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The Crown and Castle


From 6th April, B&B rates start at £135 and DB&B rates start at £205 for a Good House double rising through the various room categories to £215/285 for a Best House or Best Terrace room. When dinner is included, please note it is not a set menu but three courses freely chosen from our normal a la carte. Similarly, breakfast is not a miserable, dried up buffet but freshly prepared – with such delights such as French toast with crisp bacon and real maple syrup, un-dyed smoked haddock with a Happy Hen poached egg on top or, of course, the Full English.
Please note that B&B terms are not available as an option at the weekend.

We would also like to make it plain that we make no claims to being a luxury hotel – we aren’t: nor do we consider ourselves 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 with a British and authentic Italian bias; and simple but 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 after the Watsons sold the Hall but rejoined them at the C&C some years ago.

Useful Information

WIFI: we offer free satellite wifi – our local broad band is still deeply inadequate. We ask guests not to stream or download large files, however, as it affects other guests’ ability to use wifi ‘normally’. Please be aware that the use of tablets and mobile phones is actively discouraged during lunch and dinner.
(Talk to each other, for ***’s sake!)

DOGS: PLEASE BE AWARE that we must be notified if you are bringing a dog or dogs and you must have booked a Best Garden room. Anyone arriving during May-September who has not done so and intends to leave their dog(s) in the car will be turned away and the usual cancellation charge levied. Our car park is absolutely NOT suitable for dogs to be left in cars as there is no shade and full sun throughout the day.
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. If you don’t like dogs,
you will not like this. Please see Booking Information for full details.

CHILDREN: we welcome children of any age in the restaurant at lunchtime but only those over 8 years old in the hotel and at dinner time. Please see Booking Information for full details.

CAR PARKING: we are 3 spaces short when we are full so guests may occasionally have to park in the Castle car park (with which we have an arrangement). Please drop off luggage at reception first and collect the car parking sticker to display in your windscreen.