“The Great House celebrates its thirtieth year next June under the ownership of Martine and Regis Crépy, who have lavished love and attention on every aspect of their well-oiled and flourishing enterprise (they also own the Maison Bleue in Bury St Edmunds and Mariners in Ipswich). This quietly understated old country inn with its dark wooden floors, French grey walls, huge fireplace, crisp white table linen and creaking beams, is very appealing. Rustic and contemporary working in tandem; not only is there the award-winning restaurant, but also five luxurious boutique, bedrooms, one with a Jacobean four poster bed, amongst the eaves and up steep stairs. Each is individually designed and whilst they maintain the historic ambience of the property, the feel is sumptuous and spoiling with finest Egyptian linens complemented by satins and velvets. An ideal escape for foodies who relish the finer things in life! 2014 Sawdays Fabulous Food Award & editor's choice Gourmet Award. 2015 3 AA rosettes”
Written by Clare Mann
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
We have been here for 30 years. It is our expertise, consistent attention to detail as well as our heartfelt passion that ensures our customers have a most memorable and enjoyable time at The Great House.
What is there to do in the area?
Lavenham is considered to be England’s finest medieval village. Stroll around the crooked cottages nestled against the elegant Tudor buildings, visit the host of boutiques, independent shops, antique and art galleries. Discover the National Trust Guildhall, Little Hall Museum and ‘Wool’ Church of St Peter & Paul. There’s also the beautiful surrounding countryside for cyclists and walkers to explore that so inspired Constable and has changed little over time.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Just let us know what you like for breakfast and we’ll prepare it for you. There’s full English with a wide variety of extras to suit from wild mushrooms to smoked salmon. Home baked croissant, brioche, baguette, continental salamis, parma ham as well as choice of yogurts, fruit, jams and honey.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
We would recommend you eat in our award-winning restaurant and our customers would to! We offer elegant fine dining with inspired modern cooking and perfectly judged flavours and textures. Our cheeseboard to finish is legendary with a choice of over 30 different cheeses. We have an extensive wine list too with over 300 references and our staff on hand to guide you are professional and friendly.
There’s always a relaxed and buzzing atmosphere and guests are greeted with welcoming open fires during the winter months and a pretty paved courtyard is popular for alfresco eating in the summer.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Our five luxurious bedrooms are all popular. They are exceptionally comfortable with sophisticated décor making the most of each room’s individual character. All ensuite, they also have their own sitting rooms and one has a majestic king size Jacobean four-poster bed.
What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms ?
We can arrange for an extra bed or cot in the rooms and highchairs for meals.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
Welcome to The Great House; we are very much looking forward to seeing you soon.”