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This 12th-century coaching inn is in the village of Westleton within the Yox Valley, about three miles from Dunwich on the Suffolk Heritage Coast. Inside it's relaxed, with cosy enclaves, where you can sit on the sofas while reading one of the hotel's books, or study the huge map on the wall to plan your next walk. Expect wood burners, beamed ceilings, exposed brickwork and rustic furniture.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stayed here on their first wedding anniversary and had a full English breakfast the next morning in the Garden Room conservatory, which has floor-to-ceiling windows and walls decorated with photographs of the north Suffolk coast.
Dining here can be as extravagant as you like -- choose a hearty dish from the à la carte menu in the 2-AA-Rosette restaurant or have a lighter meal in the traditional front bar. The kitchen uses produce from local butchers and fishermen, and the chefs bake fresh bread every day. There's also an ample wine list.
Each of the Best rooms have a roll-top bath big enough for two people, a heated bathroom mirror and towel rails, duck down duvets and free Wi-Fi.
Dogs are welcome and are given biscuits and a blanket when they arrive.
The 2.7-mile walk from The Westleton Crown to The Ship at Dunwich takes you through Westleton Heath National Nature Reserve. Minsmere -- owned by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds -- is an 8-minute drive away, and you can cycle along the nature trails through the woodlands or walk to see the coastal lagoons.
Southwold, nine miles away, has a bustling harbour, shops, a lighthouse and the Southwold Sailor's Reading Room, a small maritime museum. Aldeburgh, 20 minutes' drive from The Westleton Crown, is famed for being the home of composer Benjamin Britten. Visit The Red House where he lived and worked or walk along the Blue Flag shingle beach to see the pastel coloured houses on the promenade.
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