Today I delight in

"setting up a new consultancy company with my lovely, talented niece, Chloe. Good luck to us!"

Today I despair of

"guests too mean to buy their host an aperitif when he is paying for their ENTIRE 2-night DB&B stays. Shame on them."

more delight + despair

WELCOME TO MY WORD (sic) … I am pretty sure that those who are not in the hotel business have little idea of what we do all day, or why we work such long hours. If you read my latest MUSING, it describes exactly what I did on Monday, 12 May 2014. Want my job?  

The Crown and Castle in Orford Suffolk

My husband David and I, together with long-term friend Tim Sunderland, own and run The Crown and Castle in Orford Suffolk. We have 21 bedrooms and a lively bistro, the Trinity, which serves decent, unpretentious food. Although we are officially classed as a hotel, we tend to think of ourselves more as a restaurant with rooms, our public space being very limited. Our desire is to offer thoughtful, unstuffy service and to provide a truly relaxing, unstressed atmosphere. We have had a really busy year (hurrah) and won some nice commendations:

Good Hotel Guide 2013 Cesar award winner
TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice winner 2013
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013 and 2014
Sunday Times 100 Ultimate Hotels 2013