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“Idyllic, cosy winter retreat in a beautiful part of the country”

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The Ship at Dunwich
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dunwich
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 November 2010

I honestly think some people completely miss the point about places like the Ship, especially when they complain about things not being perfect, floor boards creaking, table surfaces slightly wonky etc.

Following an incredible drive down on friday night through the thickest mist I've ever witnessed in the UK and a near miss with a local family of Deer near Dunwich we collapsed into the cosiest country-pub atmosphere you could imagine. A few people sat at tables, a roaring fire, friendly barman and local ales on tap. Nothing could have been more welcoming or relaxing. The fact that we hadn't even seen what the local countryside looked like couldn't have mattered less as on checking into our room at the rear of the building (facing their orchard garden) we would have been perfectly happy spending the entire weekend inside! Charming decor, cosy lighting, beautifully finished in a country style and the best smelling room I can remember! Bathroom was brilliant - heated tiles & towel rails, big bath & shower head and an ingenius heated panel within the bathroom mirror to prevent it steaming up after your shower! Attention to detail has obviously been important throughout the Ship.

On the Saturday we explored the local area by foot and came back to a packed bar and dining area. We didn't mind propping up the bar drinking French red and observing the locals, and when a table did become free the management were the first to grab it for us. Great food with an emphasis on local produce which was nice, especially the sausages at breakfast which were awesome!

Would gladly recommend the Ship to anyone looking to get away to the country for a cosy break where you can be left alone or quite happily strike up conversation with locals all night. Apparently there's some fantastic bird watching on the doorstep of the Ship, but we mist that.......

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Shipmanager, General Manager at The Ship at Dunwich, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2010

Exactly how we wish for every single one of our customers to leave The Ship feeling. Thank you so much for sharing such positive feedback

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Reviewed 7 November 2010

My partner and I went for a relaxing weekend. Overall, we were not impressed in the slightest. Hospitable to the minimum. The pub is nice, with a nice fireplace but overall the inn lacked atmosphere from an owner. It just served beer and food. No soul to the place . The room was very basic. No charcter. It costs circa 120 pounds a night for a room. |Massively overpriced for what it offers.The food was good. Hygene was good.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Shipmanager, General Manager at The Ship at Dunwich, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2010

Thank you for your constructive feedback which we always welcome as this helps us to improve our offering for our guests and for the positive elements of your review.
The Ship really is a nice pub and we aim to serve great pub food with well looked after beer and a simple yet good wine list. We are proud of The Ship and all it has to offer but we appreciate that every pub has its quiet times and it is a good reminder for myself and my team to make sure The Ship always feels welcoming and atmospheric even when it is quieter than usual. We have consistently good feedback about the atmosphere of The Ship and how friendly our team is and hope you can accept our apologies that your experience did not reflect this, and sincerely hope you choose to visit us another time to experience The Ship at its best.

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Reviewed 31 October 2010

The hotel is wonderfully situated in the atmospheric and historic coastal village of Dunwich. We stayed in one of the rooms recently created within the old stables. Our first impression was that we had a modern well equipped room, but on the small side. In fact it was so small that there was no room for any seating. We soon discovered that one of the glasses that had been provided for our use was half full of water, which led us to doubt the quality of the housekeeping system. Also the shaving mirror light did not work, and the toilet roll holder had a habit of falling off the wall with a resounding clang.

We had been told when booking that there was no need to reserve a table for our evening meal, because there were so many different rooms to eat in. When we came to the bar to eat in the evening we were advised that all the tables were full, unless we wanted to eat (on our own) in one of the breakfast rooms, which was disappointing.

After a short wait, a table became free in the conservatory, and we were shown in there. We were not told that we needed to order our food at the bar, and it took us 15 minutes to work it out for ourselves. We are vegetarians, and used to disappointing meals in restaurants. This meal was no exception, while not being in any way unpleasant.

We got a good nights sleep in the comfortable standard double bed. In the morning we noticed a lack of any information in our room, nothing about the hotel or the area or the fire procedures - nothing at all.

Each room is allocated a table or part of a table for breakfast, which we thought was a good idea. Less good was the choice of breakfast unless you went for the full english. There was no menu, so when we were told that we could have any combination of full english breakfast ingredients it was not obvious what those ingredients would be (mushrooms? fried bread? potatoes? hash browns?). We opted for eggs on toast, and one of the poached eggs arrived broken.

The mainly young staff were pleasant and helpful throughout our stay, but as we loaded the car we agreed that things could and perhaps should have been better. The last thing we heard as we got in to the car was the clang of a toilet roll holder landing on a bathroom floor in one of the adjoining rooms.

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  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2010

just returned from lovely relaxing stay.
location perfect for getting away from it all.great views over marshes.
everyone very friendly.breakfast superb (perfect poached eggs) nothing needed for rest of day.
nice to have such a good menu selection in the evening ,spoiled for choice,excellantly cooked and great quality.
brilliant for dogs and recomending to doggy friends .
nice to see pub not spoilt and still used by locals(lucky them)
ideal base for visiting the suffolk coast,will definately visit again.a great find.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Shipmanager, General Manager at The Ship at Dunwich, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2010

Really great to read such positive customer feedback we are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay us at The Ship.

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Reviewed 17 October 2010

Oh dear!! What can i say, We visted this Inn previously, see five star review, so we decided to take my parents.... but what a disappoinment. Mainly problems in the cleanliness and service. This hotel stay was £360.00 for us for three nights and £300.00 for my parents, plus food so in all this was not that cheap!
Our room was not serviced at all nor was my parents!!! Even to the point that one day i made my own bed and found it to be made with a single sheet, this solved the mystery of my husband sleepng on the bare mattress by the morning! Another day the duvet had just been pulled over rumpled unmade sheets. The Bathroom was untouched as was the dirty tea/coffee tray which was not replenished throughout (neither were the toiletries, loo roll etc.) The same applied for my elderly parents who returned in the afternoon for a rest and had to have the cleaners in while they were in their room. We went out after we asked for our room to be serviced and got soaked in a storm with no where to go!
Our room 'Greyfriars' is lovely and big and modern, as previously stated in the other review, and excellent for dogs, but gone was the comfy bean bag for Woofie, replaced by a lovely sofa (but why?) and a table and chair? So the space was slightly limited. This is a lovely Inn and this room especially, my parents room was smaller and less celubrios.

The Staff are lovely and do try their best, they were just severly under pressure. The food is also very good and lots of it.

Anyway, we got a free bottle of wine for our troubles and i would return, for the ease of doggy things and the lovely area but i would be more reticent to recommend it as the experience could be either brilliant or poor and as it is relatively expensive it could be disappointing!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Shipmanager, General Manager at The Ship at Dunwich, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2010

It honestly saddens me to read this feedback about your last stay and the unacceptable elements of housekeeping in particular, I can assure you that this has been addressed and rectified. We have changed our entire housekeeping system from contract cleaners to our own in-house team not long after your last stay, giving us far greater control and most importantly a far higher standard that is delivered consistently.
I sincerely hope you choose to visit us again so we can give you the experience you so enjoyed on your first visit, and I am sure we can arrange the bean bag for Woofie.

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Reviewed 27 September 2010

Typical pub, nothing special.
Clean double bedroom (classed as good) but very small.

Very basic eating area (restaurant), can't comment on the evening meal as we decided to eat in Southwold but good breakfast with smiley polite waitress..

Well overpriced at £110 for b&b...............

Stay away if you don't like dogs!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Shipmanager, Manager at The Ship at Dunwich, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2010

Thank you for the feedback. The Ship has many different eating areas from our cosy bar, nice bright conservatory and of course the large garden and sheltered courtyard. We are aware that our dining room can feel a little basic particularly when it is not full. We have plans to change the feel of this room in the coming weeks and focus on some relaxed seating around the lovely open fire to give us a warmer feel to the room particularly in the winter.

Thank you for commenting on our smiley waitress, we work hard to give our colleagues a pleasant and enjoyable environment to work in so that they are happy and relaxed and therefore enjoy looking after our customers.

Given the location of The Ship we do tend to attract lots of walkers, cyclists and of course dog owners and welcome all guests wishing to visit this beautiful part of the world.

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Reviewed 24 September 2010

I stayed here with my wife and young daughter last year and had a great time. The room we stayed in was spacious and had an adjoining bedroom which is perfect for families and much better than trying to sleep with a cot in one room. The food was typical pub fare and the service was quick, although the hotel was fairly quite when we were there. The bar served good local ales and the staff were very relaxed about organising baby monitors or delivering food and drinks to the room if you wanted it. The room had a DVD player and there was selection of DVD’s and children’s books which could be borrowed to entertain the kids and this worked well. The reason I remember our stay so vividly was that after we had checked out and headed down to the beach, the cleaner from the hotel came down to find us as he had found one of our daughters soft toys left in the cot. I felt that that was really above and beyond the call of duty.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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Shipmanager, Manager at The Ship at Dunwich, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2010

Many thanks to the guests that felt us worthy of a good review even after a year has passed since they stayed with us. A clear reminder for myself and the team that it’s often the little things that make the most difference. Pete (the housekeeper mentioned) was overjoyed to know that the customers in question still remember his actions after all this time!

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Address: St. James's Street, Dunwich IP17 3DT, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Dunwich
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dunwich
Price Range: £94 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Ship at Dunwich 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Once a haunt of smugglers, The Ship Inn isn't just a great place to eat, drink, relax and get away from it all – we like to think it's also part of a great story. Now a quiet, idyllic village surrounded by nature reserves, heathland and beach, only the romantic ruins of Dunwich monastery remain to hint at the fate of this once thriving medieval port claimed by the waves during a terrible storm. It's said you can still hear the peal of the church bells beneath the waves. While we can't guarantee that, there are certain, more earthly things we're always happy to provide… real ales, real food and a real fire. You will find: a great pub, home-cooked food in our restaurant, a cosy hotel with comfortable, traditionally furnished bedrooms, some with views across the sea or marshes. There is also an enormous garden dotted with fruit trees (including our 300 year old fig tree) and a beach that really is just a couple of minutes walk away. Whether you want to use it as a base to explore this wild and wonderful coastline, enjoy some of the best fish and chips on the Suffolk coast or simply indulge in a pint or two of Adnams, The Ship Inn at Dunwich extends the warmest of welcomes. ... more   less 
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