The Great House

Lavenham, Suffolk

In one of England’s most perfect medieval villages, this timber-framed house may show the world a handsome Georgian face but within, it is all beams and slanted ceilings. More

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In one of England’s most perfect medieval villages, this timber-framed house may show the world a handsome Georgian face but within, it is all beams and slanted ceilings. Run as a restaurant-with-rooms and long ‘loved for its French ambience’, it has lost none of its je ne sais quoi since it was bought by Dominique Tropeano, owner and saviour of Colchester Zoo. Each bedroom has its own style. Bastille, though short on storage, is ‘lovely’, with a separate seating area. ‘The bed was very comfortable, with blanket and sheets as we’d asked,’ reported our inspectors. Versailles has a Jacobean four-poster. Extras include a coffee machine, minibar, fresh fruit and sherry. There is no lounge, but a small bar, and a patio for alfresco dining. Chef Swann Auffray cooks inventive dishes such as lemon sole with sautéed mushrooms, porcini oil foam and Jerusalem artichoke purée; for vegans, carrots every which way, with cumin caviar and orange-scented quinoa. At breakfast there is a buffet with freshly squeezed orange juice, cheeses, charcuterie, home-baked croissants and Lavenham honey, with cooked dishes charged extra.

Hotel details

Address

Market Place
Lavenham
Suffolk
CO10 9QZ
England

Telephone

01787 247431

Bedrooms

5.

Open

open all year except Jan, restaurant closed Sun eve, all Mon, Tues lunch.

Facilities

restaurant, in-room TV (BT, Freeview), patio dining area, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed (cot, high chair, children's portions).

Dogs

only assistance dogs allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £129–£204 (continental buffet, cooked dishes £6 extra). Set dinner £37.50, tasting menu £58, à la carte £52. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat.

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Comments about The Great House

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
The staff were all charming; dinner was excellent. Our room at the top was all sloping ceilings; the bathroom overlooked the charming marketplace. - Elspeth and John - April 2021

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Last updated: December 28, 2020