Set in the heart of the Suffolk medieval village of Lavenham, the stunning 15th century Swan Hotel and Spa is steeped in centuries of history. A member of the Hotel Folk collection, it boasts two superb restaurants, while the Airmen’s Bar is full of WWII memorabilia from the United States Army Airforce who were stationed nearby. Overnight guests have complimentary use of the facilities in Weavers’ House Spa, a retreat for the senses focusing on total relaxation, enjoyment and wellbeing.
Occupying a prominent position in the village High Street, The Swan is an excellent example of the period’s architecture; it incorporates several notable buildings including an Elizabethan house and Lane Ham’s former Wool Hall. With over 300 listed buildings dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, Lavenham is widely regarded as ‘England’s finest medieval Town’ owing its wealth and splendour to the woollen cloth industry.
Couples and friends seeking a relaxing spa break with country walks and fine dining from some of the region’s best produce. The Swan’s long history and WW2 memorabilia also make it appealing to UK and international guests for its cultural interest.
With its half-timbered picture perfect exterior, oak beamed interiors, open fires and cosy nooks, the hotel brings together a deep sense of history and occasion with a mix of classic and contemporary styling. Weavers’ House Spa is new build with an outdoor vitality pool in the courtyard garden; stylish facilities include six treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room, two relaxation lounges and a retail boutique.
Rooms and Suites
There are 41 charming bedrooms including a four-poster plus four Constable Suites. Each has been individually styled and most have exposed beams and mullioned windows. Extra beds can be provided for children and dogs are welcome in selected rooms.
Food and Drink
Choose from a range of dining options from simple, informal eating in the contemporary style Brasserie overlooking the courtyard garden to sumptuous fine dining in the elegant Gallery restaurant. With its WWII memorabilia, the relaxed Airmen’s Bar is an inspiring setting, while in warmer times you can also enjoy lunch, tea or cocktails in the sheltered gardens and hidden courtyard. For a private party book one of the elegant private dining rooms such as the McCallum, this features a vast open fireplace and vaulted beamed ceiling.
Take a walk around Lavenham with its individually owned boutiques, craft shops and galleries, or visit the stunning timber framed Guildhall (National Trust) and splendid church of St Peter and St Paul. There are also numerous scenic country walks and cycle trails nearby, while the wool towns of Long Melford, Hadleigh and Sudbury are just a short drive away. The Swan is also ideally situated to explore the historic cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds with its 1,000 year old Abbey remains as well as the gentle countryside, which inspired such famous landscape artists as Constable and Gainsborough.
Nearest train stations are at Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds from where its around 20 minutes’ drive.
From around £145 for two sharing B&B on the Swan’s flexible no deposit rate with free cancellation up until 2pm 48 hours prior to arrival.
Address High Street, Lavenham Suffolk CO10 9QA