Crown House

Saxmundham, Suffolk
Bed & Breakfast

Come for amazing food at breakfast, really comfortable bedrooms with garden views and lovely Sasha (and her dogs) who will spoil you


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

You’ll get a very friendly vibe from Sasha, who comes out to greet you in the pretty garden. You can have afternoon tea and homemade cake here or inside by the open fire in the sitting room surrounded by beautiful fabrics and wallpaper designed by Sasha’s mum, Anna French. The timber-framed house dates back to the 1500s and was originally the village pub. 

It’s worth coming for Sasha’s breakfasts alone – she’s a committed foodie. You may start with her homemade pear compote with organic ginger yogurt and a sprinkle of pecan and treacle granola, or a fruit salad of mango, melon, blueberries and pomegranate; there’s toasted sourdough or croissants from Pump Street Bakery and homemade marmalade from a Dundee recipe. If you still have room there’s local coffee-cured salmon or kippers, scrambled eggs and award-winning sausages, bacon and black pudding from the butcher in Aldeburgh. Sasha has also been discovering good walks in the area for the last twenty years and you can join the Sailor’s Path from Snape Bridge, a ten-minute drive.

Walk over the road to a good pub in the village or visit the church with its carved and painted ceiling. You’re 20 minutes from Orford, ten from Snape Maltings and 30 from Southwold, known as Chelsea-on-Sea.

Crown House - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Breakfast – foodies will be happy here
  • Staying in such an interesting house full of books and art
  • Walking in such beautiful countryside
Crown House - Gallery

You should know

  • Sasha has three friendly dogs and a cat
  • There are some steep winding stairs
  • It's not really geared up for children or babies


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pub 1-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £90
Extra bed £30.
3 Doubles
From £90



The house is undeniably Suffolk-perfect and has been beautifully done up to the highest standards of faultlessness. Among all that glittered, our breakfast sparkled with brilliance. Sasha is a character, passionate about music and getting B&B dead right.

Alastair, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

It's quiet here, with not much to do in the village except go to the pub. But the walking is superb and Sasha has done much research about the area, so do ask. She can tell you about circular walks with a good pub to stop off at for lunch, or a tea room for cake, long tiring hikes or gentle strolls. You can join the Suffolk Coastal Path for breath-taking walks and views across the North Sea – don't be put off by the name, the water is quite warm in summer. You're 10 minutes in the car from Framlingham for good restaurants, a medieval castle and market square - also famous for antiques.

Local points of interest from Sasha French

  • Just 1.5 miles off the A12 makes Crown House an easy base from which to explore all that the Suffolk Coast has to offer. Aldeburgh 15 mins, Southwold 30 mins, Orford 20 mins, Snape maltings 10 mins, Framlingham & Saxmundham 7 mins
  • The timber framed house, originally thatched, dates back to the late 1500s when it was the pub before being converted into 3 labourers cottages in the 17thC.
  • Framlingham is a very attractive medieval market town with a castle where Mary Tudor was pronounced queen. It also boasts The Station Hotel, which is in my opinion, the best place to eat
  • Very quiet, rural location, in picturesque village surrounded by fields. You can walk 1.5 miles across the fields to CAMRA award winning best pub in East Anglia The Sweffling White Horse - pub with no bar! Open Friday - Monday
  • BBC2 film location for "Detectorists"
  • Places to visit - Parham Airfield Museum, Sutton Hoo, Orford Ness and The Long shop Museum in Leiston is a must


Sasha French

Sasha trained in and produced opera. She lived in London for years, retreating to Suffolk for weekends. She began to absolutely hate going back to London on Sunday nights, so she bought Crown House and settled here permanently some years ago. Her plan was always to run a special place and her inspiration was staying with other Sawday's owners. She adores meeting people, cooking breakfasts (especially poached eggs...) and helping people fall in love with her beautiful part of the country.