The Great House

Lavenham, Suffolk
+44 (0)1787 247431

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


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome

The Experience

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. A Suffolk institution for 30 years, it is French to its core, with a cheese board to beat all others. You eat in the airy dining room with an ancient fireplace in one corner, perhaps crab and prawn ravioli with lobster bisque foam followed by guinea fowl roulade with black tiger prawn mousse, then grapefruit and champagne Baba with marjoram cream. 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.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.
January; 2 weeks in October.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Breakfast £12-£17. Lunch £25 (not Mon/Tue). Dinner £36.50 (not Sun/Mon). À la carte only Sat night.


Nightly price
from £105
Singles from £105. Dinner, B&B from £119 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available £15-£20 per person per night.
4 Doubles
From £105
1 Twin/double
From £129



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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from

  • 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.