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Aldeburgh

Our verdict:

On the Suffolk Heritage Coast, Aldeburgh is one of Britain's prettiest seaside towns. The Wentworth Hotel gazes across the shingle beach with an air of solid reassurance. Brightly furnished with antiques, log fires and Russell Flint prints, special touches include binoculars in its sea-facing rooms and a bar menu that occasionally lapses into Swahili.

Recommended place to stay: The Wentworth Hotel

Seafront locationLight, airy and spacious roomsUnspoiled coastlineThe lounge area

The Wentworth Hotel says

Ours is a hotel with history. It’s been owned and personally managed by the Pritt family for the last 90 years, with Michael, the third generation, currently at the helm.

The impressive building, which faces the beach and the ocean, sits at the end of Aldeburgh, within strolling distance of the shops, cafes and restaurants.

Many of our 35 en-suite rooms, which range from single to large superior, some with their own sitting rooms, have grand sea views, and each is individually styled. Seven of the rooms are found in Darfield House, just across the road, which has its own attractive courtyard garden where afternoon tea is served in the summer months.

There are two cosy lounges with deep, comfy sofas and log fires blazing in the winter, while the conservatory and sea-facing terraces are especially seductive when the sun shines.

The bar, with its open fire and french windows leading onto a sea-facing terrace is welcoming whatever the weather. Guests can enjoy an informal bar lunch while the restaurant, with its two AA rosettes and seaviews, is the big draw in the evenings. It serves a fixed-price menu as well as a speciality seafood menu, with most of the catch landed by local fishermen.

And don’t worry about parking your car, usually a headache in Aldeburgh – guests can use our free carpark.

Find out more about The Wentworth.

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