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"Gorgeous B&B, offering superb, stylish accommodation - think boutique rather…"
Gorgeous B&B, offering superb, stylish accommodation - think boutique rather than Mrs Bouquet. Essentially a converted Georgian rectory with seven highly individual en-suite rooms - several of which have sofa beds so easily sleep a family of 4 - set in wonderful gardens. We stayed in the converted Coach House suite which had one one of the biggest beds I've ever seen, along with a small sitting room with sofa bed where our son was supposed to sleep... but that bed was just too big and inviting.
The owners have children of their own and are very "family-friendly". We got back from supper that night to find they'd put books suitable for our son's age by the side of his bed, which was a lovely touch... and they also went out of their way to find a football and chess set to keep him amused. The gardens are really beautiful so do take time to explore them: we whiled away a couple of hours on a sunny afternoon with drinks on the terrace (there's an honesty bar) while small boy made use of the football net and big trampoline. Oh, and befriended Hector the extremely friendly labrador.
Breakfast is included in the rate - all locally sourced where possible and very good quality. A set meal is provided on some evening by pre-arrangement; we didn't try it but if the standard of the breakfast is anything to go by it would probably be worth it. That said, Woodbridge and Aldeburgh are nearby and have a good selection of restaurants (would recommend The Captain's Table in Woodbridge for great fish).
The Suffolk Coast is a few miles away, as is the National Trust's Sutton Hoo, so location alone would make The Old Rectory worth considering. Add all the other wonderful little touches and you get a great place to stay that is highly deserving of its Alastair Sawday recommendation.Read moreLess