Long Melford – home to TV’s Lovejoy – is as achingly pretty as a Suffolk village can be, and the Swan is in the middle of it. Enter the airy bar, with blond oak beams and pale blue palette, an open fire, background music, original art, the odd dozing dog. In the restaurant: cool tartan carpeting and bold feature walls, shining glasses and upholstered chairs. As for the food, it’s modern, Suffolk-local and executed with flair, from the Eggs Royale with house smoked salmon at breakfast to the canapés for gourmets (the mackerel tartare & yuzu dressed crab is fabulous) to Skate au Torchon, creamed white bean & bacon, capers, preserved lemon and garden herbs. Parents can relax in the terraced, parasol’d garden; drinkers can choose whatever they fancy: a peach bellini, an espresso Martini, a Sancerre rosé, a pint of Green King IPA. Stay the night? Yes please. Next door is Melford House with luxy bedrooms, each better than the last. Say wow to sumptuous headboards, gilt framed mirrors, subtle colours, atmospheric lighting and bathrooms with Noble Isle toiletries. You could hardly be more spoiled!