The Great House – Lavenham, Suffolk

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In the market place of one of England’s finest medieval villages, with a striking perpendicular ‘Wool Church’ and a high street of irresistible antique shops, the 14th- and 15th-century Great House was modernised in the 18th century and, today, the exterior appears more Georgian than Tudor. In the 1930s the poet Stephen Spender lived here and, in 1985, Régis and Martine Crépy turned it into a boutique restaurant with rooms. The predominantly French food draws diners from far and wide and won the 2017 AA Inspectors’ Choice Gold Award among other accolades. The restaurant is only one of two in Suffolk to boast three AA Rosettes. In the five stylish, light bedrooms you’ll find large beds – including one majestic Jacobean four-poster – and plenty of spoiling extras and period charm. There’s even part of a 14th-century chimney in one room. Back downstairs, French windows open on to a delightful stone-paved courtyard for summer dining. Doubles from £160.


Name to know: General manager Thierry, who has been with the property for 15 years. He will give you a warm welcome and answer any questions you may have.

See: Discover Lavenham’s listed buildings – the village has no less than 340.

Eat: The ever-popular local king scallops starter at the hotel restaurant.

Buy: A wine tasting evening at the hotel.

Want to find out more? Visit the hotel's website.

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