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“A diamond of the Suffolk Coast”

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The Old Rectory B&B
Ranked #1 of 1 Kessingland B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A diamond of the Suffolk Coast”
Reviewed 26 June 2011

Everything about this was excellent, the rooms were well furnished and equipped and the bed very comfortable, the choice and quality of breakfast was superb as was the evening meal. Carole and Peter made us most welcome in their home and we do not hesitae to recommend this

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 May 2011

We booked this B & B as we were attending a wedding reception closeby so had no idea what we were booking.
We were blown away by the warm welcome from carole, who greeted us with afternoon tea and cake. The rooms are beautiful with fluffy towelling robes and lovely views of the gardens. As it was a sunny day we took a bottle of wine into the garden and Carole kindly lent us wine glasses.
The breakfast was very tasty, with lashings of toast and home made marmalade - which you must try! We walked it all off with a stoll onthe beach which is a short stroll away.

We slept soundly both nights and didn't actually want to leave.

We will return......

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2011

This establishment is at the very top end of the Bed and Breakfast market, and will appeal to the guest who wants comfort, cleanliness and service. At £39 per person per night, it is more expensive than most, but we found it well worth the extra expense. The Old Rectory is late Georgian or early Victorian, and is full of character. It has been refurbished to the highest standards, and all the furnishings are also of a high quality. The beds are comfortable (they seem to be 2 metres, or 6 ft 7 in, long, instead of the usual 6 ft that you get in most places -- good news for those of us who are taller than about 5'10"). The place is quiet at night, although in Spring you might be woken at 5 am by a loud and exuberant dawn chorus of all the birds in the garden. I didn't mind though, it was a nice thing to experience. The garden itself is spacious and beautiful, full of flowers and shrubs. A large Rhododendron with red flowers was the centre-piece at the time of year that we were there. Notably, there was also a mature Wisteria growing up the wall on one side of the house. Guests are at liberty to stroll the garden and sit and sun themselves on one of the benches.

The breakfast was excellent, with plenty of choice and extras such as home-made fresh-fruit salad, and Greek yoghurt with honey and almonds. No fussing around with small packets of butter -- the butter was as it ought to be, in a help-yourself lump, and the jams/marmalade (some of them home-made) were in a help-yourself pot

We really enjoyed our stay there. Carol and Chris are great hosts, who truly seem to enjoy their work running the place.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cornwall, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2011

We stayed here on 24th March 2011 - our first trip to Suffolk. There is not a lot of accommodation in Kessingland, but we would have chosen this B&B wherever it was! Such a beautiful house and such welcoming and friendly hosts. There was everything we needed in the room and spacious bathroom, plus all the nice little touches we wouldn't even have expected. The room overlooked the beautifully kept garden which looked wonderful with the spring flowers in bloom. Breakfast was exceptionally good! Would thoroughly recommend to anyone wanting to stay in the area (not only in Kessingland), and we do hope to return again sometime. Thank you, Carole and Chris for making our overnight stay so good.
Linda and Andrew (Cornwall)

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2011

We stayed her while in Suffolk for a funeral and I can't speak highly enough of this bed and breakfast, which is one of the best we have ever stayed in. The house itself is beautiful and the gardens magnificent. The breakfast was well cooked and served in the lovely breakfast room overlooking the gardens; there was plenty of choice, including fresh fruit salad. The bedroom was very attractive and spacious. But best of all was the welcome. Chris and Carole Richardson were excellent hosts, being friendly and helpful without being too obtrusive. I have no criticisms at all of their establishment - they got everything just right.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled on business
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UK
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2010

We stayed for a night at The Old Rectory, and as the title of the review states, we wish we could have stayed longer. We stayed in August 2010 and the room cost £94 per night including breakfast.

We got a warm welcome from Chris upon our arrival and then we were shown to a elegant, spacious room (room 1). I really think that Carole and Chris had "thought of everything" to make it extra special - fluffy bathrobes, slippers, fresh milk for tea, fresh fruit to name just a few things. The room looked on to the gorgeous garden which we didn't get chance to explore unfortunately. For me though, the best thing was the sleep that I got that night. Being located up a long drive off the busy main road meant that the Old Rectory was exceptionally quiet and combined with an extremely comfortable king-sized bed and wooden shutters on the windows meant I got the best night’s sleep I'd had in ages.

I can easily see why it has won an award for its breakfasts as EVERYTHING about it was superb. Another couple mentioned that the evening meals were really good too - next time we'll try them - which means we're definitely going back, can't wait!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 August 2010

We stayed at the Old Rectory B&B as a special treat, a little get away from the everyday hustle and bustle. We really were in for a treat. We received a very warm welcome from Chris and Carole, nothing was too much trouble. We have cream teas in the beautiful gardens before going to our room which was luxurious and well equipped. The views from the bedroom over the formal gardens were stunning and much time was spent looking out enjoying the scenery. We enjoyed a three course meal in the evening cooked by Carole on the premises using vegetables grown in the garden and local produce, it was exquisite. The breakfast was fantastic, we were spoilt for choice and I can especially recommend the fresh fruit salad and the full english! The location is ideal for exploring the Suffolk coast and Norfolk Broads. We visited Southwold, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft and spent time at Alton Broads which was beautiful. All in all a very relaxing pampered time, I highly recommend this little price of Heaven - everyone should have the opportunity to experience it!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Old Rectory B&B
Address: 157 Church Road, Kessingland NR33 7SQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Kessingland
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Kessingland
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Hotel Class:5 star — The Old Rectory B&B 5*
Number of rooms: 3
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