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The Westleton Crown

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The Street, Westleton, Saxmundham, IP17 3AD, Suffolk
England, United Kingdom

A charming Suffolk inn that's been welcoming guests for 800 years - relax by flickering fires, sleep in cool bedrooms...

This is one of England's oldest coaching inns, with 800 years of continuous service under its belt. It stands in a village two miles inland from the sea at Dunwich, with Westleton Heath running east towards Minsmere Bird Sanctuary. Inside, stripped floors, smouldering fires, exposed brickwork and ancient beams sweep you back two hundred years. Weave about and find nooks and crannies in which to hide, flames flickering in open fires, a huge map on the wall for walkers. You can eat wherever you want, there's a conservatory breakfast room with fine local photography, then a colourful terraced garden for barbecues in summer. Fish comes straight off the boats at Lowestoft, local butchers provide local meat, perhaps wild rabbit and ham hock, spiced sea bass with curried cockles, coconut panna cotta with roasted pineapple. Bedrooms are scattered about (Will and Kate loved theirs!), some in the main house, others in converted stables. Expect lime whites, comfy beds, crisp linen, flat-screen TVs. Pretty bathrooms come courtesy of Fired Earth, some with claw-foot baths. Aldeburgh and Southwold are close.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Kids of all ages can stay.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Pets allowed in bedrooms (not on the bed).
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.

Local points of interest from
Gareth Clarke:

  • RSPB Minsmere- nature reserve is a short walk or cycle ride from The Westleton Crown. It is rated as one of the top bird sanctuaries in Europe and is the RSPB’s flagship European nature reserve. Minsmere supports an enormous range of bird species.
  • Southwold- the quintessentially English seaside town with its historic pier, is a must to visit. It has beaches, rivers, a busy harbour, excellent shopping in interesting and individual shops and a charm that draws its visitors to return year after year.
  • Aldeburgh- with its wide main street and long shingle beach Aldeburgh is an unspoiled seaside town with fascinating architecture that is definitely worth a visit.
  • Snape Maltings are a unique collection of granaries situated close to Aldeburgh. The famous annual Adleburgh Music Festival is held in the Snape Maltings Concert Hall, a beautiful conversion of one of the old maltings.
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Booking enquiries: Gareth Clarke
+44 (0)1728 648777(landline)

  • 26 Doubles
  • 2 Twins
  • 2 Family rooms for 4
  • 3 Suites for 2
  • 1 Single
Price:(i) £95 to£215 per night

Singles from £80.

Special Offer: Dinner, bed and breakfast - Stay for two nights from 145 per night per room, including dinner for 2 on both nights, breakfast and VAT. Available for stays Sunday to Thursday.

Booking info:

Minimum two nights at weekends.


Lunch & bar meals from £5.50. Dinner from £11.95. Sunday lunch £26.




The Street, Westleton, Saxmundham, IP17 3AD, Suffolk

Inn 26 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 95 to £ 180 per night
Inn 2 Twin rooms
Price: (i) £ 140 to £ 180 per night
Inn 2 Family rooms, each sleeping 4
Price: (i) £ 160 to £ 180 per night
Inn 3 Suites, each sleeping 2
Price: (i) £ 185 to £ 215 per night
Inn 1 Single room
Price: (i) £ 90 to £ 100 per night
Booking enquiries: Gareth Clarke
+44 (0)1728 648777(landline)

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