the former Coach House of the inn. Named – Kennett, Lark, Ouse and Stour – after four of the rivers which flow nearby – the rooms are all en suite and benefit from the luxury of underfloor heating. The stylish décor has been the inspiration of the owner, Philip Turner’s wife Amanda Turner.
Situated on the ground floor, the new additions are suitable for disabled access and are also designated “dog friendly” with just a small charge for the additional cleaning required.
How to get there?
The Packhorse Inn is in Moulton, a picturesque Suffolk village, just 3 miles east of Newmarket and 11 miles west of Bury St Edmunds and on the border of Cambridgeshire.
By car: Leave the A14 at junction 39, then merge onto the B1506. After approximately 1 1/2 miles, turn left at crossroads onto Moulton Road – B1085. Continue for another mile to enter the village of Moulton. At crossroads turn left onto Bridge Street and The Packhorse Inn is on the left, opposite the Green and just before The Packhorse Bridge. Parking is to the rear of the building.
By train: The nearest railway station is Kennett, just 2 miles away.
By bus: The village of Moulton is served by the no 16 and 312 bus services.
Cambridge 20 minutes Stansted 45 minutes
A credit card is required at the time of booking to guarantee your room/s.
Credit Card details are required at the time of booking.
If you cancel within 48 hours of the expected date of arrival, 50% of the room tariff will be debited from the card details provided. Failure to attend will result in 100% of the room tariff being charged to the card.
Check in is available from 3pm and check out is before 11am.
Early check-in: no
Late check-out: no
Dogs: We allow dogs to stay in the Coach House bedrooms which all have outside terraces. Please let us know when you are booking to ensure ‘dog friendly’ availability. There will be an extra charge of £10 per night per dog.
Kitchen open for: Breakfast 8 a.m until 10 a.m Lunch 12 noon until 2.30 p.m Dinner from 7 p.m
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