The Great House | Hotel in Suffolk | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Great House - Hotel in Suffolk

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Market Place, Lavenham, CO10 9QZ, Suffolk
England, United Kingdom

Régis & Martine Crépy

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+44 (0)1787 247431(landline)

A small pocket of France in a medieval Suffolk village with beautiful timber-framed bedrooms and some ambrosial food

The ingredients here are simple. Take a medieval wool town trapped in aspic, add a 15th-century merchant’s house that overlooks the square, then whisk up the best food in Suffolk and you have one of the loveliest restaurants with rooms in the land. It sits opposite the Guildhall, its Georgian façade giving way to original interiors, where timber frames and old beams mix beautifully with light colours and varnished wood floors. It is French to its core, with a cheese board to beat all others, and it’s all the work of Régis and Martine, who have been at helm for over 30 years. You eat in the airy dining room with an ancient fireplace in one corner, perhaps fois gras terrine with a port jelly, steamed skate with capers, honey parfait with apple and Calvados mousse. Bedrooms are just as good: timber frames, wonky floors, beautiful beds, a sofa is there’s room. You’ll find decanters of sherry, coffee machines, flat-screen TVs, robes in chic bathrooms. Four are huge, one has a regal four-poster, another a 14th-century fireplace in its bathroom. There’s a courtyard for breakfast in the sun, too.

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.

Local points of interest from Régis & Martine Crépy:

Local points of interest from
Régis & Martine Crépy:

  • Lavenham National Trust Guildhall on Market Place, a beautiful timber-framed building dating from 1530.
  • Lavenham Little Hall Museum on Market Place, first build in the 1390's.
  • Lavenham Church in the village, one of the most important church in England completed in 1530.
  • Long Melford National Trust Hall, 10 minutes away.
  • Kentwell Hall in Long Melford, 10 minutes away.
  • Lavenham village boasts more than 300, mostly Tudor, listed buildings. It is one of Britain's prettiest villages.
Points of interest

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  • 4 Doubles
  • , 1 Twin/double
Price:(i) £105 to£239 per night

Singles from £105. Dinner, B&B from £119 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available £15-£20 per person per night.

Special Offer: Leisure Break 1 day special Offer - From £257 for 1 night stay for 2 persons including dinner from the Set Menu, bed and continental buffet breakfasts,sharing a large King double room. Available Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.


Breakfast £12-£17. Lunch £25 (not Mon/Tue). Dinner £36.50 (not Sun/Mon). À la carte only Sat night.


January; 2 weeks in summer.


Market Place, Lavenham, CO10 9QZ, Suffolk

Hotel 4 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 105 to £ 239 per night
Hotel 1 Twin/double room
Price: (i) £ 129 to £ 239 per night

Régis & Martine Crépy

Visit website

+44 (0)1787 247431(landline)