The Great House

Behind a Georgian facade at the medieval heart of this ‘incredibly beautiful’ village sits a smart restaurant-with-rooms whose ‘well-deserved reputation’ for ‘magnificent’ modern French food draws fans. More

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The Great House
Market Place
CO10 9QZ
01787 247431
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Feb–Dec, except 2 weeks in summer, restaurant closed Sun night, Mon, Tues midday.


lounge/bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (BT, Freeview), patio dining area, ½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

'easy listening' in restaurant.


all ages welcomed.


not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


[2016] room only £99–£215, continental buffet breakfast £12 per person, plus £5 for cooked breakfast. Set dinner £36.50, à la carte £52 (Sat only). 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat.

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Good Hotel Guide Review

Behind a Georgian facade at the medieval heart of this ‘incredibly beautiful’ village sits a smart restaurant-with-rooms whose ‘well-deserved reputation’ for ‘magnificent’ modern French food draws fans. It is more than 30 years since Martine and Régis Crépy came from France to learn English, fell in love with Lavenham and bought this 14th-century timber-frame house. Today, ‘welcoming’, long-serving manager Thierry Pennec leads a team of ‘professional and attentive’ staff. ‘The atmosphere is excellent: formal but also very friendly.’ There is no lounge; up ‘steep’ stairs with a rope handrail, most of the characterful bedrooms have their own sitting area. Individually decorated, they have a platter of fruit and a decanter of sherry. Despite the ‘low lighting for readers’, in all there is ‘an aura of comfort’. In the restaurant, Régis Crépy and Enrique Bilbault cook a seasonal menu, perhaps wild halibut, rhubarb gel, baby spinach fondue. A guest in 2016 wished for larger portions. ‘Breakfast cost extra, but was enhanced by a wide selection of breads, meats, cheeses, eggs, yogurt and fruit.’ (David Grant, and others)

Special offers

Midweek Special Offer

Two-night mid-week offer available on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays. It includes: a three-course from our dinner menu each evening, Continental buffet breakfast each morning, two night”s accommodation in one of most comfortable bedrooms. For two people sharing, from £474 to £514.Please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking and we shall offer you 2 glasses of sparkling wine on your first evening.

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This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.

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The Great House
Market Place
CO10 9QZ

Guest comments

'This was our fifth visit and again we enjoyed the "Grand Room" with its big, comfortable bed, ample area for sitting, provision of water and sherry and good sixed bathroom with bath robes, slippers and shampoos and a very good shower. It is enormously comfortable. The atmosphere is excellent, formal but at the same time very friendly, with offers of help and attention to names etc. The food was again very good. Starters were excellent, with outstanding asparagus and scallops, as was the Saturday night fillet of beef. We rarely had time for pudding, but shared an excellent cheese board on one occasion. ' - David Grant - April, 2016
'Our fourth visit. We have always found the Great House really comfortable and welcoming. One of its greatest assets is its situation at the heart of this beautiful small town. Staff are always wanting to help, and quick to learn guests’ names. This time we had their Grand Room, with two double king-sized beds, matching chaises longues, and double-fronted view of the market place. Our bed was roomy and comfortable. The bathroom, down a quaint little stairway, was of good size. The restaurant is magnificent. Splendid soup; tangy scallops, tender roast fillet of beef. We departed after a substantial breakfast of well-cooked bacon, sausage, egg and tomato. We had an excellent short stay and remain convinced that the Great House is one of the very best hotels of its kind; very reliable, and totally convincing in a beautiful setting ' - David Grant - February, 2015

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Tourist attractions

  • Lavenham Priory

    A Grade-I listed half-timber house, with three acres of grounds.

  • Guildhall

    A Tudor house in a medieval town.

  • Little Hall Museum

    A 14th-century house on the main square, housing the history of Lavenham.