The Crown and Castle has 21 light, stylish bedrooms, including one fabulous two-room suite. All have modern en-suite bathrooms. We are neither a country house hotel in the ruched-curtain, prohibitively expensive sense, nor a boutique hotel where cutting-edge design precludes hospitality – or functionality. Our aim is to offer a relaxing atmosphere with thoughtful, smiling service; interesting food that respects the seasons; and comfortable bedrooms with good beds. Orford itself does the rest.
Ruth and David Watson, along with partner, Tim Sunderland, own and manage the Crown and Castle. The Watsons are well known restaurateurs and hoteliers in Suffolk, having previously owned Hintlesham Hall and the famous Fox and Goose Inn at Fressingfield. Tim Sunderland remained General Manager at Hintlesham for over 15 years after the Watsons sold the Hall, rejoining them six years ago.
Divided between the garden, terrace and main house, all the bedrooms have been completely refurbished and are airy and bright. The garden rooms have undergone both external and internal refurbishment over the last three years and are now modestly stylish.They also have the added virtue of each having a semi-private terrace overlooking the garden, many with a great view of the castle. We now have two brand-new terrace rooms as well. Bathrooms throughout the hotel have been completely modernised and have both baths and power showers – with the exception of our two good house doubles, which have walk-in showers only.
DOGS: we welcome a limited number of well-behaved dogs in five designated Best Garden rooms, a few dogs in the bar, and we have one (bookable) doggie table in the restaurant area. So please be aware of this should you not like them.
CHILDREN: we welcome children of any age in the restaurant at lunchtime and those over 8 years old in the hotel and at dinner time so please be aware of this should you not like them.
CAR PARKING: we are 2 spaces short when we are full so guests may occasionally have to park in the village square or by the castle – please drop off luggage at reception first. Traffic wardens are only in operation once a month or so.