Having decided fairly last minute to have a night away we narrowed down to The Westleton Crown and The Swan Inn. We had a quick browse of the surrounding areas and decided that The Crown was looking like our preferred option as RSPB Minsmere was very close as well as being very close to Dunwich and the beach. And it turned out that Westleton Village itself was also very sweet.
We were able to book the very last room available and get a table for the restaurant in the evening too. All of this was done by very helpful and friendly staff who genuinely sounded pleased to be taking the booking. Already a very good impression before we even got there.
Upon arrival at 2.30pm we were greeted with a smile and friendliness and told that (as per the email confirmation the day before), our room would be ready around 3pm. We decided to go off on our bikes that we had brought with us and find the RSPB reserve.
After a few hours out we finally returned and were promptly shown to our room. We stayed in the Bittern Room. A lovely sized room - it's one of their "Best" Rooms and clearly caters for disabled if necessary. Furnished with a slightly shabby chic feel which we love and both the room and bathroom (wet room) were spotlessly clean. Our bath was tucked at the end of the bedroom. So romantic! The only fault with the room if we wanted to be super fussy would be that there needed a few touches of paint here and there. But this comment is purely for those of you that really would be bothered by things like that.
I, unfortunately, was not feeling very well by the time we were to go and eat but I wanted to at least try on our night away without children! The garden room restaurant was again very clean and furnished beautifully, but perhaps a little warm... Or maybe that was just me not feeling well!
When Annie came to serve us I mentioned that I wasn't feeling great and she explained that I could always order sandwiches from room service 24hrs if I couldn't manage a dinner. She was very discreet and subtle about it. I did order fish and chips and my husband had the pan roasted cod. I think he would have preferred a bigger portion of food having cycled and walked around for a few hours, but it tasted good and he wolfed it down. I couldn't manage to eat and Annie came back over to our table to ask if I was ok. She then took the food and covered it over with a cloche so that we could take it back to our room. She reminded us that we could order drinks from the bar and that room service would bring them over. Again, this was all done very discreetly so that I really don't think anyone noticed. This saved me a lot of embarrassment and was very very appreciated. Thank you Annie!
Later on that evening I was still not very well and having decided to have a walk around the village to get some air, I popped into reception to ask if the kitchen had some Ginger that I could use to steep in hot water to try and settle my stomach. The young lady on the reception was more than happy to help and went off to the kitchen immediately. She returned with a little dish of stem ginger and reminded us to call any time should we need anything else. I didn't get her name, but a big thank you to her as well.
I slept like a log!! I loved the soft comfy mattress in the super king bed. Just what I needed. No noise from the pub at closing time. Very peaceful. I felt much better in the morning!!
We ordered our breakfast to our room and it arrived at the time we had asked for. Perfectly cooked and a delicious start to the day.
We had no problems on check out like we have in other places with items appearing on our bill that we'd never had etc. It was all processed efficiently and again with friendliness and a smile.
Thank you very much for such a lovely stay despite not being well. The staff are a real credit to you. And the pub and accommodation really very lovely. We will highly recommend you and will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westleton Crown is a traditional Coaching Inn with origins extending back as far as the 12th Century. It retains the character and rustic charm of its heritage whilst offering guests the sophistication and comforts of contemporary living. With its quietly cracking log fires and real ales through to the 34 newly refurbished, stylish, comfortable bedrooms and imaginative menus we are sure that you will enjoy every part of your experience at The Westleton Crown. ... more less
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