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Campsea Ashe, Woodbridge IP13 0PU, England   |  
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Ranked #2 of 24 Woodbridge B&B and Inns
Downham Market
1 review
“golden wedding anniversary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Our stay in the hotel could not have been better. The rooms were very welcoming and comfortable. The staff were excellent in their attention to detail, being on hand when we wanted them but not obtrusively. The food was delicious and plenty of it. All our guests congratulated us on a fantastic choice of venue. We would lovel to go again.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

We would highly recommend this hotel! So much so we have just held our wedding reception here and the service and experience has been amazing from start to finish. We booked all of the rooms for our guests and there were certainly no complaints, in fact everyone has said they will return! We had an excellent dinner on the Friday evening, and we all loved the fact the chef came and announced the food, she showed real passion for the food she created. The wedding reception was fantastic and the owners truly made us and our guests feel like they were relaxing in a lovely home, which is the atmosphere that we wanted. We also had a couple of children staying (including our own 3 yr old), and being a boutique hotel we were a little nervous, but again our son felt very relaxed here and as a result was well behaved which made the experience even more enjoyable for us!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

More like a small Country House hotel than a B & B, The Old Rectory provides a warm welcome to its comfortable, stylish house and grounds. In the small, peaceful village of Campsea Ashe, it is ideally placed for access to all that Suffolk has to offer. The house is tastefully furnished with a mix of modern, period and oriental pieces and an interesting variety of art works. Guests are encouraged to relax in the spacious lounge, conservatory and gardens whilst enjoying afternoon tea or a drink or two from the honesty bar. We stayed in the Coach House in the grounds which was entirely self contained and very private. The main room was a very good size, well furnished and had an enormous (and very comfortable) brass bed. Breakfast was a tasty combination of local produce and was available up until 10 am, enabling a leisurely start to the day. Dinner was also very good, again incorporating local produce and home grown fruit and vegetables and the wine list was sensibly priced. All the staff were friendly and helpful throughout our stay and we were very satisfied that we had received good value for money.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

Stayed for a few nights at this B&B recently. I am afraid I can't rave as much as other people, not that the good reviews are necessarily wrong, just that we had some negatives which affected the stay.
Good points:
The building has character and style.The dining and sitting room are stylish and comfortable and the conservatory is very sunny and airy, very nice to have breakfast in.The garden and grounds are beautiful and well worth exploring.The staff was pleasant and the service was good. The place is peaceful, secluded, relaxed and well situated for exploring places like Sutton Hoo, Southwold and Woodbridge. The Coach House where we stayed is built over a disused garage and is a seperate studio close to the house. It did what it said on the website - it was spacious, private and had a very big comfortable bed where a good night's sleep was guaranteed. There was an anexe with a sofa bed, plently of wardrobe space and the bathroom was spacious. The view was over the garden.
Bad points:
Cleanliness or the lack of it. Taking into account the country side location and that it is an old poperty ( more farmhouse than modern country house) you have to be prepared for the odd cobweb. However a multitude of cobwebs, dust on both floor and furniture plus stained, crumpled,grubby chairs is not something you should be prepared for. Cleanliness should be a basic requirement for any B&B, never mind one which styles itself the finest in Suffolk and charges accordingly. It is clear nobody checked the room prior to our arrival.or rather that attention to detail was lacking. Added to this was the bathroom which had a stained carpet, scuff marks round the door and rust on the bath tub. Carpets and bathrooms don't go together certainly not in a B&B, but at the very least they should be spot less. The whole bathroom had an antiquated feel ( the plumbing certainly was) but not in a charming way. In faireness bath tub, basin and toilet were clean. Also in faireness a lot of it was rectified after we complained, however the attidue was laid back as in 'oh ok we will take a look' rather than 'oh sorry this shouldn't have happened'.
Other points:
Food
Breakfast was good and plentiful though no more though than in any other boutique B&B in that category.Dinner was fine I wouldn't rave about it, but food is a subjective issues so can't say more than that. There is only a set menu which is understandable as they are not a resteraunt what is less understandable is that you don't know what you are getting until shortly beforehand. As mentioned by others it would be good to know in advance what the menu is. There is no reason for the chef not to know a day in advance what (s)he is cooking and the guests to be told.. There is no point sitting through a dinner you don't like. Also whilst the reviews tell you about no choice and the fact you don't get any notice of what it is, this is not made clear on the site or metioned on booking.It should be.
So all in all a bit of a curate's egg if you can get a clean room ( rooms in the house maybe better) like farmhouse properties and and are after some peace and quiet in lovely surroundings by all means go, otherwise go elsewhere.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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TheOldRectory1, Owner at The Old Rectory, responded to this review, September 5, 2012
As the owners of The Old Rectory we wanted to thank Seadove11 for this feedback and appreciate their positive comments on our "stylish house, gardens,pleasant staff and good service". At the same time we do share their disappointment that a cobweb was found on their arrival and their "mixed bag" experience. We had thought that further housekeeping checks ensured there were no more to be found and the replacement of the two armchairs with the two brand new chairs which arrived the next day, sorry they were delivered a day late as we did explained, that they were then happy with The Coach House. We are sorry that they did not therefore choose to move rooms as we did offer an alternative - at the time we were told that the gentleman liked The Coach House and wished to stay on there giving us the impression that all was resolved.
Thank you for your positive comments on breakfast. Dinner we do offer and have for the nine years as a set menu allowing our chef to create wonderful dishes using the very freshest and local produce - much from our own abundant vegetable garden. We receive wonderful feedback for our food always ensuring that we are aware of any dislikes or allergies. We plan the menus daily, they are certainly not a secret but are shared with the guests.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

Perfect B&B experience. Host are welcoming and charming. I stayed with a friend in the room on the top floor, which was very nicely decorated. House is lovely as are the grounds. Breakfast in the morning was a highlight with locally sourced foods which were well prepared. This place is much better than the average B&B around - great place to make your home base while exploring the nearby little towns as well as Bath. We stayed here one night primarily while visiting Bath.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

We have just spent three nights in the coach house here and what a delight it has been. The attention to detail is spot on, yet it manages to have a very warm, relaxed atmosphere. The rooms are furnished to a high standard, breakfast is amazing (the sausages and bacon are a must!), and dinner is not to be missed. Seasonal, locally sourced food, where possible, is typical of the detail the hosts go to to make this a memorbale experience. The staff are friendly and efficient and nothing it seems is too much trouble to make your stay the best it can be. Full access to the wonderful gardens is an added bonus. We cannot recommend this hotel highly enough and we will be back. In this exquiste area of England it really is a jewel.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tring, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

We were coming to the area to visit the wonderful British Larder in Bromeswell and they recommended The Old Rectory. If your idea of a great hotel is a five star Westin then forget about this place - you won't like it. If you want to stay in a wonderfully welcomning if slightly eccentric home than this is the place for you.
On arrival we were greeted by two very amiable dogs who made us hugely welcome. It took a while to find a human but in the end the owners charming young daughter arrived and showed us to our room and made us a cup of tea. We stayed in the Oak Room - huge, tastefully decorated and overlooking the beautiful gardens. We had a lovely restful night followed by an outstanding breakfast. We're now looking for an excuse to visit again as soon as possible!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Campsea Ashe, Woodbridge IP13 0PU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Woodbridge
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Woodbridge
Number of rooms: 6
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