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The Crown & Castle

Market Hill, Orford IP12 2LJ England
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#1 of 2 hotels in Orford
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The Crown and Castle is a 5-star Restaurant with Rooms open for lunch and dinner all year round (but closed in the morning and afternoon to non-residents guests). Situated in the tranquil village of Orford on the Suffolk coast (just south of Aldeburgh), the Crown and Castle is perfect for leisure guests wanting to relax and recharge. With wonderful walking by the river and through nearby forests, we are a stone’s throw from the magnificent C12th castle. The extraordinary Orford Ness (NT) is just across the river Ore. Awarded Editor’s Choice by the 2018 Good Hotel Guide and chosen by the Sunday Times as one of the Best 100 hotels for 2019, authentic British and Italian food is at our heart and we were recently honoured by Sawday’s Guide for Fabulous Food. We have five dedicated Garden rooms suitable for dogs, as recognised by a recent Good Hotel Guide dog-friendly award. There are two family rooms suitable for children over 8 and children of any age are welcome at lunchtime.
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Free parking
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Tina J wrote a review Dec 2020
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We spent a couple of days in one of the garden rooms with our two lurchers, visiting family for socially distanced walks on the beaches of Southwold, Aldeburgh and Thorpeness. Superbly thoughtful but at the same time, high quality accommodation for dog-owners, plus friendly, helpful staff. Food divine. The whole stay was an absolute treat.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Room Tip: The garden rooms back onto a lovely lawned area with own little patio. really comfy beds.
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jdain wrote a review Dec 2020
London, United Kingdom12 contributions7 helpful votes
Shocking. Months ago I booked dinner and overnight for my wife's birthday celebration. They rang and cancelled 4 days before the event because they had decided to close. They didn't apologise at all, in fact, they made a big deal of not charging me for their cancellation in the email that followed 30 seconds after their call. Won't be going again and suggest others don't
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Date of stay: December 2020
JSM8 wrote a review Dec 2020
Pinner, United Kingdom281 contributions169 helpful votes
We spent two nights at the Crown & Castle, exploring the East Suffolk coast from this convenient location. Orford itself is beautiful and there is an easy 2 hour walk from the hotel front door. We were lucky enough to be allocated Room 1, looking out to the sea and Orford Ness. It has a bay window from which we saw a spectacular sunset. The bathroom has a bath and a separate shower, just perfect for us. Covid-19 meant no servicing of the room, but extra towels, bath foam etc were freely available. We had a really comfortable two nights in Room 1. The Crown & Castle promotes itself as a restaurant with rooms rather than a hotel and the food at dinner and breakfast did not disappoint. The team responded really well to dietary allergens too. For dinner on our first night we were offered seats in an area of the restaurant where there were three other tables in use (all complying with social distancing). it turned out that the occupants of these three tables all knew each other and over the course of the meal they got louder and louder conversing with each other as if they were all on the same table. It was getting uncomfortable for us and was beginning to dominate our experience. Perhaps I should have said something to the waiter, but in actual fact when he came to offer us dessert, he suggested that maybe we would like to take dessert and coffee in the bar area where we might be more 'comfortable'. This was a great suggestion from the waiter (Maciej), who then once we were away from the table told us that he had noticed what was going on and felt for us, which is why he made the suggestion. He also said that the dessert (we had the cheeseboard which was very tasty, full of local cheeses) was on the house as a small way to compensate for what was clearly not a great experience for us. Full marks to Maciej for both his empathy to us and also his ability to do something about the situation. If only more front line staff in hotels and restaurants were as perceptive and empowered to act as he was. All in all this is a great place to come and recharge batteries. No wonder that it featured in a Top 25 list of 'cosy hotels for winter' in the press this weekend. Would definitely recommend!
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Room Tip: Room 1 is spacious and has great views towards Orford Ness
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simonwithaz wrote a review Nov 2020
London, United Kingdom2 contributions
We had previously visited The C&C in 2012 and it has since remained in our minds as the hotel to beat over the years. We decided to treat ourselves to a return trip just before lockdown, and were so disappointed. The personal touch that had made our previously stay so perfect was sadly lacking and the hotel felt very generic. We have been recommending people to stay here for years, but will regrettably not be doing so any longer. Worth mentioning that our complaints are nothing to do with the necessary adjustments made to the service option due to COVID restrictions.
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Date of stay: November 2020
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sylviakellett wrote a review Nov 2020
Benenden, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
Ideal location. Just enjoy being in Orford. Walks galore, dogs love romping around Castle mounds. Easy trips to Aldbrough, Snape and Woodbridge. Crown & Castle comfortble, peaceful and friendly. Garden rooms are excellent. Restaurant menu good. Atmosphere relaxed yet efficient.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Crown & Castle
Which popular attractions are close to The Crown & Castle?
Nearby attractions include Orford Castle (0.1 km), Rendlesham Forest Centre (6.7 km), and Orford Ness National Nature Reserve (0.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Crown & Castle?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Crown & Castle?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Crown & Castle?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Crown & Castle?
Conveniently located restaurants include Regatta Restaurant, The Froize Freehouse Restaurant, and Aldeburgh Market.
Is The Crown & Castle located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.03 km away from the centre of Orford.
Are pets allowed at The Crown & Castle?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Crown & Castle?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Are there any historical sites close to The Crown & Castle?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Red House (8.6 km), Woodbridge Tide Mill Museum (14.4 km), and Sutton Hoo (11.9 km).
Is The Crown & Castle accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.