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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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)

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Special offers

Two-night Adult August Romp Special Offer

School may be out for summer but things remain pretty peaceful in Orford. With only two family rooms (and a minimum age of 8 years) adults are very much in the majority. You’ll find great scenery, food, service and accommodation – the fur-lined handcuffs we’ll leave to you! This offer is available from 1st – 31st August (excluding the Bank Holiday weekend which is a 3-night, Friday-Sunday package). The two-night adult august romp includes: two nights in a Hypnos super king* bed; a 2-course a la carte dinner on both evenings; full English breakfast on both mornings; a complimentary jug of Pimms on one afternoon of your stay **; free site entrance to the Red House, Aldeburgh, former home of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears ***; the tariff, per room shared by two people, is: Good house double 440; Better house, Garden or Courtyard double 520; Best House and Terrace 620; Suite 770. T & Cs/small print: * all rooms have 6′ wide super king beds except for the two Good House rooms which have 5′ wide beds and Better House room 7 which has a 5′ 6″ wide bed. **Pimms may be served between 2.30- 5.30pm any afternoon of your stay: it can be replaced by any drink to the same value. *** Your site entrance tickets will be reimbursed by hotel, if you bring them back to reception. Please note it does not include the guided tour which has to be booked in advance. To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.


The Crown and Castle
Market Hill
IP12 2LJ

Guest comments

'We love the Crown and Castle. Standards are as high as ever: Ruth Watson certainly practices what she preaches. Our Garden Room has been renovated fairly recently, and the bed was particularly comfortable. Staff as always were well-trained, friendly, and interested in us. ' - John Saul - July, 2017
'A genuine gem. They have worked out what works well and they deliver just that. Our room was immaculate. Ruth’s notes are a delight, clear and helpful to the guest, and airing her beliefs, a distillation of years of hotel experience. The restaurant is pleasant but not showy. The food is an interesting mix of local ingredients and Italian-influenced cooking. ' - Tony & Ginny Ayers - March, 2017
'One of my favourite hotels. We wanted it to be perfect and it was. Room 1, with a large bay window overlooking the estuary, was large and comfortable, with an equally large bathroom. The food was as good as ever, and the service second to none - you are always made to feel genuinely wanted. It is a lovely area to visit and the best kind of comfortable, welcoming hotel. They are always putting on special deals, so it is affordable. ' - Christine Hodgkin - January, 2015

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