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

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.

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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

October in Orford

A two-night weekend break that gives you free ferry and entrance to visit the marvellous Orford Ness for the last time this year. The weekend break is available any Friday and Saturday during October and includes a two-course a la carte dinner on each evening (with free choice of dishes) and our splendid breakfast each morning. It also includes free entrance to the Ness (open on Saturday) and a discount on our normal rates.  Per couple from £420 to £750.


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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