sunrise at the bildeston crown

I recently had the honour of a stay at The Bildeston Crown, a hidden gem in the heart of Suffolk. This luxurious boutique hotel, restaurant and bar seamlessly blends old-world charm with contemporary elegance, creating a captivating experience for every guest. With a rich history dating back to the 15th century, this Grade II listed building exudes character and sophistication, ensuring a stay like no other.

From the beautifully designed rooms, featuring luxurious furnishings and modern amenities, to the exquisite dining experience offered at the award-winning restaurant, every detail has been carefully curated to provide an unforgettable stay. Indulge in delectable dishes created using locally sourced ingredients, perfectly complemented by an extensive selection of fine wines.

Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life as you explore the picturesque village of Bildeston, surrounded by rolling countryside and quaint, traditional cottages. Whether you choose to relax in the garden with a book or embark on a countryside walk, serenity and tranquility await.

chairs and fireplace in the bar area

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History and features

Step back in time and discover the intriguing history of The Bildeston Crown. Dating back to the 15th century, this Grade II listed building has been a landmark in the village of Bildeston for centuries. Originally a coaching inn, it served as a resting place for weary travellers and their horses. Over the years, the inn evolved into a renowned establishment, attracting visitors from far and wide.

The Bildeston Crown staircase

It has undergone several transformations throughout its history. In the 18th century, it was rebuilt to accommodate the growing number of guests and provide more luxurious amenities. The current owners have lovingly restored the building, preserving its historical charm while adding contemporary touches to enhance the guest experience.

Today, The Bildeston Crown stands as a testament to the rich heritage of the village and offers guests a glimpse into the past. Each room is adorned with period features and unique artifacts, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the history of the building.

the hotel landing

Room and stay

As you step into The Bildeston Crown, you’ll be enveloped in a charming ambiance that exudes warmth and elegance. The combination of period features and contemporary design creates a unique atmosphere that is both inviting and luxurious.

The beautifully designed rooms are a testament to the attention to detail that has gone into creating a truly exceptional experience. Each room is individually decorated, showcasing a blend of traditional and modern elements. Luxurious furnishings, plush bedding, and state-of-the-art amenities ensure that every guest feels pampered and comfortable.

bed at the bildeston crown

From cozy single rooms to spacious suites, there is an option to suit every guest’s needs. The rooms are elegantly furnished, with sumptuous bedding, plush carpets, and tasteful decor. Modern amenities, such as flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, and luxurious toiletries, add the perfect finishing touches.

The public areas of the hotel are equally impressive, with cozy seating areas, roaring fireplaces, and stunning artwork adorning the walls. Whether you’re enjoying a pre-dinner drink in the bar or unwinding in the garden, you’ll find yourself surrounded by beauty and tranquility.

bildeston crown bathroom

The Bildeston Crown boasts a range of unique features that set it apart from other boutique hotels. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be captivated by the attention to detail and the warm, personalized service.

I can truly say that during my time here, every member of staff had a genuine smile on their face the whole time, it was wonderful to see.



One of the standout features of The Bildeston Crown is its award-winning restaurant that offers a wonderful gastronomic experience. The menu showcases the best of Suffolk’s local produce, with each dish carefully crafted to delight the senses.

beef dish

Whether you’re a fan of traditional British cuisine or prefer to indulge in international flavors, the restaurant at The Bildeston Crown has something to satisfy every palate.

For lunch I had a glorious beef dish that tasted devine. After a day of exploring I looked forward to a glorious burger that was far above and beyond your average burger.

burger at the bildeston crown

To complement the exquisite cuisine, The Bildeston Crown offers an extensive selection of fine wines, carefully curated to enhance the dining experience. Whether you’re a connoisseur or simply appreciate a good glass of wine, you’ll find something to suit your taste among the carefully chosen bottles.

wine selection

They also have varied sized rooms that can cater for private dining and accommodate all sizes of groups. From family get-togethers to corporate dinners. Or maybe you have chosen The Bildeston Crown for your wedding stay.

The Bar

The main bar of The Bildeston Crown is so very inviting it became a great place for me to wind down and relax after a day exploring.

main bar at the bildeston crown

From leather chairs around the fireplace to tables and chairs spaced around, you get a real feeling of warmth and welcoming that goes great with the ambience. Again the decor is lovely.

Plus there is the bonus that they serve Mauldons ales too from the Oldest Brewery in Suffolk.

mauldons beer in the bar

Activities and attractions near The Bildeston Crown

While The Bildeston Crown offers a serene and tranquil retreat, there are plenty of activities and attractions to explore in the surrounding area. Whether you’re a nature lover, history buff, or simply looking to relax and unwind, there is something for everyone.

Nature enthusiasts can enjoy scenic walks through the picturesque countryside, dotted with charming villages and historic landmarks. The nearby Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers breathtaking views and opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and birdwatching.

History lovers can delve into the rich heritage of Suffolk by visiting nearby historic sites such as Framlingham Castle, Lavenham Guildhall, and Kentwell Hall. These well-preserved landmarks provide a fascinating glimpse into the region’s past and offer educational and entertaining experiences for visitors of all ages.

There are many other attractions that can be visited nearby too for example, Jimmy’s Farm is only 16 miles away. Or you could go out for the day to the lovely Suffolk seaside town of Southwold before returning for a pleasant evening.

front of the bildeston crown suffolk


From the moment I drove through Bildeston, Suffolk and saw The Bildeston Crown I was in awe of its architecture and charming uniqueness. This feeling carried on as I stepped inside and discovered a remarkable a place to stay, dine and drink.

I will definitely be back for more. Plus. The Bildeston Crown will form a part in the dining for our Suffolk Retreat.

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