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The Ship at Dunwich
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dunwich
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

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.

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Reviewed May 8, 2013

We stayed at the Ship for 2 nights. We had booked for 3 but came home early. This could be such a find but they just fall short in several ways. As there is no proper reception area it is difficult to know who to go to for check-ins, problems. On our first morning there was no hot water at all and when I mentioned this I was told they were trying to get it fixed. No apology. The food, which is quite expensive is very average. I ordered leg of lamb the first night and got a big slab of meat that was both tasteless and grey looking. The breakfasts were much better quality. We visited their sister hotel The Crown and it was a different story altogether. Friendly staff and good fresh food so they do know how to do it right! Such a pity, the location is great

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Shipmanager, General Manager at The Ship at Dunwich, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2013

We are always prepared to hold our hands up and say sorry when things don’t go as we had hoped, and your feedback certainly reads that way. It’s always one thing to hear that we had technical issues as these do happen from time but the most important thing is how the team responds to the issues. We have a clear policy in these cases to offer some form of compensation or an offer of a return stay so I would be very happy to discuss if you wanted to call me.
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your time at our sister Inn, The Crown and there at least you received the sort of experience we wish for our customers here.

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Reviewed April 25, 2013

We have recently returned from a lovely couple of days break at the Ship courtesy of a Travel Zoo deal which gave us two nights in a 'best' room and £50 credit towards the first night's meal for £149. We couldn't book a 'best' room for the dates we wanted but had a 'good' room instead which apparently was similar but smaller.
We had a warm welcome and after checking in were shown where all the facilities were (and were told there was no night porter on the premises at night but there was a phone number in emergencies) before being shown to our room in the main building. The room was quite small but comfortable, with plenty of storage, flat screen tv and tea/coffee/hot chocolate, kettle and biscuits on a tray. The bathroom was a nice size but weirdly the window wasn't opaque so we had to have the blind down all the time (we were a the back looking over the garden and houses further back). There was only a hand shower too in the bath and no shower curtain or screen so water went on the floor.
There was a great ambience in the bar where we ate both nights. The Adnams ale went down very well! The food was very nice but we had expected a bit more than good pub food for the price. Breakfast was fine but nothing special (except the sausages which were very tasty). Fruit juices, cereals or grapefruit to start ( a serrated edge spoon would have helped with the grapefruit) followed by full English. My poached eggs were underdone though as although I like a runny yolk, I don't like runny white! There was no continental breakfast choice except for starters followed by toast. But then I guess most people would want cooked here.
We had never stayed in Suffolk before which was why we took up this offer. Dunwich is a lovely village by the beach. It has a fascinating history (most of it is in the sea!) and there's a museum a few doors away which is well worth a visit. We bought the DVD and a book about the history. Southwold and Aldeburgh are both worth visiting and the ruins of Leiston Abbey. Also plenty of walks around the area.We would have ventured further if we'd had more time.
All in all a relaxing break. Worth the money we paid for it but I'm not sure we would pay the full price. It was also a good job I checked the bill on checking out as they tried to charge us for everything - we'd already paid Travel Zoo which included the £50 meal credit!.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

Had a lovely 2 day break last week. We booked a discounted package which included a 'best' room. Initially surprised to be in the stable block not the main building, however it was absolutely fine. Quiet, warm, beautifully refurbished and very comfortable with plenty of hot water and a decent bath and shower to return to after a good walk on the heath or on the beach. Great to have free wifi. Fabulous meals with local produce, great customer service, very helpful but not in your face. Only one tiny improvement local marmalade would go well with local breakfast and leaf tea would be lovely but then I took my own and they not only didn't mind but asked me about it.
Lots of lovely walks around. Returned fully refreshed and looking forward to going again.

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

The location is excellent and the rooms were comfortable, although you might be in the stables rather than the main pub. Nevertheless the rooms were clean, tidy and warm.

The staff did their job, no more. You felt like 'just another punter'. No-one appeared to be on site at night - is this legal?

The food was fair to poor. I wouldn't go again.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Shipmanager, General Manager at The Ship at Dunwich, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2013

We are really sorry that you did not enjoy your time with us, the team are usually complimented on their genuine wish to look after our customers and their friendly nature, they all get to read the reviews that our posted here on Tripadvisor and we use them to discuss the best way for us to create the best experience for our customers.
The Safety of our customers is also paramount; our team is on hand from 7am -11.30pm every day. After this time we have a shared emergency night porter service with our sister Inn, The Westleton Crown just two miles inland from us. I ask all my team to make sure guests are taken through our emergency contact procedures during check-in and details are in each room as a reminder. Our head chef also lives in Dunwich and is on call along with myself and two other members of the senior team. As added protection our fire system is fully automated and monitored by a custodian service linked directly to the fire brigade. We would like to assure all readers of this review that their safety and comfort is a priority in everything we do.

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Just returned from a 2 day break with my wife at the Ship, Dunwich . The rooms and food were excellent and the staff very helpful . We had booked a discounted package for the room but the standard prices looked good value . The food really was excellent . The cheeseboard was a meal in itself . Great place for enjoying the country and doing some bird spotting .

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Friendly staff, substantial breakfast and excellent evening meal--lamb for me and pork belly for my wife- and good beer. What more could one ask for.

The room was somewhat small but comfortable and clean. A good centre for Southwold and Aldeburgh.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: St. James's Street, Dunwich IP17 3DT, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Dunwich
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dunwich
Price Range: $125 - $158 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Ship at Dunwich 4*
Number of rooms: 16
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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