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Reviewed 12 May 2013

We were pleasantly surprised by this hotel, which is more of a large guest house with a bar and an agreement with the local leisure centre for use of their facilities. The welcome was good, the room was spacious, the beds extremely comfortable. there was enough wardrobe/drawer space for our weekend visit and spare pillows/duvet. Also an ironing board and hair dryer. The television was good with freeview channels, but we only turned it on for the news so I didn't explore further. Tea, coffee, decaff coffee, sugar and milk were provided in sachets. There were plenty of plug poiints, so recharging a mobile phone or plugging in a laptop presented no problems. The hotel provides a password for wifi.

We were lucky enough to have a reasonably spacious ground floor room at the back, which overlooked a patio and past the fence a huge next-door neighbour's garden which was more of a manicured field. We weren't overlooked. A door led out of our room onto to the quiet patio. It had some tables and chairs which was handy for my smoker husband. Best of all, it led round to a sunkissed garden. The garden is close to a BMX park, but there was minimal noise from it and certainly not at night.

Our en suite bathroom was very warm and not cramped, though the toilet was right by the door which opened inwards - the designer must have had a hangover that day. the shower head was up high and i had to get my husband to reach up to get it down so that i could rinse bits of me, it was adequate but ran off the taps and not that powerful.

Breakfast was 7.30 to 9am weekdays and Saturdays, to 9.30 Sundays. There was a very good selection of cereals and condiments, including jams, marmite and chocolate spread for toast. On Saturday and Sunday there was also a fruit salad. Coffee came from a percolator machine and there were sachets for tea and decaff coffee. I asked for soya milk, which was not available, but I had given no advance warning so if you drink this please do so as I'm sure they would have done so otherwise. The cooked English breakfast was plentiful and good. The egg yolks were a deep yellow, which is a nice change from the pale offerings of most b&bs. Sausages, bacon, baked beans, tomato, mushrooms and hash browns were also on the plate. Then there was toast. On the weekend we stayed, the bar was very busy on Saturday from the afternoon through till we got home at midnight. Whether it went on after that I cannot say, we heard nothing.

One thing I should mention is the owner's dog. When you first arrive, it comes running up barking. This only happened when we first arrived and is in the nature of warning the owner of an arrival rather than anything else. It got a good sniff of us and that was it. A nice friendly little dog but with a habit of trying to sneak into the breakfast room - due, the owner told us, to guest's children plying him with sausages and other titbits in the past. We frequently had to tell it "Out!". I found it quite amusing, but tell the owner if you don't like dogs and I'm sure she'll keep it out of your way.

the hotel is manned most of the time, but if you arrive back late at night (usually after 11), you'll be issued with a pass number to key into the front door. You need to turn the latch on the device at the same time as turning the door handle below.

Location-wise, the hotel is a short walk from the train or bus station, across a roundabout and up an incline on the righthand side. the pavement on the righthand side of the hill peters out after a short walk, so keep to the leftside pavement and cross opposite the hotel. The uphill walk is very short (2-5 minutes on average) and not steep. The roundabout at the bottom of the hill also leads straight into town.

The town - Sudbury is a little hilly, It's not too bad but anyone who has difficulty walking needs to be aware of this. The tourist information is inside the corn exchange (now the library) the big white building facing the church. The church isn't remarkable and was empty inside when we visited.

Sudbury itself is a sleepy little town with some historic buildings and surrounded by water meadows. There are a few chainstore shops (eg New Look, Holland & Barrett), several nice-looking individual shops and quite a few charity shops. Opposite the church and corn exchange is a historic pub which is reputed to do good steaks, there's a Wetherspoons pub in North Street with a paved enclosed outside patio, but we found the Bay Horse in Melford Road whose garden overlooks the water meadows and does some excellent nachos (and b&b).

Attractions - We arrived on a sunny Friday before the first bank holiday, walked down to the theatre and granary to find it closed, however the theatre was open evenings and the granary tearoom was open on sunday and bank holiday monday when we walked down there. we could not do the long lunchtime journey as it was fully booked. health and safety regulations mean that seating on the boats is restricted, so book well in advance. we did the shorter trip to the lock which was peaceful and worth the trip.

Most visitors to Sudbury will discover the Mill Hotel in Walnut Tree Lane, at the other end of town to Hill Lodge. Its setting is wonderful, overlooking the mill pond and water meadows and is a good place to relax, have a drink or eat.

Sudbury is surrounded by water meadows and you can walk right round the outskirts of town thanks to a defunct railway line. Cattle are allowed to graze on the water meadows and we saw quite a few. Sudbury is the birthplace of Gainsborough and you can visit his house during opening times.

Food - We were only there for a bank holiday weekend, but we found an excellent restaurant for our first night. The Secret Garden was superb and thoroughly recommended. Booking probably essential, it's popular and was fully booked on Saturday. We also ate at The Mill Hotel (okay rather than outstanding) and Thompsons (ditto).

Public transport - buses non-existent on Sundays and Bank Holidays, trains run every day, end station on the Gainsborough Line. We spent a bank holiday afternoon in Bures, also on that line. A quiet village with a couple of pubs, the river and a church, not much else.

Lavenham and Long Melford - you can get to both these places by bus from Sudbury. Lavenham is a must-see, especially the Guildhall, and I think the pub adjacent to it has just been taken over by Marco Pierre White. Do the town walk, starts at tourist information. We had a fantastic meal in one of the pubs in the High Street. Find an excuse to nose around Swan hotel if you can. The high street is full of interesting shops and wonderful tea shops. Long Melford would be an ideal place to go on a pub crawl. again plenty of individual shops to nose around.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the back of the hotel
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Epicurious01
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

We stayed for 1 nt and were initially very dubious because of the low rate of £55 incl breakfast. Upon arrival our 1st impression backed up our fears due to the tired reception and smell of cabbage?! However the room was clean, very comfortable and bigger than I expected for a small double. I slept soundly which is very unusual for me away from home. The breakfast was nice (obviously the sausages have been changed since the other comments were made). The staff were lovely. When we left I felt like I was saying goodbye to an aunt, we were waved off. I would absolutely stay here again. Swanky it is not but clean, friendly and excellent value it is.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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1  Thank Rachelsview
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Reviewed 26 December 2012

We stayed here for one night in November as we was going to the wrestling just around the corner very nice location and a couple of minutes walk from the town. Very welcoming as soon as we arrived the rooms were very clean and the bed's were comfortable. The full English breakfast was lovely and looking forward to going back again for the next wrestling event. The staff all seemed very friendly and if you need anything they would do it for you.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank DarrylB1979
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Reviewed 19 November 2012

Stayed here one night to watch Wrestling at the Delphi. Excellent location . Very friendly welcome and room very clean. Breakfast very relaxed nice full English and nothing too much trouble. Already booked for February . Thank you

Room Tip: Go here for a pleasant relaxing stay
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Angeldee
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Reviewed 23 October 2012

We stayed at Hill Lodge Hotel recently and from booking the accomodation until the day we sadly had to leave we were impressed with the friendly and welcoming service.
The room was comfortable and the breakfast delicious.
We would not hesitate to return.

Mr & Mrs J C
Kent.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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