The Great House

Lavenham, Suffolk

In a medieval wool town of wonky timber-frame houses this French-style ‘restaurant and bedrooms’ hides its 14th-century origins behind a Georgian facade. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

In a medieval wool town of wonky timber-frame houses, this French-style ‘restaurant and bedrooms’ hides its 14th-century origins behind a Georgian facade. It is owned by Dominique Tropeano, proprietor of Colchester Zoo, and is run with elan, not to say panache. Bedrooms range from seriously snug Bohème, under the eaves, to Élysée, with two king-size beds and two velvet chaises longues, perhaps a nod to the estimable military Gayer-Anderson twins, who lived here in the 1920s. Readers found attic Montmartre ‘a bit of a hike’, with sloping ceilings but ‘lots of space, a sizeable bathroom, a walk-in wardrobe, coffee, fruit and sherry’. The bed was a little short for a man of 6ft 2in. Mind your head: in Bastille, ‘the most lethal beam was padded’. In the dining room, Swann Auffray’s inventive menus might include cod fillet, almond and broccoli concasse, fishy broccoli cream, almond espuma; a coco-bean stew cooked in butternut juices, scented with star anise. ‘Dinner was excellent, the staff all very charming.’ (John and Elspeth Gibbon)

Hotel details


Market Place
CO10 9QZ


01787 247431




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


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

Background music

in restaurant.


all ages welcomed, extra bed £15, cot, high chair, children's portions.


only assistance dogs allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £189, small double/single from £117/£105. Set-price dinner £35.50–£39.50, tasting menus £58–£68. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat.

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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 - July 2022

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Information from the 2022 Good Hotel Guide.