Suffolk Hotels Guide

Heritage Short Breaks in Historic Suffolk Hotels

If you are interested in England's Heritage, you will be delighted with a stay in Suffolk! A visit to many of Suffolk villages or towns is certain to reward you with sights of ancient houses, castles, town halls, factories, barns, parish churches and bridges, to name but a few examples. The same range of heritage architecture can be seen in Suffolk Hotels, but in this case visitors are able to get a up-close view of these buildings, rich in history and lovingly restored, by actually staying overnight in one!

Heritage Short Breaks in Historic Suffolk Hotels

Lavenham is one of the best preserved medieval villages in the UK boasting old timber-framed buildings, many of them protected by English Heritage, plus the fine Perpendicular 'Wool Church' and a high street full of antique shops and art galleries. Lavenham is a high point of any visitor's itinerary of historic Suffolk - and here are two hotels well worth a visit during your heritage short break:

Heritage Short Breaks in Historic Suffolk Hotels

The Great House at Lavenham, Heritage Short Breaks in Historic Suffolk Hotels

The Great House, Lavenham
The Great House can be found in the marketplace of Lavenham. It was built during the wool trade but appears more Georgian than Tudor from the outside due to extensive renovations in the C18th. The great House was a private house in the 1930's until it was transformed into a Boutique hotel in 1985. The five en suite bedrooms are light and elegant and still retain the historical charm of the house.

The Swan at Lavenham, Heritage Short Breaks in Historic Suffolk Hotels

The Swan, Lavenham
One of England's most iconic hotels, The Swan Hotel in Lavenham dates back to the C15th when it played a key role in Lavenham's wool trade. Today it is a quintessential English country hotel with 45 en suite bedrooms, featuring ancient oak beams, Medieval wall paintings and inglenook fireplaces. 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 Mill Hotel, Sudbury

The Mill Hotel, Sudbury

This recently refurbished and fully restored Hotel is steeped in history as you can see as soon as you enter and see the Water Mill turning by the bar!

Mill Sudbury

However following its recent refurbishment you can expect top class facilities and a high standard of furnishings, as well as a relaxing atmosphere and great food in the restaurant or bar area. Please click on the link above for more details.

The Crown & Castle at Orford, Heritage Short Breaks in Historic Suffolk Hotels

The Crown and Castle, Orford
Situated in the peaceful village of Orford, The Crown & Castle is a 19-bedroomed hotel. The building dates back to the C16th but, due to an act of architectural vandalism in 1896, it is not presently recognisable as such. There has been a hostelry on the site of the Crown and Castle for eight centuries, and it is thought that the original inn was built into the walls of the C12th Orford Castle, but is now separated from it by a little lane. Many visitors enjoy a drink on the terrace during the summer, as the sun sets behind the castle.

The Belstead Brook at Ipswich, Heritage Short Breaks in Historic Suffolk Hotels

The Belstead Brook Hotel, Ipswich
Belstead Brook Hotel perfectly combines historic charm with the height of modern-day facilities. The building was originally a Jacobean C16th hunting lodge, and is nestled amongst 9 acres of mature wooded parkland alongside a brook and feature gardens. The hunting lodge is today the heart of the hotel, housing the restaurant, bar and private dining rooms. There are 88 en-suite rooms available, and the hotel also offers a choice of impressive rooms and services for that extra-special occasion - including banqueting facilities that can accommodate up to 200 guests for weddings ceremonies and receptions, or for business conferences.

Heritage Short Breaks in Historic Suffolk Hotels

The Bildeston Crown at Bildeston, Heritage Short Breaks in Historic Suffolk Hotels

The Bildeston Crown, Bildeston
The Bildeston Crown is an original C15th, Grade 2 listed coaching inn, which was imaginatively renovated and respectfully refurbished in 2003 without losing any of the character of its past 600 years. The Bildeston has 12 En suite rooms, each stylishly and uniquely decorated, plus an award-winning 3 AA Rosettes restaurant. Aside from admiring this wonderful building and the surrounding countryside, visitors will find themselves perfectly located for visiting the marketplace in Hadleigh, the medieval village of Lavenham, the historic towns of Bury St. Edmunds and Ipswich, the “Antiques Capital of Suffolk” which is Long Melford, and Sudbury, the home of Gainsborough.

Hintlesham Hall at Ipswich, Heritage Short Breaks in Historic Suffolk Hotels

Hintlesham Hall Hotel, Ipswich
The breath-taking Hintlesham Hall a Grade 1 Listed Elizabethan Manor House, nestled within 175 acres of rolling Suffolk countryside. The C16th building is distinguished by its Georgian additions, most notably the famous façade, and by earlier Stuart interior embellishments. The Hall has 33 bedrooms and suites of varying shapes, sizes and styles enhanced by fine fabrics, works of art and antiques which abound throughout the hotel. Hintlesham Hall is extremely well placed for exploring Suffolk's 16th century wool merchants' villages, pretty river estuaries and Constable Country. Long Melford and Woodbridge are close by, with their numerous antique shops, and Hintlesham Hall also offers a perfect retreat for those who wish to go nowhere at all.

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Tuddenham Mill at Tuddenham, Heritage Short Breaks in Historic Suffolk Hotels

Tuddenham Mill, Tuddenham
Visitors are invited to 'discover Rustic Chic' at Tuddenham Mill, a stylishly converted watermill. From its exposed beams and water wheel to the contemporary elegance of the bedroom furnishings, Tuddenham Mill brings together a unique mix of influences to excite the senses. Like the Mill itself, the area around is a unique and vibrant mix of the historic and the contemporary. Visit nearby Newmarket, the 'home of racing' or experience the traditional market town of Bury St Edmunds with its stunning cathedral. If you are a fan of nature, Tuddenham Mill is the perfect location. The Brecklands and Thetford Forest are close by, as is the unique stillness of the Fens with their waterways, rich wildlife and idyllic views.

As you can see, there are many options available to you when seeking Heritage Short Breaks in Historic Suffolk Hotels - we look forward to welcoming you to Suffolk soon!

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