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The Crown and Castle, Orford, Suffolk
Boasting everything you need for a relaxing countryside escape, with comfortable and stylish rooms, impressive menus, incredible service and a great location in an idyllic Suffolk village with easy access to the quayside and coast beyond, this hideaway offers everything you need for a well-rounded peaceful retreat.
Rooms available from £135 per night
You're right beside Orford's 12th-century castle keep, near the centre of town, and a short walk from the Quayside. Seek out delicious food at Butley Oysterage, Pinneys Smokehouse and Pump Street Bakery.
Woodbridge, Aldeburgh and Minsmere RSPB reserves are within easy distance.
By car: less than 3 hours from London, 4 hours 30 minutes from Manchester and 4 hours from Bristol. Free parking available.
By train: from London Liverpool Street (1 hour 10 minutes), Cambridge (1 hour 20 minutes) and Norwich (2 hours) to Saxmundham or Woodbridge, via Ipswich. Both stations are a 20-minute taxi drive from the hotel. Book trains.
CHARACTER & STYLE
This hotel eschews the latest design trends in favour of a quiet, understated style. Earthy greys and deep blues complement cosy real fires, wooden beams and lively artworks. Phones are not allowed at dinner.
Service is enthusiastic, professional and attentive - and knowledgable about food and wine choices. 'The Parlour' can be used for private dining, parties or meetings for up to 12 people. Dogs are allowed in some rooms and areas.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Rooms are smartly-decorated, with light grey walls contrasting with pops of colour, designer features and generously-sized beds. An annex has ten detached garden rooms which give out onto a private lawned garden.
Room types: Good House, Better House, Best House, Garden Room, Terrace Room, Suite
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The aesthetically-pleasing restaurant serves unpretentious dishes including locally-reared meats and Orford-landed seafood, paired with good wines. When the weather is fine, you can sit on the outdoor terrace overlooking Orford castle. Children under eight are not allowed in the restaurant in the evenings.
Restaurant: relaxed dining room, fine dining with a twist. Seasonal menus, locally sourced produce. Mains include ballotine of chicken, trio of pork and whole stuffed plaice. Open daily for dinner, and Sunday for lunch.