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Postcode: IP12 | code search
Population: 650
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Kings Head
"Out standing pub in the making,still early days for the new mangament but they are on the right track.The food was very good and the service was charming.A Pearl of ..." More

Crown & Castle Hotel
"We stayed for a short honeymoon break, the hotel is tucked away just off the main village square close to orford castle very quite. The room was well decorated and ..." More

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The village-sized town of Orford was once an important port, its castle built by Henry II to stamp his authority on a rebellious region, and defend his realm from sea-borne attack. Henry built innovatively and with an eye very firmly on costs. The whole castle came in at £1,413 10s and 10d, partly through its clever design (three towers not four), and partly through the use of local limestone for most of the building, although the quoins were of tougher Northamptonshire stone, and key pieces were sourced in Normandy. Only the keep remains, 90 feet high, with walls 10 feet thick, looking like it should be the setting for a sword and sourcery movie. The castle, thanks to sand deposited by the sea over centuries, is no longer by the sea. But Orford is still tied to the sea, its population swelled in summer by the yachting fraternity. Less exclusive boating can be had from Orford Quay - worth a visit anyway for its pretty Georgian cottages - with trips to enjoy the best views of the settlement from the water, and a ferry out to Orford Ness, until recently a secret military area. Nearby is Havergate Island RSPB sanctuary, famous for its sea-birds, particularly avocets. Suffolk composer Benjamin Britten previewed both Noyye’s Fludde and Curlew River in St Bartholemew’s church in Orford, whose fortress aspect and strategically high position can cause it to be mistaken for the castle. Orford these days has another string to its tourist bow, high quality food. Local oysters can be enjoyed in its Oysterage; there is a smokehouse; and Ruth Watson, whose writings will be known to many foodies, owns the Crown and Castle Hotel.


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Crown & Castle Hotel (0.08 miles)

Crown & Castle Hotel
The Crown and Castle is unlike almost any other hotel in Britain. Although extremely quietly positioned, it is not a country house hotel in the hackneyed, ruched-curtain, prohibitively expensive sense. Neither is it efficient but ... More | visit website
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Jolly Sailor Inn (0.24 miles)

Jolly Sailor Inn
Built in the late 16th /early 17th Century, this atmospheric old Smugglers' Inn is timber-framed, the wood rumoured to have come from ships wrecked nearby. Todays clientele includes walkers, sailors, fishermen and visitors from further afield ... More | visit website
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Butley Priory (2.93 miles)

Butley Priory

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Deep in the wooded heathlands of Suffolk's Heritage Coast lies Butley Priory, all that remains of the Augustinian monastery founded in 1171. Set in its own 7 acres, within an ... More

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Brudenell Hotel (4.64 miles)

Brudenell Hotel

This newly refurbished award winning hotel is located right on the beach in the delightful Edwardian town of Aldeburgh. The 44 spacious bedrooms enjoy sea, river or marshland views. Unrivalled views can also be enjoyed ... More | visit website

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White Lion Hotel (5.10 miles)

White Lion Hotel

3 Star AA Hotel

Established in 1563, the White Lion Hotel was voted Highly Commended in the 2001 Hotel of the year awards. Enjoying a premier location on the sea front, the White Lion offers a ... More | visit website

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Wentworth Hotel (5.15 miles)

Wentworth Hotel
The Wentworth sits right on the edge of the beautiful Suffolk coast, looking out over Aldeburgh Beach. Since 1920, it has been run by the Pritt family and Michael Pritt, third generation and present owner, ... More | visit website
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The Ship Inn (5.46 miles)

The Ship Inn
The Ship Inn is a traditional country pub with detached chalet accommodation in the peaceful village of Blaxhall, just 2 miles from Snape and 6 miles from the Suffolk heritage coast at Aldeburgh.

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Fernlea (5.78 miles)


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Set down a quiet lane leading to Rendlesham Forest, just ½ mile from a walking and cycling route, this charming 18th century cottage has been painstakingly restored ... More

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Swiss Cottage (6.59 miles)

Swiss Cottage
Swiss Cottage is a newly established 4* luxury Bed and Breakfast conveniently located between Aldeburgh and Thorpeness. Our peaceful leafy location provides a relaxing base for anyone looking to visit the nearby pretty Suffolk villages. ... More | visit website
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Thorpeness Hotel & Golf Club (6.71 miles)

Thorpeness Hotel & Golf Club

The Hours Fly by Where Time Stood Still....... A genuine seaside 'hidden gem' near fashionable Aldeburgh, unique amongst holiday villages. Located adjacent to the Meare and gardens this hotel offers 30 large, well-decorated en-suite bedrooms, ... More | visit website

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