The Crown and Castle

César award in 2013

'We were beautifully looked after; two days here felt like a week's rest.' Continuing praise this year for this 'blissfully comfortable' hotel in a peaceful Suffolk village. It is owned by Ruth Watson, her husband, David, and Tim Sunderland, the partner/manager, and run with 'unfailingly cheerful and helpful' staff. 'The atmosphere was less formal than I had feared; every guest was put at ease.' 'Tasteful' bedrooms are divided between the main building and the garden. 'Our large terrace room, down a well-lit path from the main house, was immaculate. The comfortable bed had plenty of pillows; Anglepoise lights were excellent for reading in bed. A pair of double doors opened on to a patio area; the spacious, sensible bathroom had the best shower I have seen.' In the 'cosy, modern' restaurant, chef Charlene Gavazzi's 'superb' Italian-inflected menu has a 'memorable' risotto. Breakfast, with 'good, thick' yogurt and a 'first-class' full English' is served at table. 'We were asked when we wanted the toast, which meant that it was still warm when we ate it.' 'A lovely stay.' (Susan Chait, Andrew and Moira Kleissner, Robert Gower)
  • This is one of my very favourite hotels. We went for three days after New Year. We wanted it to be perfectand it was. We stayed in a room we hadn't been in before, Room 1, with a large bay window overlooking the estuary and Orford Ness. t was large and comfortable, with an equally large bathroom, with all the extras one needs. The home-made biscuits are to die for. The food as good as ever, and the service second to none, always made to feel you are genuinely wanted. It is a lovely area to visit and the best kind of comfortable, welcoming hotel. Not cheap, but the price is right, and they are always putting on special deals, so it is affordable.

    Christine Hodgkin, 08/04/2015

  • I liked the welcoming atmosphere. The whole place was very comfortable and staff were seamlessly helpful. Our comfortable room in the main hotel had a large bathroom and two chairs in the bay window with a view over the garden to the sea. Very good lighting and plenty of storage space. We had one evening meal in the Brasserie and this was fine.. The breakfast was cooked from scratch, so it was really hot and fresh. If you have a dog, and want to bring it in when you eat, they set up a table in the bar. All in all a pleasant place to stay in an attractive village. Peaceful and comfortable, a good place to unwind.

    Lynn Wildgoosea, 06/09/2014

  • We had a lovely stay. The staff, without exception, were unfailingly cheerful and helpful. Our room was in a separate block, a few yards from the main house; umbrellas are provided. It was large and immaculate, neither fussy nor cluttered. Excellent lights for reading in bed. The bed was large, the mattress was good and there were plenty of pillows, And the room was extremely quiet. The shower was the best I have seen anywhere. Dinner was superb: itl was leisurely and the wine list was excellent. Portions were generous without being huge; we retired feeling well-filled but not bloated. One of the best breakfasts we have had anywhere; everything was served to us. We were asked when we wanted the toast, so it was still warm when we ate it. All ingredients are local. Our bill was made up quickly and without fuss; there were no awkward “extras” and, though pricey for Suffolk, we felt that the hotel had given excellent value for money.

    Andrew & Moira Kleissner, 05/03/2014

  • Blissfully comfortable the C&C is an oasis of good food, wonderful beds and the feeling of being beautifully looked after. Staff are excellent (all of them!) Not big, not fancy but two days here felt like a weeks rest!

    Susan Chait, 18/08/2013

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Local attractions

Butley-Orford Oysterage
Eat oysters and smoked fish in an idiosyncratic café.
Orford Castle
A 12th-century castle, built by Henry II.
Sutton Hoo
An Anglo-Saxon burial site, with an Edwardian house.
Orford Ness
National Trust Nature Reserve

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Contact Details

The Crown and Castle

Orford, nr Woodbridge ORFORD Suffolk England IP12 2LJ


01394 450205

Further Information


21, 10 (all on ground floor) in garden, 3 (on ground floor) in terrace.


all year.


lounge/bar, restaurant, private dining room, gallery (with Wi-Fi), 1-acre garden.

Background music



not under 8 in hotel and Trinity restaurant (any age at lunch).


allowed in bar, 5 garden rooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £130-£245, D,B&B £199-£315. À la carte £32. 1-night bookings refused Fri/Sat.