We decided to have a few days back in the UK and decided to head to Woodbridge using it as a base to explore the Suffolk area.
The Quay House in my opinion is a perfect place to stay. Ideally located walking distance from the train station which has regular trains to London that change at Ipswich. It has ample parking across the road at the train station car park.
We stayed in the Riverside room and paid £75 per a night which we considered to be very reasonable in view of its size and arrangement. It was very nicely decorated, with a small fridge, tea, coffee ( instant and ground ) biscuits (freshly made), fresh milk (not the long life stuff), lots of storage, a wonderfully comfortable sofa and a truly amazing bed. In addition it had TV, DVD, books, guides, dressing gowns, a selection of soaps, shampoo, writing material etc and pretty much everything else you would need. The room was very light with three large old fashioned bay windows
More importantly we were made to feel very welcome. The owners Howard and Linda Swift were genuinely nice people, chatty, friendly but not intrusive. The property is clearly their home first and a business second. Thats not a negative it makes it incredibly welcoming.
Besides the room the rest of the house is very stylishly decorated. It is mentioned on their website that the owners are art collectors and it shows as you walk up the stairs. Visually it is very appealing, very much the owners choices and I could have spent ages just walking up and down the stairs.
Breakfast also was very enjoyable. We choice the full English Breakfast each morning. You also had a selection of 4 home made jams and marmalade with fresh bread. Service was punctual, friendly but discreet.
Also Harvey the Cocker Spaniel was lovely. Anyone who doesn't like animals should not be put off. He was the most relaxed and well behaved animal I have seen in a long time. When you arrive back at the house, he comes out, looks at you, walks around a little and then walks off.
Woodbridge itself has everything you need for a few days away. The Quay House is located next to a really good traditional pub. The sound proofing must be very good as it was busy and we heard nothing. The food served at the pub is very good quality with a good selection of real ales.
About 50metres up a short incline you will find a selection of other restaurants, including a nice looking Indian, Chinese, Italian. About another 75metres a couple more traditional English pubs. We ate at The Angel the first night and the food was better than you usually find in a pub.
So all round a very positive and enjoyable visit. The Quay House is highly recommended.
On last comment in regards to parking. The car park is pay and display but don't let that put you off. It is very cheap and hours run from 8am till 5pm. The time we were there we spent £2.50 on parking which really is nothing these days.
Oh yeah and across the road there is a small local cinema that shows two films a day. Its really nice to leave a great B+B, walk to a really nice pub, have a couple of drinks, then stroll a minute across the road, see a film, walk out, walk to look at the boats in the moonlight before returning to a really comfortable bed.
Great place one of my favorites.
- Also Known As:
- The Quay House Woodbridge Suffolk