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Most of Lavenham’s buildings were built between 1450 and 1500, when the town was a wealthy medieval wool centre, and most of them are in an excellent state of repair - making this a wonderful place for a holiday back in time. Many of the best places to stay in Lavenham date from the same period, so there’s the opportunity to sleep in a Jacobean four poster bed, or under original wood beams which have been serving their purpose for more than five hundred years.
Several of the town’s most historic buildings, including the Guildhall, are open to the public, but just strolling the streets, amongst half timbered houses and pastel coloured, thatched cottages - some of which have now got quite a lean on them - is a bit like being on a film set.
Don't forget to plan ahead if you want to reserve one of the best places to stay in Lavenham, this is a popular spot for holiday-makers and weekenders alike.
For a restaurant with rooms
- The Great House is a restaurant with rooms - just five of them - right in the heart of medieval Lavenham. Luxurious and a little bit French, the restaurant has won awards, and the individually styled rooms are historic and spoiling. An ideal escape for foodies, and winner of the 2014 Sawdays Fabulous Food Award.
For an old coaching inn
- The Swan at Lavenham is a famous old coaching inn dating from the 15th Century. There are 45 rooms, though while you’ll find some wonderful original details about the place, the decor is modern and the rooms very comfortable. It's a real experience!
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Best Hotels in Lavenham
The Great House 5 rooms from $124Lavenham, Suffolk and Essex
In the heart of one of Suffolk’s most perfect and peaceful medieval villages is Lavenham, and the delightful Great House restaurant and small luxury hotel. French chic meets quintessential English charm; the combination is pretty special.Exclusive offer - Autumn Midweek Escape for TwoFoodies - The restaurant has been awarded 3 AA RosettesSights nearby - Situated in the heart of medieval LavenhamRomantic - Good for couples.Four poster beds - For romantics.Recommended by - Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
The Swan at Lavenham 43 rooms from $254Lavenham, Suffolk and Essex
A famous old coaching inn (1400) in a classic medieval town, with 45 ancient rooms done up in 20th century luxury style. Touristy but an experience.Sights nearby - Explore Lavenham one of the UK's finest mediaeval towns.Cooking classes - Culinary masterclasses available.Romantic - Good for couples.Four poster beds - For romantics.Recommended by - Sawdays