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Introducing Suffolk’s Best Care Homes

Dry and dull care homes are a thing of the past in the UK, with multiple modern, spacious and luxurious options popping up all across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

You may be just starting out as a Care Seeker, or perhaps you’ve decided the area you’d like to live in but need more information. In this useful guide, we explore rural Suffolk to discover the area’s best care homes and all they have to offer.

Although Suffolk definitely has exceptional natural surroundings, it also houses several hotspots. Countryside towns and villages like Coddenham, Cavendish and Bury St Edmunds offer residents rich history, picturesque architecture, charming pubs and independent shops, while Suffolk’s hub Ipswich offers a vibrant buzz for shopping, eating out and exploring.

With average weekly care fees of £1,114 in Ipswich, but you’ll find that this varies from service to service - for example, between residential and nursing homes.

So, if you’re starting out on your care journey and need inspiration, check out our guide to the UK’s best care homes in Suffolk. For even more options, you can check out our full list of Dorset care homes here.

Marham House

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  • Care Home Group: Halcyon Care
  • Where: Bury St Edmunds
  • Local Authority: Suffolk County Council
  • CQC Rating: Good
  • Carehome.co.uk Rating: 9.9
  • Lottie’s Verdict: Best for tailored care packages

First stop on our tour of Suffolk is Marham House, a modern, purpose-built care home in Bury St Edmunds offering 24-hour residential care, dementia care and respite care at fixed costs. With 66 en-suite rooms available, Marham House is also home to spacious communal areas, secure gardens and grounds, library, garden room and cinema room.

All new residents are warmly welcomed with a tailored care plan, from medication to food and hobbies, which is continually updated by the caring staff throughout their time at Marham House. It will therefore come as no surprise that the home earned a rating of Good from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), as well as an impressive 9.9 from carehome.co.uk.

As well as being located to the fantastic shopping, eateries, parks and gardens of Bury St Edmunds, Lavenham and Sudbury, Marham House is well-connected by road and rail and there is on-site parking available for visitors.

  • Prices From: Care home residencies start from £1260 per week
  • Tell me more about Marham House
  • To book or for more information call 01284 334503

Bucklesham Grange

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  • Care Home Group: Hallmark Care Homes
  • Where: Ipswich
  • Local Authority: Suffolk County Council
  • CQC Rating: Good
  • Carehome.co.uk Rating: 9.9
  • Lottie’s Verdict: Best for lifestyles programme

Located in Ipswich, our next award-winning Dorset care home is part of the Hallmark Care Homes group. Bucklesham Grange is a luxurious care home providing quality residential and dementia care in beautiful rural settings. Each of the 55 elegantly-furnished bedrooms has its own en-suite bathroom - and most of the ground floor rooms have private access to a patio or garden area.

Facilities at the home include a therapy room, a range of communal lounges, kitchens and dining areas, a cinema, hair salon, a dedicated activities emporium and landscaped gardens. The home even has its own special Garden Club. Residents can enjoy a range of simple day-to-day tasks and engaging activities at the home, whose lifestyles programme was recognised at the Great British Care Awards.

Bucklesham Grange is well-located to Ipswich town centre, which has fantastic shopping and eateries, whilst also being surrounded by countryside, making it the best of both worlds.

  • Prices From: Care home residencies start from £1430 per week
  • Tell me more about Bucklesham Grange
  • To book or for more information call 01473 943514

Gracewell of Kentford

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  • Care Home Group: Care UK
  • Where: Kentford
  • Local Authority:
  • CQC Rating: Good
  • Carehome.co.uk Rating: 9.7
  • Lottie’s Verdict: Best for luxury surroundings

Next up is Gracewell of Kentford, a luxury Care UK care home located in Kentford, on the border between Suffolk and neighbouring Cambridgeshire. Gracewell offers quality residential, nursing and dementia care, with the home divided into four small communities to create a homely and secure environment for residents.

Facilities at Gracewell include stylish lounges, cosy café and stunning ensuite bedrooms, as well as a hair and beauty salon and a cinema. Residents enjoy relaxing in the landscaped gardens and sensory gardens to enjoy some peace and quiet, or chat with friends and visitors. The team at Gracewell encourage residents to join in with activities in the home, in addition to day trips and events with the local community.

At just a short distance from Kentford’s famous racecourse and busy town centre, Gracewell is extremely well-located by road, rail and even air!

  • Prices From: Care home residencies start from £1275 per week
  • Tell me more about Gracewell of Kentford
  • To book or for more information call 01638 597124

Henley House

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  • Care Home Group: Greensleeves Care
  • Where: Ipswich
  • Local Authority: Suffolk County Council
  • Carehome.co.uk Rating: 9.7
  • Lottie’s Verdict: Best for new facilities

Henley House is a brand new 66-bed Greensleeves Care care home in Ipswich, providing high-quality residential care. With facilities including en-suite bedrooms, a cinema, sky bar, garen room, tea room and several communal lounge and dining areas, life at Henley House is truly luxurious.

The home has an excellent reputation for compassionate and professional care, with manager Emma at the helm of the dedicated team, who support residents to feel comfortable and relaxed during their time at Henley House.

Henley House is in a great location on the Henley Road, is close to local shops and amenities and offers beautiful views over the surrounding Suffolk countryside.

  • Prices From: Care home residencies start from £1,210 per week
  • Tell me more about Henley House
  • To book or for more information call 01473 943501

Hartismere Place

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  • Care Home Group: Care UK
  • Where: Eye
  • Local Authority: Suffolk County Council
  • CQC Rating: Outstanding
  • Carehome.co.uk Rating: 9.5
  • Lottie’s Verdict: Best for outstanding care

We now move to Hartismere Place in Eye, an ‘Outstanding’ rated care home that forms part of the Care UK group. Delivering quality residential, nursing and dementia care, Hartismere Place also offers short-term respite care and compassionate end-of-life care.

Hartismere Place has received praise for its exceptionally personalised approach to care taken by every member of the team, who show consistent dedication to getting to know each resident in order to provide a tailored care and lifestyle plan.

There is a full activities programme available at the home, from games and reminiscence exercises to art sessions and film evenings, as well as one-to-one activities with loved ones. Facilities include 60 en-suite bedrooms, a café, garden, cinema room, activities room, hair and beauty salon and a pub and bar, and the minibus is always on-hand to whisk residents off for day trips.

  • Prices From: Care home residencies start from £1272 per week
  • Tell me more about Hartismere Place
  • To book or for more information call 01379 772524

Alice Grange

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  • Care Home Group: Barchester Healthcare
  • Where: Ipswich
  • Local Authority: Suffolk County Council
  • CQC Rating: Good
  • Carehome.co.uk Rating: 9.7
  • Lottie’s Verdict: Best for nursing care

Our penultimate care home is Alice Grange, a purpose-built residential care home in Ipswich that also offers 24-hour nursing care for the elderly and younger adults with physical disabilities or specific care needs. Facilities include 82 bedrooms, an activity room, a range of different lounges and dining areas and pleasant landscaped gardens.

Led by manager Andrea, the dedicated care team at Alice Grange put all their effort into creating personalised care plans which are drawn up with both the resident and their loved ones to ensure their life at the home is as comfortable and happy as possible. There is also an Activities Coordinator on-hand to keep residents entertained,, from gardening projects and exercise classes to singing, music and more.

Alice Grange benefits from its proximity to the beautiful East Anglian coastline, beaches and good road links to the A12 and A14 roads - and the home is easily accessible from nearby towns like Colchester and Felixstowe.

  • Prices From: Care home residencies start from £1188 per week
  • Tell me more about Alice Grange
  • To book or for more information call 01473 943412

Kingfisher House

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  • Care Home Group: Four Seasons Care
  • Where: Newmarket
  • Local Authority: Suffolk County Council
  • CQC Rating: Good
  • Carehome.co.uk Rating:
  • Lottie’s Verdict: Best for specialist residential care

Our final stop on the list is the Four Seasons Care group’s Kingfisher House in Newmarket. Providing residential care, short-term respite care and specialist intermediate nursing care, Kingfisher House has 83 rooms available, all set in beautiful gardens in a peaceful area of the town. The home also offers specialist residential care for people who are living with dementia or a mental health condition.

The varied activities programme keeps residents busy and engaged each day, with coffee mornings, bingo and performances by local entertainers being just a few of the fun events at Kingfisher House. The home also has strong ties with the local community and volunteer groups, who often join in with the home’s events.

Although the home certainly enjoys its peaceful atmosphere, the shops and amenities of Newmarket’s town centre are all within easy reach - and there are good public transport links to the home making it easy for loved ones to visit.

  • Prices From: Care home residencies start from £950 per week
  • Tell me more about Kingfisher House
  • To book or for more information call 01638 597985

We hope you’ve enjoyed our tour of Suffolk’s best care homes and now have all the information you need to consider moving into a care home in the area. If you have any care-related questions, take a look at our FAQs page, or get in touch!

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