“A traditional coaching inn with 12th century origins that has seen some stylish yet sympathetic modernisation in recent years. Rooms are divided into good, better, best and suites, ranging from cosy singles to family and four-poster rooms. In reality all are excellent with luxurious Egyptian bed linen, duck down duvets and pillows, fluffy towels and Fired Earth bath and shower rooms. Each room is different in character - traditional in the main inn and contemporary in the newly converted stables and cottages. Flat screen TVs and local information packs are included in all. Expect immaculate bathrooms, some with roll top baths, small study area and tea and coffee making facilities. Almost bordering Minsmere Bird Reserve plus there are numerous walks over the heath – so bring the children and the dog along. A day outdoors is a great way to work up an appetite for the delicious cuisine, which has been awarded two AA Rosettes. Meals can be taken either in the pub style bar area, in front of a roaring log fire, in the sun filled Garden Room Restaurant or, in fine weather, al fresco in the charming terraced garden. Head Chef James Finch presides over a dedicated kitchen team, using the freshest ingredients and local suppliers wherever possible. Breads are baked daily and soups, pâtés and desserts, including ice cream, are all home made. Family suites and children’s menus available. It is also near the beaches of Thorpeness, Aldeburgh, Dunwich and Southwold.”
Written by Malcolm Orr-Ewing
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
It makes you feel like you’ve found something really unique and special. The Westleton Crown is set in a sleepy Westleton village only a short drive away from two very popular seaside towns Southwold and Aldeburgh. After a long day walking and exploring our guests love to return to The Westleton Crown, indulge in a little luxury in our cosy bedrooms and enjoy mouth-watering food from our menus. The Westleton Crown is unpretentious, friendly and relaxed whilst paying great attention to the small details that really make the difference.
What is there to do in the area?
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 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.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Buffet selection that includes fruit salad, cereals and juices then our guests can enjoy either full English breakfast or kippers, eggs Benedict, smoked salmon or pancakes.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
Yes, we serve lunch, cream tea and dinner
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
All our rooms offer comfort and special little touches that feel like home from home.
What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms ?
We have children menu available in our restaurant. Also our Family rooms include a single bed and can comfortably accommodate a cot and a Bean2Bed bags which swiftly transform into a very comfortable bed for smaller children.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
The Suffolk Heritage Coast is a truly beautiful place in the summer months with its big blue skies, beaches, heath land and
quintessentially English coastal towns. For many the area is equally as compelling in the winter months and The Westleton Crown with its roaring log fires and cosy atmosphere is a truly warming and relaxing place to stay.”