Posted 23rd Feb 2016
Panoramic beach views, comfy modern rooms and a restaurant worth writing home about – the Brudenell Hotel in Suffolk has it all
Overlooking the breathtaking Suffolk Heritage Coast at Aldeburgh, the Brudenell Hotel is a hidden gem found just a stone's throw from the end of the High Street. Offering sublime sea views to be admired almost anywhere in the hotel, the Brudenell is the perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy the sound of the North Sea lapping at the shore.
Elegantly decorated in breezy blues and hues of the seaside, nautical touches bring this four-star hotel to life, with 44 bedrooms to stay in just steps away from the shingle beach and panoramic sea views outside.
Originally built by Newson Garrett in the early 1800s, the name Brudenell commemorates a marriage between the families of Bruce Brudenell and Vernon Wentworth, who were Lords of the Manor of Aldeburgh at the time, operating as a private house up until Mr Sam King purchased the building and converted it into a hotel in 1867. The Brudenell has since passed many hands, undergoing a series of extensions and refurbishments along the way to become the vibrant hotel guests enjoy today.
Bedrooms range from single and twin to double and suites, with superior, deluxe and sea view rooms offering an extra special stay with unrivalled views across the beach. The rooms each boast big comfy beds, en suite bathrooms and complimentary WiFi as standard, while deluxe rooms offer large bay windows, a personal sitting area, king-size beds topped with duck feather pillows, and fluffy robes to snuggle up in.
Downstairs guests will find a lounge looking out to sea perfect for relaxing with a good book in, while a meal in the Seafood and Grill restaurant just across the hall provides a relaxing setting to enjoy a sumptuous bite to eat, with the option to dine alfresco on the stunning terrace in warmer weather. Soaking up the picturesque beach-side setting, tuck into the likes of Suffolk rock oyster, King's Lynn potted shrimps, or Penny Bun Bakehouse bread basket to start, while mains tempt with south coast king scallops with hazelnut butter, pork cheek crumble, and port and beetroot risotto. If you've got a sweet tooth then don't miss the delicious array of treats on offer for dessert, from classic sticky toffee pudding, to croissant bread and butter pudding, dark chocolate tart, or white chocolate panna cotta.
If you're not too full up after a peaceful night's sleep then don't miss breakfast in the morning, where pastries, local yoghurts, fruits and cereals are all on offer alongside cooked options including Pinney's smoked kipper, a Suffolk full English with local sausage and bacon, or scrumptious Brudenell vegetarian breakfast.
Feeling full, walk off breakfast with a stroll along the beach or mosey around the pretty seaside town bursting with unique shops, delis, cafés and its own quaint cinema. Nearby Snape Maltings is also well worth a visit, home to a concert hall, galleries, studios and shops, while miles of heritage coastline provide ample beach combing opportunities.
Whatever brings you to the Brudenell Hotel you are sure to have a wonderful stay in this magnificent retreat by the sea, where the soothing sound of rolling waves helps to wash every trouble away.
To find out more and to book a stay visit www.brudenellhotel.co.uk.
By Natalie Crofts