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“Another great break”
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Welcome to the ORR a Grade 2 listed property with a modern design finish & spacious open plan li
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Welcome to the ORR a Grade 2 listed property with a modern design finish & spacious open plan li
Our 2nd Award from our past Guests , many thanks to you all , much appreciated !! Flat screen digital TV,DVD player,Stereo and BT Openzone wi-fi are joined by traditional games
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Welcome to the ORR a Grade 2 listed property with a modern design finish & spacious open plan li
Our 2nd Award from our past Guests , many thanks to you all , much appreciated !!
Flat screen digital TV,DVD player,Stereo and BT Openzone wi-fi are joined by traditional games
Your opening view of the LARGE open plan living area which means no-one gets trapped in the kitchen.
Ground floor Family roll-top Bathroom, great for a soak with a glass of wine or the local brew!
Bring a toasting fork and make the most of this original fireplace.
Original Victorian open fireplace with a bag of fuel to get you started, bring some marshmallows !
Our growing library that means that the ORR lives up to its name , help yourself during your stay.
Simple BUT well equipped kitchen featuring butler sink & NEFF appliances, most importantly dishw
Up the wide and manageable stairs to the bedrooms , stairgates & doors at the top keep everyone
The Master Double bedroom complete with Bedknobs and Broomsticks iron bedstead and solid wood floors
The Middle twin bedroom with a small double and single bed, period iron beds with modern mattresses
The last bedroom,small double and tall single period beds , with plenty of furniture and space too!
All bedrooms feature original feature timber beams and period pine furniture with modern heating!
The marriage of old and new means the ORR is quaint but with ALL modern comforts - light and WARM.
Its the personal touches that mean we hope you enjoy your stay !
Xmas at the ORR always includes a real Xmas tree with all the trimmings, we are always full at Xmas!
A warm welcome awaits you behind this unique front entranceway behind your own secure period door.
Southwold's unique Pier, quintessentially British, vintage games, attractions and great Fish n
Suffolk has more Windmills per square mile than Holland , some are well kept , others are derelict.
Suffolk has some wild,unspoilt natural beaches where you can find peace, solitude and some odd stuff
NEW cream-tea island at nearby Southwold Boating Lake and Cafe , great place for tea & twitchers
The Norfolk Broads is 20 minutes away from the ORR & Day Boats or river trips are another great
Southwold the nearest Town to ORR , great for a bit of Star spotting or do the Adnams Brewery Tour
Come and join us and stay for the WORLD Crabbing Championships at nearby Walberswick.
Suffolk is home to the world renowned Adnams and Aspalls breweries , both within minutes of the ORR
Come and spend your holiday in one of England's special LISTED buildings.
Thanks to our guests for awarding us a coveted Trip Advisor 5-Star award last season.
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Wrentham, Suffolk, East Anglia, England

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Catherine...
Southampton
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25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Holiday ruined by misleading description”
Reviewed October 11, 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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Having made a thorough search of the Internet for a toddler and dog friendly holiday cottage, the old reading rooms appeared to tick all the boxes. However, upon arrival at the building, it immediately became apparent that it was definitely neither safe for dogs or toddlers. The entrance opens onto a busy main road, there is no adjoining garden, so dogs could not be let out without us having to get fully dressed and walk them by a road that was even busy at 5am. In terms of being toddler friendly, all the plug sockets were exposed, some did not even switch off, 2 of the windows couldn't be closed properly, so 2 of the 3 bedrooms were very cold, there were trailing cables across the floor from lamps, no child catches on cupboards with the cleaning cupboard located on floor level containing detergents and dishwasher tablets, there were big mirrors just leant against walls.
We only stayed a night and then returned home. We contacted the agents, welcome cottages, as we wanted future holiday makers to be aware that this property was not safe for toddlers or suitable for dogs, but they would take no responsibility. They did offer us a £50 goodwill gesture but refused to reassess property details. Please see other reviews on cottages 4 u website.
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Liked best: Clean and nicely made cot bed
Liked least: Busy road, lack of adjoined garden, shared entrance with shop
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Nov 3, 2013
Interestingly our departing guests this week, a young family of 3 adults and 2 children pointed out this review to us and advised us to put the record straight as they had an excellent holiday and could not see where the reviewer had justification for complaint.How unfortunate that such a meticulous and extensive reviewer, despite contacting us prior to her visit to change arrival time and day on 3 occasions, declined to contact us about any of her issues during her stay when we could have examined them and indeed in most cases resolved them in full without problem.
We are undoubtedly both child and dog/pet friendly as many good references can attest,please see our other trip adviser comments and indeed our own direct web site www.oldreadingrooms.co.uk. Suffice to say,in over 7 years of operation we have welcomed hundreds of both types of guests, 1 greyhound owner (another trip adviser reviewer!)over 7 times who seem quite able to keep their very energetic pet walked daily for many miles down the country lanes that start just opposite the ORR and if this reviewer had contacted us we could have pointed out the maps showing these clearly marked. Unfortunately given the reviewers proposed criticism that they would have preferred to let their dogs out into the garden untended,to use for a toilet we presume,in an area we offer for BBQ (and children)then we are quite relieved they were unable to do this and certainly appreciate our other guests not doing likewise, although 1 recent guest indeed managed to keep 2 very lively gun-dogs quite securely here it must be said and others have in the past.
It is interesting that once we discussed our property with the agent that this visitor booked via they confirmed that we met FULLY , their criteria for child friendly status specifically we offer high chairs,travel cot ,stair gates and doors(top and bottom)and substantial fire guards.This is probably why they did not agree to this reviewers demands for a refund under such terms nor did they propose to change their description of the property as being child friendly.
Furthermore regarding the complaint that power sockets were not 'blocked off',unfortunately we also cater for elderly guests who would be inconvenienced by such arrangements,however if the reviewer had elected to contact us we could have advised them that there are some plug blockers available for their own usage should they be needed which would have solved this 'issue'immediately.Frankly we have never been asked to install them by other guests who tend to appreciate the fact that the open plan living space enables them to effectively parent their children as they are always in sight. The similar concern that there are cleaning materials in 1 cupboard,well to be honest,aside from the fact the child would have been clearly visible playing in this cupboard,we have plenty of high level cupboards the 3-4 items could have been moved to out of reach, this is how we would have handled such an issue given the opportunity or indeed during our own travels with our own children. Likewise the cables/lamps,previous guests have just moved them away if required, they are neither excessively heavy or in such number this would take more than 2 minutes and again our older guests like the extra reading light.
Regarding the busy road and entrance,there are 2 external doors to pass through,the cottage door and into a porch area,both have locks and bolts out of child's reach.These lead out to a village conservation area and the pavement outside is over 10feet wide.There is a pedestrian crossing across the single carriageway road within 10 metres of the front door with no parking allowed, how this could be made much safer to cross we struggle to think and we would assume the parent would accompany the child/toddler while doing so, we assume the reviewer did not plan to let her child wander out untended anyway.
Regarding the comment about windows failing to close and the bedrooms being cold,the windows in question close fine but its an old listed building as are they. However the heating is modern and if turned on will heat the property swiftly and substantially and indeed many guests have praised the heating in the depths of winter let alone a mild Autumn when the reviewer visited,perhaps they did not turn the heating on, again if we had been asked about this its quite simple to operate and most of our guests seem to manage fine.
Once again , we are disappointed that the reviewer failed to contact us about any of these issues prior to departure, and indeed tried to insist that the booking agent in question did not contact us about these issues either despite trying to claim a discount for their stay, we remain very confident that our property is a great location to bring children and pets and our many repeat guests in these categories would seem to substantiate this belief. However it is also true that you can't please everybody all the time and hopefully the reviewer will contact her hosts next time prior to just leaving bad reviews without trying to address issues directly so that she could enjoy her stay.
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patd1967
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Another great break”
Reviewed September 22, 2013 for a stay in September 2013

Would just like to thank you once again for another great holiday.Its just like home from home.The weather was cool for the first few days of our break was quite cool but the rooms where nice and toasty.Will see you again next year

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Liked best: Location
Traveling group: Other
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84Mew
Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“An absolute must!!”
Reviewed September 10, 2013 for a stay in February 2013

I stayed here with my husband and dog for a well earned break at the beginning of the year. We were not sure what to expect as the only place that we had previously visited in Suffolk was Southwold (which we love). Needless to say that we had no cause for concern as The Reading Rooms really is a home from home but with that added touch of luxury and a quarter of the price of anywhere in Southwold (which is only a stones throw away). The owners attention to detail is spot on and they fall over themselves to be helpful, just lovely. We have already booked for next year and will be taking our friends so that they can experience this wonderful touch of Suffolk hospitality. Thanks so much Andy and Hayley!!!!

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Liked best: clean and spotless!!
Liked least: nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Susan R
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A gem of a find”
Reviewed August 27, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

We stayed here recently and loved every minute of it. The host Hayley was so welcoming and can accommodate you every need. It has a lovely romantic yet homely feel to it..stunning in the summer but we can't wait to go back with friends in the winter, so we can sit in front of the beautiful open fireplace!. It is perfect for self catering but there are amaizing cafe's and restaurants in the surrounding areas. Hope to see you soon Hayley...that is if you can fit us in, the weeks are filling in too quickly?!

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Liked best: The open kitchen lounge areas...and the stunning claw bath!
Liked least: Nothing
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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patd1967
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Home from home”
Reviewed June 15, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

This is our 6th family holiday at The Old Reading Rooms,and already planning our next week away.We only found this little gem about 3 years ago and have never regretted it.When you first arrive you will find easy parking,the cottage actually as 2 spaces a rarity in this area.The owners are so easy going,friendly and down to earth.The building as been beautifully converted into a cosy holiday let.With a large kitchen/diner/living room you can easily keep in the conversation while doing a spot of food.A downstairs bathroommwith a rolltop bath.Then you go upstairs,where there is a shower room,and toilet.There are 3 good size bedrooms all furnished with cast iron beds and plenty of wardrobe and cupboard space.

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Liked best: Open plan living
Liked least: There's nothing to dislike
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jun 16, 2013
Thanks for your regular annual, indeed sometimes twice annual visits over the last 3 years. Your support for the ORR is much appreciated and we look forward to seeing you again later this year. Many Thanks.
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Witham, Essex
Reviewed March 11, 2013 for a stay in December 2012
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Liked best: Stylish open plan living area
Liked least: Not applicable
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Jun 16, 2013
As the ORR's most frequent Guest this review speaks volumes and we sincerely appreciate your continued support and visits with our favourite Greyhound.See you again soon.
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Reviewed November 1, 2016 for a stay in October 2016
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Traveling group: Family with Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jan 2, 2017
Thanks again for visiting us from Germany and we hope to see you again.
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