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The Great House Restaurant and Hotel

Market Place, Lavenham, Suffolk, CO10 9QZ

Celebrating 30 years at The Great House Hotel! An authentic luxury boutique hotel in the middle of the medieval village of Lavenham in Suffolk, next to National Trust Lavenham Guildhall. This 15th century building with an imposing 18th century façade offers some of the best accommodation in the county. The bedrooms, each with its ensuite bathroom and four with seating or a separate lounge are light and elegant still retaining the wonderful charm of the house. A multitude of hidden delights include a mini-bar, espresso machines, plasma screen TV, wifi, hifi, hairdryers and ironing boards and the complimentary fruit and decanter of sherry offer a welcoming touch.
The mood is pleasantly casual though the cooking is perfectly serious, earthy and imaginative. This is high end cuisine done with style and adventure.
The service is with a smile; knowledgeable and friendly, the all French team effortlessly ensure that customers thoroughly enjoy their stay.

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10 Britain's Finest Filming Locations by Adrian Mourby

"Witchfinder General. Anyone who has seen Hammer’s sinister Witchfinder General, a tale of anarchy during the English Civil War will recognise Lavenham’s village green as the place where Matthew Hopkins (Vincent Price) burns his witches. The Great House Hotel and Restaurant is clearly visible behind one innocent “witch” as she is lowered into the flames, although it was made to look a lot scruffier in the 1968 film.

The director of the film Michael Reeves grew up in Suffolk and knew Lavenham well. He died at the tragically early age of 25 in 1969. Today this fifteenth-century building with its imposing eighteenth-century façade offers some of the best accommodation in Suffolk. It also has a superb restaurant for which booking is always essential. The menu is French with local ingredients and the waitstaff entirely French. Bedrooms are elegantly and lightly decorated with espresso machines, wifi, hifi and a complementary decanter of sherry.

You could not find yourself further away from the seventeenth-century world of Hammer’s film (which is 2005 was named the 15th greatest horror film of all time by the magazine Total Film). And thank goodness for that!"

Ten of the Best East Anglian Retreats by Jessica Baldwin

"In medieval times, the Suffolk town of Lavenham was one of the wealthiest towns in Britain, thanks to its lucrative wool trade. Today, the quaint timbre-framed town is home to a wonderful rural bolt hole; The Great House Restaurant and Hotel. The fifteenth century property has just five sought after en-suite bedrooms featuring plasma TVs and WiFi as well as a complimentary decanter of sherry for a warm welcome. Make sure you don’t miss its fantastic restaurant, voted as one of Britain’s top 100 by The Sunday Times."

Ten Historic Hotels in East Anglia by Adrian Mourby

"Lavenham is a small, beautifully preserved medieval town whose export of blue cloth made it one of the wealthiest communities in Tudor Britain. Its white half-timbered guildhall is owned by the National Trust and the Great House nearby is one of the UK’s top restaurants with rooms. There are just five highly individual bedrooms, including one with a Jacobean four-poster bed."

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Information on The Great House Restaurant and Hotel , Market Place , Lavenham

No. of bedrooms: Total: 5        
Types of room: 1 Standard, 1 Twin/King Double, 1 Attic King Double, 1 Deluxe Four Poster, 1 Deluxe Suite
Room rates guide: Single:  £99.00-£215.00
Double/Twin:  £99.00-£215.00
Suites:  £140.00-£215.00
Room only
General info: Credit Cards Accepted:  Amex, Delta, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed:  January & 2 weeks in the Summer
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly:  No
Romantic Details: four-poster bedroom, historic village
Smoking Permitted:  No
Wheelchair Access:  No
Accreditation: AA 5 Star Restaurant with Rooms, AA 2 Rosettes
Room facilities: DVD player, Radio alarm, direct dial telephone, hifi, Wifi internet access, Four-poster beds available, Iron & board, luxury toiletries, Mini-bar, tea & coffee making facilities, fruit basket, mineral water, decanter of sherry
General facilities: Walled garden, covered and heated patio, Award-winning restaurant
Activities nearby: Golf, Tennis, Beauty and holistic therapy treatments, Local attractions, Art Galleries, shopping, concerts, Walking
Local directions: Please see our website for directions and Maps.
Nearest major city:
Nearest major airport:
Nearest railway stn:
London Stansted (55 mins) , London City (1 hour, 30 mins)
Sudbury (8 miles) (10 mins)


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Review of The Great House Restaurant and Hotel

Posted on by Claudio SCustomer stayed Feb 2017

Fantastic venue, food, service & room. We just love returning to The Great House

Review of The Great House Restaurant and Hotel

Posted on by Elizabeth MCustomer stayed Sep 2016

The Great House in Lavenham is a wonderful restaurant with a number of very special comfortable rooms. I highly recommend the well thought-out beautifully presented gourmet food. A holiday to be savoured and not easily forgotten.

Review of The Great House Restaurant and Hotel

Posted on by Trish LCustomer stayed Sep 2016

The attention to detail is second to none. The room, the food, the staff could not be better.

Review of The Great House Restaurant and Hotel

Posted on by Sheila CCustomer stayed Aug 2016

Everything about The Great House is superb from the room, bathroom, fittings, little extras. Food is of the highest standard, Dinner 5*! Most of all, the staff is highly professional but also warm, friendly and attentive. One of the best places I have stayed.

Review of The Great House Restaurant and Hotel

Posted on by John paul SCustomer stayed Mar 2016

Thank you for making our visit to The Great House a very comfortable and enjoyable experience. Your hospitality has been superb and greatly appreciated. Your staff are very polite and willing to help all the time. Thank you.

Review of The Great House Restaurant and Hotel

Posted on by Sue HCustomer stayed Sep 2015

Delightful in every way. Superb cuisine. Excellent service. Beautiful building with delightful bedrooms. Very quiet location overlooking market square. Highly recommend.

Review of The Great House Restaurant and Hotel

Posted on by David VCustomer stayed Oct 2014

Tremendous food and service. Very comfortable, good facilities. Lovely location

Review of The Great House Restaurant and Hotel

Posted on by Chris WCustomer stayed Aug 2014

This is a very comfortable and friendly hotel. We had dined there many times but moved away from the area so decided to return to stay for a couple of nights. The food is excellent both in terms of quality and preparation - among the best I have had.

Review of The Great House Restaurant and Hotel

Posted on by Boo CCustomer stayed Jul 2014

The house is lovely, food well presented and most enjoyable. The rooms are well and truly delightful with all if not more than most things provided. The bed is huge and comfortable. Staff delightful.

Review of The Great House Restaurant and Hotel

Posted on by Liliana ACustomer stayed Jun 2014

We have been coming here since Regis and Martine took over the Great House 29 years ago. They consistently provide imaginative cooking of the highest quality I expect and friendly service in a lovely setting.

Review of The Great House Restaurant and Hotel

Posted on by Rob ACustomer stayed Jun 2014

Accommodation is spacious, clean and smartly furnished (olde world). Some rooms contain separate lounge area with TV. There is free Wi-Fi and free parking in the village square, which the hotel overlooks. Restaurant is smartly furnished, service is good with a variety of cuisine (French mainly) to an excellent standard. Staff are very friendly and helpful without being over-attentive.

Review of The Great House Restaurant and Hotel

Posted on by Tom CCustomer stayed Apr 2014

1. Excellent cuisine. 2. Wonderfully equipped and unique rooms in a uniquely attractive village with 3. no yellow lines. 4. Comfortable generous beds.

Review of The Great House Restaurant and Hotel

Posted on by Julie HCustomer stayed Nov 2013

Beautiful accommodation, very comfortable and clean. Mixed old & new furnishings, very tasteful. Restaurant meals and breakfast excellent (as well as service). Staff very helpful and accommodating. Would like to move in!! didn't want to leave!!

Review of The Great House Restaurant and Hotel

Posted on by William CCustomer stayed Oct 2013

Excellent food and service and superb cheese board and wine list, impeccable service. Genuine French cuisine and ambience in a wonderful medieval town. A memorable experience.

Review of The Great House Restaurant and Hotel

Posted on by Carl RCustomer stayed Sep 2013

Room immaculate, finished to a very high standard. Food fantastic, both breakfast and a la carte. Very good cheese board. Staff very welcoming and very polite and attentive.

Review of The Great House Restaurant and Hotel

Posted on by Abbi BCustomer stayed Apr 2013

The attention to detail in both the rooms and food is superb!
One of the nicest and stylish places I have stayed! It was a real pleasure in a wonderful village! The little extras really do make this stay worth to be one of Britain's finest!

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