The Swan at Lavenham

  • Bar
  • Hot Tub
  • Restaurant
  • Spa & Treatments
  • Wifi
  • Walking
This Lavenham institution is a very comfortable and surprisingly up-to-date place to stay,

At the centre of this old Suffolk wool town, The Swan is a Lavenham institution, but it has done a pretty good job of reinventing itself over the years, blending the unique character of its ancient timbered building with a contemporary look in the rooms, up-to-date yet comfy public areas and a fairly recently added spa, whose sparkling and ultra-soothing facilities offer the chance to time-travel forward several centuries as you leave the creaky corridors of the main hotel.

The Swan has 45 rooms, ranging from the bottom-end Signet rooms to the Constable and Gainsborough suites. Not surprisingly they come in all shapes and sizes but most blend a modern sensibility with the heritage of the building pretty well, with contemporary headboards and splashes of colour that fit surprisingly well with the ancient beams and creaky floors. Almost all of the rooms have baths (with showers), and all have Freeview televisions, tea-and coffee-making facilities, complimentary water and biscuits, decent Wi-Fi and Temple Spa toiletries; all except the bottom two categories have super-king-size beds and a couple of the Gainsboroughs have four-posters if you want to properly get into the character of the building. Seven rooms are dog friendly, and pooches get a bowl and a treat on arrival.

The hotel also has a small courtyard garden and a comfy lounge that wraps around most of the ground floor, plus a bar known as the 'Airmen’s Bar' for the US airmen who used to drink here during the war – some of whom, judging from the graffiti, have since returned for a visit. The Gallery restaurant is an atmospheric place to eat and serves an unashamedly fine-dining-style menu, with three choices of five possible courses and the odd amuse-bouche thrown in. If the rarified atmosphere and prices are not to your taste, the Brasserie restaurant is more informal and serves more workaday food.

As for the location, Lavenham is one of Suffolk’s prime tourist destinations, and is also an excellent base for this getting out into the historic corners of the county – to nearby Kersey, Hadleigh and Long Melford, and the abbey ruins and relative metropolitanism of Bury St Edmunds.

Price

Double rooms start at £180 a night for a double room with breakfast, so it’s not a cheap option, but you do get to use the facilities in the spa, which include a sauna, steam room and outdoor vitality pool. Dogs are £12 per dog per night extra, maximum two per room.

Opening Times

Open all year. 

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Location

The Swan at Lavenham, High Street, Lavenham, Suffolk CO10 9QA

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