01 The Great House in Lavenham

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The Great House – Lavenham, Suffolk

East Anglia

In the marketplace of England’s finest medieval wool town, with its striking Perpendicular ‘wool church’ and high street of irresistible antique shops, stands the 14th-century Great House, which was modernised in the 18th century, accounting for its Georgian facade. In 1985 this was turned into a boutique restaurant with rooms and the predominantly French food drew diners from far and wide. Chef patron Guillaume Dericq took over the helm in 2018 and the restaurant has retained its French flavour, along with two AA Rosettes and its acclaimed breakfast. The five stylish bedrooms have names like Montmartre and Versailles and 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 onto a delightful, stone-paved courtyard for summer dining.


Explore this medieval village taking in the famous crooked houses, Guildhall and beautiful church.


Where better than their very own award-winning French Restaurant?


Take home a taste of your holiday by picking up local Lavenham honey and homemade chutneys and jam from The Great House.

Nota Bene

In 1938 the house was bought by renowned photographer and artist Humphrey Spender, whose brother, the equally renowned poet, Stephen Spender, also stayed there, making it a magnet for artists and poets of the time.