The Great House

Lavenham, Suffolk

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


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


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.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


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

& pricing

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 information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.
January; 2 weeks in summer.
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.