Lavenham is a delightful, picturesque and truly unique village and civil parish in Suffolk, and also one of the best preserved medieval villages in the UK. Born over 750 years ago, Lavenham is noted for its 15th century church, circular walk and some 320 listed timber framed buildings, many of which are protected by English Heritage.
For a guide to the history of Lavenham, plus details on areas of interest such as Lavenham Priory and Lavenham's two fascinating museums, please see our article Guide to Lavenham.
If you are a fan the boutique style hotel, The Great House Hotel in Lavenham will not disappoint. This authentic English Boutique Hotel comes with five luxury bedrooms, each with ensuites and four with seating or a separate lounge. The rooms maintain the charm and history of the whole house, yet are modern and sophisticated. The oversized beds, including a Jacobean four-poster (pictured above), are dressed in fine Egyptian linen and have plush continental pillows, providing visitors with the height of comfort. Each room comes with many wonderful facilities, including a mini-bar, espresso machines, plasma screen television, and free wifi, plus all guests are warmly welcomed with complimentary fruit and a decanter of sherry. The Great House has a superb restaurant with an a la carte menu featuring delicious deserts. French doors are opened during the summer months to face a lovely stone-paved courtyard for drinks, lunch or dinner. If you fancy spoiling yourself and a loved one, click on the link above for more information.
The Swan at Lavenham was built in about 1400 and comprises three houses dating from the same era. The oldest part dates back to the late 14th Century. Today, visitors will be delighted to find it as a quintessential English country hotel featuring ancient oak beams, inglenook fireplaces rich furnishings and sumptuous fabrics, plus and AA Rosette-awarded restaurant with a cosy atmosphere, serving the very best of modern English cuisine. The historic Old Bar boasts a wonderful collection of memorabilia, including a wall signed by British and American airmen stationed at Lavenham Airfield during World War II. The Swan is a wonderful place in which to celebrate a variety of special occasions, including romantic weddings, christenings and family get-togethers. It is also a unique venue for seminars, meetings and conferences, where 15th century inspiration combines with 21st Century innovation. Please click on the link above for more details and booking information.
Not directly in Lavenham but in the lovely village of Bildeston nearby is The Bildeston Crown. The hotel is an original Grade 2 Listed, 15th century coaching inn which was creatively and lovingly renovated and refurbished in 2003, without losing any of the character of its past 600 years. There are twelve en suite rooms which have all been decorated in a unique fashion to the highest standards.
The most luxurious room is the Black Fuscia Room (pictured above) with dramatic black decor, accentuated by hot fuchsia, and is not for the faint hearted! All rooms have facilities that include wall-mounted, flat widescreen televisions, broadband internet access, white bathrobes, quality toiletries, room service and a Night Porter. The Bildeston Crown has a fantastic restaurant with red décor, original beams and an eclectic mix of classical and modern artwork that perfectly complement the many delicious and varied menus. So if you fancy an out-of-the-ordinary break away, click on the link above.
One fantastic accommodation option for you to consider is the historic Lavenham Priory. This Grade 1 listed house is half-timbered and dates from the 13th Century. It stands within 3 acres of beautiful grounds in the centre of Lavenham, and is a wonderfully unique Bed & Breakfast that allows you to experience true luxury at pleasantly low prices (single occupancy starts at just £79.00 - please click on the link for further information).
Amongst the Priory's many delights you will find exposed beams, Elizabethan wall paintings, oak floors, bespoke four-poster beds, and an inglenook fireplace, alongside all other facilities expected from a modern B&B. The Priory has won three important national prizes: the 'AA's Guest Accommodation of the Year award' and two awards from the 'Which Hotel's Guide'. It is also described as one of the "Very best places to stay in Great Britain & Ireland" in the Hardens Hotel Guide.
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Finally, when wandering around this great village, be sure to visit The Guildhall, Lavenham. This stunning early 16th Century Tudor building is operated by the National Trust, and contains a local history museum.
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