Stayed two nights on their all-in rate, which was good value. Hotel has real character and lots of sitting space. Dining room lovely and food and service good - all freshly cooked. First class, well chosen wine list. Staff really pleasant and helpful throughout, though bar staff a bit stretched in the evening.
Only downsides are that the set menu changes very little, so I would not eat there for more than three nights running. Also sound proofing needs attention; we were in a feature room (large and very nice) on the Water St side as we had asked not to be on the main road, but there was still a lot of noise from traffic and passing pedestrians - also we could hear almost every word from the room upstairs. Clearly with a very old, listed building soundproofing is not easy (or cheap), but we have experience of such buildings and things can certainly be made much better than they seem to be.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestling in the Suffolk countryside, between Bury St. Edmunds and Sudbury, is The Swan Hotel & Spa in Lavenham, perhaps one of England's most iconic hotels. The Swan dates back to the 15th century when it played a key role in Lavenham's wool trade. Today it is a quintessential English country hotel and restaurant, proud of its achievement of AA 4 Red star, two AA Rosettes & Visit England Large Hotel of the Year 2013. Ancient oak beams and inglenook fireplaces blend beautifully with rich furnishings and fabrics to create the perfect ambiance for rest and relaxation. The historic old bar boasts a wonderful collection of memorabilia, including a wall signed by British and American airmen stationed at Lavenham Airfield during World War II. The Swan is a wonderful place in which to celebrate a variety of special occasions, including romantic weddings, christenings and family get-togethers. It is also a unique venue for seminars, meetings and conferences, where 15th century inspiration combines with 21st century innovation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lavenham Swan Hotel