The Crown & Castle

Orford, Suffolk
+44 (0)1394 450205

A chic bolthole in a sleepy Suffolk village with seriously good food, stylish bedrooms, riverside walks and Suffolk’s wild coast


21 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Pets welcome

The Experience

A great place to wash up for a few lazy days. Orford is hard to beat, a sleepy Suffolk village blissfully marooned at the end of the road. River, beach and forest await, as does the Crown & Castle, a welcoming English hostelry where the art of hospitality is practised with unstinting flair. The inn stands in the shadow of Orford’s 12th-century castle. Uncluttered interiors have a warm, airy feel with stripped floorboards, open fires, wonderful art and flickering candles at night. Chic bedrooms have Vi-Spring beds, fancy bathrooms, lovely fabrics, the odd armchair. Four in the main house have watery views, the suite is huge, the garden rooms big and light, the courtyard rooms a real delight. All have crisp white linen, TVs, DVDs and digital radios. Wellington boots wait at the back door, so pull on a pair and explore Rendlesham Forest or hop on a boat and chug over to Orfordness. Ambrosial food awaits your return, perhaps potted brown shrimps, a faultless steak and ale pie, crushed pistachio meringue with a chocolate ice-cream sundae. Sutton Hoo is close. Dogs are very welcome.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • 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
From 3pm
Check out
from 11.30am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends. Children over 8 welcome.
Open all day.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Homemade treats, towels, walks, and a bookable "doggie table" in the restaurant.

Dogs £10 for up to 2 dogs per room per night. Max. 2.

Lots of walking both by the river and in the forest.

Lunch from £8.50. À la carte dinner around £35.


Nightly price
from £90
Damage deposit
Charges for damages may apply
Dinner, B&B, from £100 per person.
2 Twins
From £90
1 Suite for 2
From £150
18 Doubles
From £140



Great rooms. Great food. Great location. But what really sets the Crown and Castle apart is service - professional, courteous, attentive & efficient without ever being overbearing. Highly recommended.

Sean, London

Stayed in October 2020 Really enjoyed the hotel. Friendly staff & comfortable rooms. Excellent food well done to the chef and kitchen team both dinners and breakfasts over 2 nights was spot on. Quiet location with good walks.

Ian, Okehampton

Lovely, friendly hotel. Staff were great and the food was excellent. It was our 40th wedding anniversary and the staff couldn't have done more for us. Definitely go again to explore more of the area.

John, Cambridge

My wife and I have stayed several times at the Crown and Castle and always look forward to our next visit. Orford is a beautiful unspoilt place and the Crown and Castle is situated at the heart of it. We always find the rooms extremely well presented and the owners and staff friendly and welcoming although always maintaining a professional attitude. The food is always fresh and well presented and with a superb wine list to compliment it. What with the superb bakers over the road it's hard to come away without having gained a pound or two, or kilogram if you are pro European. Highly recommended

Paul, Castle Acre

It's like being with old friends. The staff are so attentive without being over the top. A fabulous place to relax and enjoy the best food.- - the vegetarian menu is fantastic. One of our favourite places.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from John Morrell

  • Orford Castle, English Heritage. Built as a coastal defence in the C12th by Henry 2nd, this is a near-perfect example of a Norman keep, with panoramic views over the Alde estuary.
  • RSPB Minsmere. The reserve is situated on the coast, north of Orford. There are nature trails, bird watching, a wealth of wildlife and a brand new visitor centre.
  • Orford Ness, National Trust. The Ness is an extraordinary, 12-mile long shingle spit that was used for much of the twentieth century by the MOD to test weapons, including the stability of nuclear bombs.
  • The Red House, Aldeburgh. Lived in by composer, Benjamin Britten, and his partner, the tenor Peter Pears, visitors may explore the interesting exhibition space, visit the library and studio, and walk around the garden.
  • Framlingham Castle, English Heritage. Built in the C12th by the Bigod family (Earls of Norfolk), it is one of the finest examples of a curtain walled castle-and you can walk around the ramparts.
  • Boyton and Hollesley Marshes. A marvelous trail where you may well see anything from avocets to glossy ibis, spoonbill and black-winged stilts.