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“Great place to explore Suffolk”
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Welcome to the ORR a Grade 2 listed property with a modern design finish & spacious open plan li
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Welcome to the ORR a Grade 2 listed property with a modern design finish & spacious open plan li
Our 2nd Award from our past Guests , many thanks to you all , much appreciated !! Flat screen digital TV,DVD player,Stereo and BT Openzone wi-fi are joined by traditional games
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Welcome to the ORR a Grade 2 listed property with a modern design finish & spacious open plan li
Our 2nd Award from our past Guests , many thanks to you all , much appreciated !!
Flat screen digital TV,DVD player,Stereo and BT Openzone wi-fi are joined by traditional games
Your opening view of the LARGE open plan living area which means no-one gets trapped in the kitchen.
Ground floor Family roll-top Bathroom, great for a soak with a glass of wine or the local brew!
Bring a toasting fork and make the most of this original fireplace.
Original Victorian open fireplace with a bag of fuel to get you started, bring some marshmallows !
Our growing library that means that the ORR lives up to its name , help yourself during your stay.
Simple BUT well equipped kitchen featuring butler sink & NEFF appliances, most importantly dishw
Up the wide and manageable stairs to the bedrooms , stairgates & doors at the top keep everyone
The Master Double bedroom complete with Bedknobs and Broomsticks iron bedstead and solid wood floors
The Middle twin bedroom with a small double and single bed, period iron beds with modern mattresses
The last bedroom,small double and tall single period beds , with plenty of furniture and space too!
All bedrooms feature original feature timber beams and period pine furniture with modern heating!
The marriage of old and new means the ORR is quaint but with ALL modern comforts - light and WARM.
Its the personal touches that mean we hope you enjoy your stay !
Xmas at the ORR always includes a real Xmas tree with all the trimmings, we are always full at Xmas!
A warm welcome awaits you behind this unique front entranceway behind your own secure period door.
Southwold's unique Pier, quintessentially British, vintage games, attractions and great Fish n
Suffolk has more Windmills per square mile than Holland , some are well kept , others are derelict.
Suffolk has some wild,unspoilt natural beaches where you can find peace, solitude and some odd stuff
NEW cream-tea island at nearby Southwold Boating Lake and Cafe , great place for tea & twitchers
The Norfolk Broads is 20 minutes away from the ORR & Day Boats or river trips are another great
Southwold the nearest Town to ORR , great for a bit of Star spotting or do the Adnams Brewery Tour
Come and join us and stay for the WORLD Crabbing Championships at nearby Walberswick.
Suffolk is home to the world renowned Adnams and Aspalls breweries , both within minutes of the ORR
Come and spend your holiday in one of England's special LISTED buildings.
Thanks to our guests for awarding us a coveted Trip Advisor 5-Star award last season.
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Converted chapel -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Wrentham, Suffolk, East Anglia, England

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Vicky S
Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
“Great place to explore Suffolk”
Reviewed 25 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014

We had a really nice break here. Liked the area and the cottage was really great. We loved the big room downstairs with big comfy sofas and the fireplace. It was very well equipped, everything we needed was there.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
5 May 2014
Thanks for the great review and we are so pleased the ORR's unique open-plan living room layout suited your group so well, glad you enjoyed the Sunshine Coast and we know both the ORR and the surrounding area would love to see you return, Cheers !
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seren2204
Essex
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Lovely”
Reviewed 19 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014

We've just got back from a 3 night stay at The ORR. Was a great situation with easy access to everywhere.

The house was well kitted out particularly the kitchen with everything you could want, it's open plan which is great for a group of people as no on was stuck in the kitchen.The bedrooms were all a really good size and done up lovely.

We had lovely weather for our stay but gutted that we didn't get to use the lovely open fire as it was so nice!!

Was a nice personal touch to be met by the owner and not just a keybox!

We'll be back soon!

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
20 Mar 2014
Thank you so much for your kind review , its greatly appreciated. We would love to see you back at the ORR , please get in touch before booking to see if we can ensure you get the best possible deal as a return guest !
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Rebecca W
Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
“Stunning property, perfect for a family get together”
Reviewed 5 January 2014 for a stay in December 2013

This property is perfectly situated to enable guests to explore the gorgeous coastal towns that Suffolk has to offer. The property is maintained to a very high standard, is beautifully presented and well located for a family break. The accommodation is a great size, downstairs open plan ensures that no one gets stuck in the kitchen! The open fire makes this space a pleasure to be in. We had a fantastic stay!

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Liked best: Gorgeous decor
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
14 Jan 2014
Thanks for your review , makes it all worth the effort ! So glad you enjoyed the ORR and got the most of its uniqueness during your stay.
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PellegRJ
Benfleet, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Long weekend away.”
Reviewed 2 December 2013 for a stay in November 2013

Great relaxing break. Accommodation lovely and warm. Everything worked faultlessly and the accommodation was extremely comfortable.

Hayley met us when we arrived and made us feel very welcome and this meeting set the tone for our break and we were able to treat the ORR as a home from home.

I can highly recommend the Chinese takeaway opposite, great food and great value.

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Liked best: Relaxed and comfortable
Liked least: The realisation that I had to leave and go back to work.
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
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Management Response
9 Dec 2013
Cheers for the review , much appreciated , good to see you return for a repeat visit after a number of years, hopefully the next one will be a little sooner ;)Have a Great Xmas and Prosperous 2014
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Marvin M
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Excellent place to stay”
Reviewed 2 December 2013 for a stay in November 2013

I stayed for the weekend with friends and we all really liked The Old Reading Rooms. The owners were very friendly and accomodating and let us check-out late in the evening on the Sunday.

The living space is really big, even for a large group (6 adults, 1 eighteen month baby & 2 cats) and is very family friendly. We even managed to do a class of pilates in the living room. The attention to detail is very good, games are available to play, loads of books to read, lovely handwash & handcream (who doesnt like soft hands) and logs for the fireplace were also left for us free of charge.

The location is perfect for your seaside visit so I would definitely be recommending this to everyone.

Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
3 Dec 2013
Thanks for the positive review and warm comments , the pilates usage is a 1st for us so we will bear it in mind for future promotions ;) Feel free to recommend to your friends , personal recommendations are our highest valued source of guests. We are glad you had a good break and hope you return to the ORR sometime soon.
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Lynn H
London
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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“Lovely Family Holiday”
Reviewed 9 November 2013 for a stay in October 2013

I stayed here with my daughter, son in law and two grandchildren aged 3 and 6. This property is ideal for families with young children. It is spacious well appointed and cosy. The bedrooms were really comfortable and the kitchen was well equipped. The children were quick to find the games and the toy box whilst I was happy to curl up on one of the sofas with a good book. The property is well placed for sightseeing and we particularly liked Southwold itself. We all had a great time and would love to stay here again.

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Liked best: Large living room and location
Liked least: Poor mobile phone reception
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
People with pets
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Management Response
9 Nov 2013
Many thanks for your kind review and we would be very happy to welcome you and your family back anytime. Hopefully see you again soon.
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Catherine...
Southampton
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Holiday ruined by misleading description”
Reviewed 11 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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Having made a thorough search of the Internet for a toddler and dog friendly holiday cottage, the old reading rooms appeared to tick all the boxes. However, upon arrival at the building, it immediately became apparent that it was definitely neither safe for dogs or toddlers. The entrance opens onto a busy main road, there is no adjoining garden, so dogs could not be let out without us having to get fully dressed and walk them by a road that was even busy at 5am. In terms of being toddler friendly, all the plug sockets were exposed, some did not even switch off, 2 of the windows couldn't be closed properly, so 2 of the 3 bedrooms were very cold, there were trailing cables across the floor from lamps, no child catches on cupboards with the cleaning cupboard located on floor level containing detergents and dishwasher tablets, there were big mirrors just leant against walls.
We only stayed a night and then returned home. We contacted the agents, welcome cottages, as we wanted future holiday makers to be aware that this property was not safe for toddlers or suitable for dogs, but they would take no responsibility. They did offer us a £50 goodwill gesture but refused to reassess property details. Please see other reviews on cottages 4 u website.
It's not in our nature to write negative reviews but these problems need highlighting.

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Liked best: Clean and nicely made cot bed
Liked least: Busy road, lack of adjoined garden, shared entrance with shop
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
3 Nov 2013
Interestingly our departing guests this week, a young family of 3 adults and 2 children pointed out this review to us and advised us to put the record straight as they had an excellent holiday and could not see where the reviewer had justification for complaint.How unfortunate that such a meticulous and extensive reviewer, despite contacting us prior to her visit to change arrival time and day on 3 occasions, declined to contact us about any of her issues during her stay when we could have examined them and indeed in most cases resolved them in full without problem.
We are undoubtedly both child and dog/pet friendly as many good references can attest,please see our other trip adviser comments and indeed our own direct web site www.oldreadingrooms.co.uk. Suffice to say,in over 7 years of operation we have welcomed hundreds of both types of guests, 1 greyhound owner (another trip adviser reviewer!)over 7 times who seem quite able to keep their very energetic pet walked daily for many miles down the country lanes that start just opposite the ORR and if this reviewer had contacted us we could have pointed out the maps showing these clearly marked. Unfortunately given the reviewers proposed criticism that they would have preferred to let their dogs out into the garden untended,to use for a toilet we presume,in an area we offer for BBQ (and children)then we are quite relieved they were unable to do this and certainly appreciate our other guests not doing likewise, although 1 recent guest indeed managed to keep 2 very lively gun-dogs quite securely here it must be said and others have in the past.
It is interesting that once we discussed our property with the agent that this visitor booked via they confirmed that we met FULLY , their criteria for child friendly status specifically we offer high chairs,travel cot ,stair gates and doors(top and bottom)and substantial fire guards.This is probably why they did not agree to this reviewers demands for a refund under such terms nor did they propose to change their description of the property as being child friendly.
Furthermore regarding the complaint that power sockets were not 'blocked off',unfortunately we also cater for elderly guests who would be inconvenienced by such arrangements,however if the reviewer had elected to contact us we could have advised them that there are some plug blockers available for their own usage should they be needed which would have solved this 'issue'immediately.Frankly we have never been asked to install them by other guests who tend to appreciate the fact that the open plan living space enables them to effectively parent their children as they are always in sight. The similar concern that there are cleaning materials in 1 cupboard,well to be honest,aside from the fact the child would have been clearly visible playing in this cupboard,we have plenty of high level cupboards the 3-4 items could have been moved to out of reach, this is how we would have handled such an issue given the opportunity or indeed during our own travels with our own children. Likewise the cables/lamps,previous guests have just moved them away if required, they are neither excessively heavy or in such number this would take more than 2 minutes and again our older guests like the extra reading light.
Regarding the busy road and entrance,there are 2 external doors to pass through,the cottage door and into a porch area,both have locks and bolts out of child's reach.These lead out to a village conservation area and the pavement outside is over 10feet wide.There is a pedestrian crossing across the single carriageway road within 10 metres of the front door with no parking allowed, how this could be made much safer to cross we struggle to think and we would assume the parent would accompany the child/toddler while doing so, we assume the reviewer did not plan to let her child wander out untended anyway.
Regarding the comment about windows failing to close and the bedrooms being cold,the windows in question close fine but its an old listed building as are they. However the heating is modern and if turned on will heat the property swiftly and substantially and indeed many guests have praised the heating in the depths of winter let alone a mild Autumn when the reviewer visited,perhaps they did not turn the heating on, again if we had been asked about this its quite simple to operate and most of our guests seem to manage fine.
Once again , we are disappointed that the reviewer failed to contact us about any of these issues prior to departure, and indeed tried to insist that the booking agent in question did not contact us about these issues either despite trying to claim a discount for their stay, we remain very confident that our property is a great location to bring children and pets and our many repeat guests in these categories would seem to substantiate this belief. However it is also true that you can't please everybody all the time and hopefully the reviewer will contact her hosts next time prior to just leaving bad reviews without trying to address issues directly so that she could enjoy her stay.
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