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The Crown and Castle

A synopsis of our bedroom categories

Good House: two smaller rooms in the main house with 5-foot beds and walk-in showers
Better House: one medium room with 5′ 6″ bed and bathroom with power shower over the bath. The other, a larger room with 6′ bed and newly refurbished bathroom with large walk-in shower (no bath).
Garden doubles and twins:  ten large, light ground-floor rooms in a not very lovely building but nice inside. All with 1 or 3-step  access. Eight are doubles with 6-foot beds and two are twins with 3′ 3″ beds, all bathrooms have bath with shower overhead and semi-private terraces for sitting outside
Courtyard: one large ground-floor room with 1-step (down) access, newly refurbished bathroom with walk-in shower, full-size bath, two hand basins and separate loo
Best House & Terrace: large rooms, either on the first floor in the main house with distant estuary views, or on the ground floor with semi-private terraces. All with 6-foot beds, some bathrooms with walk-in showers and bath, but please check full descriptions
Suite: one large bedroom with 6-foot bed, separate sitting room, large bathroom with bath and walk-in shower, first floor above reception, sunny sitting-out balcony


Courtyard room

We have one ground floor Courtyard room (10)  which is next to our reception office. Despite having no view, it is a very nice room with a large bathroom that has a walk-in shower, full-length bath, two hand basins and a separate loo in the lobby.

Terrace rooms

We have two Terrace rooms both with super kingsize beds. They have digital televisions, offering Freeview and built-in DVD players.

Both rooms can, if necessary, be interconnected through a common lobby. Room 30 faces the garden rooms and has its own little brick ‘apron’ for sitting outside. It also has a large walk-in shower but no bath (right hand photograph).  Room 31 faces the castle, and has a tiny walled garden. The bathroom (left hand photograph) has a walk-in shower and a bath.

Garden double and twin rooms – five of which are dog-friendly

NB The Garden rooms are only 25 – 60 yards from the main building, depending on whether you are at the top or the bottom. There are umbrellas in all the rooms in case of rain.

NB If you are bringing dogs please remember to tell us at the time of booking so you and they can be in the designated doggies rooms.

We have eight Garden doubles and two twins (20 – 29) Each has a semi-private terrace on the lawn side, with a simple table and two chairs. Please note they are toasty warm in winter, so do not think that because they are not in the main building they are somehow colder!

All the bathrooms are en-suite with power showers over a full-sized, glass-screened bath.

All the rooms have super kingsize 6′ x 6′ 6″ zipped and linked Hypnos or Vi-spring beds, except two which are twin-bedded. They all have Freeview tv and built-in DVD players. Tea and coffee-making facilities (including fresh milk) are in the rooms but guests are always welcome to come to the bar for tea or coffee.


Good House rooms

The two Good House rooms (4 and 5) are our most affordable rooms.They are at the front of the hotel, with pleasant views looking over the lane to neighbouring gardens. Because of their smaller size, they only have one tub chair for lounging in and have Hypnos queensize beds. They also have small wall-hung digital televisions offering Freeview with built-in DVD players.

Each has an en-suite walk-in shower, loo and hand basin.

Both these rooms are ideal for single occupancy but are also fine for couples who just want comfortable, no-frills accommodation.

Better House rooms

Room 7 is a pretty, light-filled, medium-sized room with distant views towards the estuary and sea. It has a super queensize bed (5′ 6′ x 6′ 6″). The small bathroom has a power shower over the bath and a great view of the castle.  The tv offers Freeview and has a built-in DVD player. Please note this room is over the kitchen. The extraction system is only on during service, but those with particularly sensitive hearing or nervous disposition might prefer to choose a different room.

Room 3 is on the corner of the main building. It is north and east-facing, large and very light, with views towards the market square and neighbouring gardens. It has a kingsize (6′ x 6′ 6″) Vispring bed. TV offers Freeview with a built-in DVD player. The spacious, newly refurbished bathroom has natural light and a large walk-in shower, but no bath.

Best House rooms

Best House rooms are on the first floor of the main building.

All rooms have super kingsize 6′ x 6′ 6″ zipped and linked Hypnos or Vi-spring beds, TV with Freeview and built-in DVD player, and tea and coffee-making facilities (including fresh milk).

Room 1 is south-facing, with a large bay window and distant sea views. The bathroom has both walk-in shower and bath.

 Room 8 is south-facing, with distant sea views. The bathroom has natural light and a full-size bath with power shower overhead.

Room 9  is south-facing, with distant sea views. The newly refurbished bathroom has natural light with a large walk-in shower and Happy D2 full-size bath.


Our lovely, light-filled Suite (room 11) is on the first floor of the old stable block. It has its own little balcony where guests can sit and enjoy distant views of the river Ore, the Ness and the North Sea beyond. It’s important to say this is a real suite, with a separate sitting area, and perfect for a celebration, honeymoon, or just plain self-indulgence.

Access is from the ground floor, up a private staircase and into the sitting room. The separate loo and bathroom are off a wide corridor that leads to the bedroom. As well as the swish walk-in shower, the bathroom also sports a full-length Happy D bath and sinuous Bisque chrome towelling radiators. (The suite has sloping ceilings but has been designed to ensure normal activities are not compromised: however anyone over 6′ 2″ may occasionally need to take head-ducking precautions!)

All the fabrics are Osborne and Little (as well as some gorgeous, lacquered side tables designed by John Reeves), and the flooring is a mixture of Brinton’s carpet in the bedroom and sitting room, and Amtico in the loo and bathroom. Most of the furniture is from Graham and Green but the bed, designed by Antonio Cittorio, is from B&B Italia, as is the groovy gold coffee table. Both the bedroom and the sitting room have Sony digital televisions with FreeSat and DVD players.

Reception and main hall

It might seem a little odd, but we have two reception offices.

Our main reception is located in the red brick building, on the left as you drive into the property. It is located there because our rooms are divided between the main house and outside buildings and it means guests don’t have to trek back and forward. A receptionist is on hand  from 8.30am to 6.00pm. Tim Sunderland, our General Manager, and Ruth Watson both work in the main reception office, too.

From 6pm, we transfer the reception function over to the main building, next to the bar, because our guests are over there eating and drinking.