Name: The Crown Inn
Location: United Kingdom
Are you looking for a chic boutique hotel retreat in an English countryside setting? An escape to a rural landscape of never-ending fields that artist, John Constable, would still recognise? Then the 16th-century Crown Inn at Stoke-by-Nayland is worth a look.
Perhaps this little gem is better described as an Inn rather than a boutique hotel. It has just 11 boutique bedrooms and is the village watering hole. It is, in fact, just this sort of teeny tiny, luxury bolthole that I adore. This classy boutique inn has been refurbished with an eye for style and offers super food and lovingly nurtured gardens in a rural setting.
The restaurant at The Crown Inn is an absolute highlight, boasting 2 AA Rosettes as well as mentions in Harden’s, the Michelin Guide. A top-drawer wine list complements the food perfectly. The Crown also has its own glass-fronted wine shop – an oenophile’s haven stacked with terrific bottles from across the globe (hotel guests can get substantial discounts). Breakfast here is very good and the traditional Sunday roasts are mouth-watering and must be experienced.
11 stylish double rooms range from £135 to £245 per night and two rooms on the ground floor interconnect if you want to bring the kids. For me, staying at The Crown is all about the views. The room is luxurious but looking out of your window is magic as you absorb the rolling Constable-country views around Dedham Vale. For stunning views across the fields, plus a beautiful bird cage wallpaper, ask for room 210.
If you can tear yourself away from the Inn’s large terraced gardens (which also enjoys the Constable views), you can explore the local fields and hedgerows on foot. Walk from East Bergholt to Flatford Mill or stroll the pretty water meadows at Sudbury. Much of Suffolk is thankfully flat, though if you like your walking to be a bit up and down, try the area around the villages of Newport and Debden south of Saffron Walden.
If fine food and wine in the fresh air, looking upon endless fields surrounding by gorgeous villages sounds appealing, The Crown Inn at Stoke-by-Nayland is a super choice.
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