The Crown and Castle

‘It is warm, comfortable and without fuss. More

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The Crown and Castle
Market Hill
IP12 2LJ
01394 450205
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Hotel information


21. 10 (all on ground floor) in garden, 2 (on ground floor) in terrace, 1 in courtyard, 1 suite in stable block.


all year.


lounge/bar, restaurant, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), ¼-acre garden.

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not under 8 in restaurant in evening or overnight in hotel; all ages welcomed at lunch.


allowed in 5 garden rooms, at ‘doggie table’ in restaurant, limited number in bar.

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MasterCard, Visa.


[2016] per room B&B from £130, D,B&B from £200. À la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused Fri/Sat.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘It is warm, comfortable and without fuss.’ ‘You’re always made to feel you’re genuinely wanted.’ ‘We felt at home, and so did the dog.’ ‘We wanted it to be perfect, and it was.’ The accolades keep coming, for this popular restaurant-with-rooms in a ‘lovely area’ close to the River Alde. Owned by Ruth and David Watson and Tim Sunderland, it is ‘the best kind of welcoming hotel’. ‘The service is second to none’; staff are ‘smiling and interested’. Take your pick of ‘tasteful’ bedrooms. ‘Our spacious room in the main house overlooked the estuary; the equally large bathroom had all the extras one needs. Home-made chocolate-orange biscuits were to die for.’ Two terrace rooms sharing a lobby are ideal for a family. ‘We enjoyed the afternoon sun on our patio facing Orford Castle.’ In the restaurant, Charlene Gavazzi cooks ‘magical’ Italian-inspired dishes. The lively atmosphere isn’t accidental – ‘Ruth Watson’s ban on the use of electronic devices in the dining room is a welcome one (although she makes an exception for Kindle readers for lone diners!)’. (Susan Chait, CL Hodgkin, Susan Willmington, Michael Gwinnell)

Special offers

The Crown and Castle, Orford, Big skies, small price offer

Two nights’ accommodation, a two-course a la carte dinner on both evenings, full English breakfast each morning, reimbursement of the entrance fee to the Red House in Aldeburgh, where you can learn much about Benjamin Britten. Per couple per room from £399-£660. To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.


The Crown and Castle
Market Hill
IP12 2LJ

Guest comments

"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 - August 2013
"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 - January 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 - August 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 - February 2014

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