My sons treated my husband and I to a break at The Ship, and as an extra treat they came along too. The weather lived up to the dreadful forecast, although it did stop snowing, but the welcome was very warm, as was our delightfully comfortable room. We wrapped up and braved the elements to take a walk along the shingle beach, and found a young seal cub just above the water line. It seemed distressed and we asked the only other person on the beach what to do. He said it was probably just having a rest, and when he approached it, it flapped itself into the sea and swam off. We met in the bar, where the log burning stove was very warm, for drinks before dinner, and were called outside to witness a murmeratioon of starlings, an amazing experience. Dinner was simple but very good, not too much choice but doing what they do best. Next day to Framlingham Castle and walked around the parapets of this historic ruin, and to Alburgh, then an even better dinner at the more sophisticated sister restaurant (The Crown) in the next village, slightly marred by the breast feeding at the next table! it is possible to do this discreetly or as in this case, with a flourish. Breakfast on each morning was very good, well cooked and tasty enough to tempt my younger son who never usually eats it.
I would recommend The Ship for a relaxing and comfortable break in an unspoilt part of the world, and as we were on the Travelzoo offer, we thought it amazing value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Once a haunt of smugglers, The Ship Inn isn't just a great place to eat, drink, relax and get away from it all – we like to think it's also part of a great story. Now a quiet, idyllic village surrounded by nature reserves, heathland and beach, only the romantic ruins of Dunwich monastery remain to hint at the fate of this once thriving medieval port claimed by the waves during a terrible storm. It's said you can still hear the peal of the church bells beneath the waves. While we can't guarantee that, there are certain, more earthly things we're always happy to provide… real ales, real food and a real fire. You will find: a great pub, home-cooked food in our restaurant, a cosy hotel with comfortable, traditionally furnished bedrooms, some with views across the sea or marshes. There is also an enormous garden dotted with fruit trees (including our 300 year old fig tree) and a beach that really is just a couple of minutes walk away. Whether you want to use it as a base to explore this wild and wonderful coastline, enjoy some of the best fish and chips on the Suffolk coast or simply indulge in a pint or two of Adnams, The Ship Inn at Dunwich extends the warmest of welcomes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ship At Dunwich Hotel Dunwich
- The Ship At Dunwich Suffolk