Lavishly raftered inn set in a showpiece Tudor town
Among the oak beams and rafters of The Swan at Lavenham – a Tudor gem set in a medieval Suffolk town – you'll find luxurious bedrooms and a state-of-the-art Spa.
- A taste of English history – 15th century Lavenham boasts over 300 listed buildings.
- Olde England surrounds piled with new-age comforts.
- The Swan's famous afternoon teas.
Hit the spot
In medieval Lavenham, two hours from London.
The hotel's Weavers House Spa offers a haven of relaxation. There are also two restaurants – The Gallery for fine dining and the Brasserie for informal fare. The Airmen's bar is packed with WW2 memorabilia, and there's also a secluded garden.
Good to know
Watch your head – there are some low beamed ceilings.
Minimum StayTwo nights at weekends
ParkingThere is free guest parking.
AirportLondon Stansted – 45 miles.
TrainSudbury station – seven miles.
LocationHigh Street, Lavenham, Suffolk, CO10 9QA, United Kingdom
45 rooms and three suites.
Many rooms boast period features such as canopied beds, beamed ceilings, inglenook fireplaces and original medieval wall paintings. Contemporary creature comforts include fluffy robes and plasma screen satellite TVs.
The Swan at Lavenham suites come with big beds, high vaulted ceilings, bags of period charm and every comfort. You could also opt for a Junior suite with a regal four poster bed.
Eat & Drink
The Swan’s lofty Gallery restaurant – a beamed Tudor hall – is just the place to enjoy some first-rate British cuisine. Ingredients are sourced locally where possible and favourites include seared scallops with belly pork, wild sea trout with crayfish risotto, breast of Gressingham duck and a devilish chocolate and pecan tart. There’s a separate “green menu” of veggie starters and mains, and lighter fare is served in the Brasserie.
Breakfast is served until 10:00.
Available 24 hours.
See & Do
You’re in perfect antique hunting country here. Soak up the history with a trip to Gainsborough’s house in nearby Sudbury, or historic St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Abbey. There are plenty of country houses to explore, with Melford Hall and Kentwell Hall among the best. Country walks abound, and Newmarket racecourse is just 30 minutes away.
Newly opened Weavers House Spa – winner of a Five Bubble rating by the Good Spa Guide – offers a haven of peace and relaxation. It has a hot stone sauna, steam room, two relaxation suites and half a dozen treatment rooms, as well as an outdoor terrace and vitality pool. An impressive menu of restorative and feel-good treatments using Temple Spa products is on offer, plus a gorgeous Spa Boutique.