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The Crown & Castle

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Market Hill, Orford IP12 2LJ, England
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Great Bowden, United Kingdom
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192 reviews 192 reviews
53 hotel reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Now and again (though sadly not often enough) you come across hospitality that works seamlessly to make you feel a welcome and valued guest, but not a fragile china object. The Crown and Castle does it perfectly. We'd telephoned to book a Sunday one-night stay with dinner and breakfast, to be greeted with cheery efficiency and swift and accurate email... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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111 reviews 111 reviews
34 hotel reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A wedding anniversary is always tricky when you only have a little time for a night away. I have always wanted to stay at this hotel and the opportunity arose as Orford is an easy drive from Essex and lucky the very obliging Hotel management would agree to a one night stay at the weekend. Our room was very nice... More 

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Props3, Owner at The Crown & Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing to spend your wedding anniversary with us. We are pleased we were able to offer you a 1-night stay at the weekend as this is not often possible. Thank you, too, for your very kind comments about the room, food, service - and gin! The photograph in the dining room is by Christian Tagliavini, and is... More 

Suffolk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We are just home after a three day stay at the C & C for The Italian Job, and it was wonderful! The staff ,without exception ,were welcoming,friendly, and very courteous. The four course meal with accompanying wine was exceptional, top quality ingredients, skilfully cooked. The best food weve tasted for some time! Thank you to everyone for making our... More 

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Props3, Owner at The Crown & Castle, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your short but sweet review. We really are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and found everything to your liking. Hopefully we will see you again. More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My name is Dolly and I am quite a well travelled spaniel. With my owners, Phil and Sally, I have stayed in several dog-friendly establishments before but the Crown & Castle at Orford has been by far the nicest. I have a tendency to get a bit stressed away from home but here I was totally relaxed and able to... More 

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Props3, Owner at The Crown & Castle, responded to this review

Dear Dolly I am very impressed by your literary skills - those muddy paws must be more adept than they look! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay, including the home-made biscuits. (I hope Phil and Sally didn't share their chocolate biscuits with you?!) Thank you for mentioning all the many things you and your owners enjoyed, and for... More 

Bedford
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was my wife's birthday on the 23rd March and she decided she'd like to spend a couple of days at this hotel/restaurant. We've been to the area (and even to Orford) before, but not this hotel. I must admit, I was a little nervous, since there have been a few mixed reviews on TA, a row over Sussex Council's... More 

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Props3, Owner at The Crown & Castle, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to post your extensive review of the C&C. We appreciate all the attention to detail, especially the descriptions of the food you enjoyed. (That's always really helpful for putative guests to know what to expect.) Thank you, too, for some really nice expressions, e.g. 'cheery service.' We are also both relieved and... More 

London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited here about half a dozen times over the years and it still draws us back as our very special place of sanctuay, rest and recuperation. It was so good to be back. Comfortable room, spotlessly clean. Delicious bed with snuggly duvets and good pillows. Nothing here is missed and attention to detail is all. As ever, the... More 

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Props3, Owner at The Crown & Castle, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review and for highlighting one of the best things about Orford – the tranquillity (and, dark skies, if I may throw that in, too). We are of course delighted that you also enjoyed your room, the food and the service, but we are fully aware of the part Orford itself plays in our guests'... More 

Colchester
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were fortunate enough to be upgraded to a room with a lovely view overlooking the river and Orfordness in the distance. Room was comfortable and well decorated. We had a table booked for 7:45 and we were told that we would be welcomed at the bar at 7:45 for a drink before the meal. We like to head down... More 

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Props3, Owner at The Crown & Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and the acknowledgment that you received a free upgrade. We are glad you enjoyed the comfort of your room and the quality of our food. We recognise the phenomenon that when one reviewer cites an issue, it will be echoed by the next few reviewers. To explain our request that guests honour the time agreed... More 

Keswick, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of those really difficult reviews as there are many good things but too many that are not up to standard. Firstly the good, a lovely location, friendly staff, nice rooms well furnished, well decorated & spotlessly clean. Then the negatives. If you're not going to provide dressing gowns that's fine but to be told if you want... More 

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Props3, Owner at The Crown & Castle, responded to this review

A hard one to respond to – and not because you disliked some aspects of your stay. The difficulty we have is that you did not express any dissatisfaction while you were here – indeed quite the reverse, despite having a long conversation on check-out with my co-owner. Given that you yourself are a hotelier, albeit non-operational, it is particularly... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We only live fifteen miles away but when I saw The Crown and Castle advertising a themed Italian dinner with a different wine to accompany each course there was no way that we would be driving so we booked the dinner and a room for the night. Everything about the hotel was perfect. We cycle to Orford regularly in fine... More 

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Props3, Owner at The Crown & Castle, responded to this review

We are so pleased you enjoyed your brief stay at the C&C. Great to hear the background story about cycles v. cars/bedrooms – your decision to prefer the latter (in this instance) makes perfect sense for an evening when eating and drinking are the raison d'etre (wish I knew how to express that in Italian). Thank you for all the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Crown and Castle is a delightful place to unwind ,good food (steak and kidney pie is highly recommended ) friendly and helpful staff made us feel at home and dog friendly even with our temperamental Yorkshire terrier Malcolm comfortable rooms a gorgeous big bed and as soon as you close the curtains peace and quiet.

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Props3, Owner at The Crown & Castle, responded to this review

Thank you very much for posting your kind review. We are really pleased you (and Malcolm) enjoyed your stay. (Did he get any steak and kidney pie!?) We hope to see you again in the near future and offer you more good food, nice service and blessed peace and quiet. More 

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