The Westleton Crown

Saxmundham, Suffolk

A pretty Suffolk village with a old church, a pretty green, and a lovely inn with open fires, good food, cute bedrooms and a smart garden


34 rooms


Rooms sleep 1 – 4



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 RSPB Nature Reserve. Inside, stripped floors, smouldering fires, exposed brickwork and ancient beams sweep you back in time. 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 breakfast in the conservatory amid big photos of local landscapes; in summer doors open onto a terraced garden for barbecues in the sun. Fish comes straight off the boats at Lowestoft, local butchers provide local meat, so try slow-cooked Blythburgh pork belly, roasted hake fillet with crushed new potatoes or dark chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream. Bedrooms are scattered about (Will and Kate loved theirs), some in the main house, others in converted stables. Expect off-whites, comfy beds, crisp linen, smart TVs. Bathrooms come courtesy of Fired Earth, some with claw-foot baths. Aldeburgh and Southwold are close. Dogs are welcome.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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

Special offer: Stays from £149 per couple including 3 course dinner and breakfast. Available on Sunday nights only.

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum two nights at weekends.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Dog treats, water bowls, doggie breakfast, blanket, map with local walks, dog wash and towels.

Dogs £7.50.

All year round dog-friendly beach just 3 miles away.

Lunch from £5.50. Dinner, 3 courses, £25-£35. Sunday lunch £19.95-£24.95


Nightly price
from £100
Extra beds: under 9s £15 p.p. 10+ £25 p.p.
2 Twins
From £140
1 Single
From £100
2 Family rooms for 4
From £180
26 Doubles
From £140
3 Suites for 2
From £215


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Anita Rakauskaite

  • 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.
  • Inn 2 Inn walk - a circular walk between The Westleton Crown and sister inn The Ship at Dunwich.
  • Dunwich Heath - Designated a site of special scientific interest and an important conservation area Dunwich Heath is teeming with wildlife, unspoiled, and exceptionally beautiful. You can enjoy wonderful moorland and forest walks with coastal views.