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

Contact details

The Great House
Market Place
CO10 9QZ
01787 247431
See hotel websiteBook now

Hotel information




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.

Other reviews

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;  most of the characterful bedrooms have their own sitting area. Individually decorated, they have a platter of fruit and a decanter of sherry; in all there is ‘an aura of comfort’. In the restaurant, Régis Crépy and Guillaume Dericq  cook a seasonal menu, perhaps wild halibut, rhubarb gel, baby spinach fondue. ‘Breakfast 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.

Upgrade voucher

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.

Receive our newsletter and special offers 


The Great House
Market Place
CO10 9QZ

Guest comments

'I have stayed at the Great House many times . The rooms are are extremely comfortable and of a very high standard nothing is too much trouble for the staff or management .The dining experience, food ,wines ,and service all top notch which explains why we keep returning.. ' - Patricia Jay - April, 2017
'Our fifth visit, and again we enjoyed the "Grand Room". It is enormously comfortable, with its big bed, ample sitting area, provision of water and sherry, and good sixed bathroom with bath robes, slippers and a very good shower. The atmosphere is excellent, formal but friendly, with offers of help and attention to names etc. The food was again very good. We rarely had time for pudding, but shared an excellent cheese board on one occasion. ' - David Grant - April, 2016
'We stayed in October. The hotel, unlike its Plum and Spilt Milk restaurant, was fairly empty, and we had a very smart corner room with a view over the new Kings Cross concourse. I think the modernisation/conversion of the old Great Northern Hotel has been very well done. we had a very smart bedroom with a view over the new concourse. Both the room and the corridors were spacious. The restaurant, which has become a "destination", can been too noisy. However the food and service is excellent. ' - JOHN GIBBON - October, 2013

Have you stayed here?
Submit a review

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.