Lavenham is a delightful, picturesque and truly unique village and civil parish in Suffolk, and also one of the best preserved medieval villages in the UK. Born over 750 years ago, Lavenham is noted for its 15th century church, circular walk and some 320 listed timber framed buildings, many of which are protected by English Heritage.
For a guide to the history of Lavenham, plus details on areas of interest such as Lavenham Priory and Lavenham's two fascinating museums, please see our article Guide to Lavenham.
The village is located around five miles north east of the town of Sudbury, and can be found on a ridge on the western bank of the River Brett. The ridge consists of two valleys and is broken into three parts: the Church of St. Peter & St. Paul (pictured above) is located on the southernmost section, Lavenham Marketplace on the central part, and the remains of a windmill atops the northernmost section. The southernmost valley contains a stream running between the pond at Lavenham Hall and the Brett, though it was covered by a culvert 500 years ago, and the aptly named Water Street built over the top.
The Angel HotelThe Angel Hotel in Lavenham Market Place was first licensed in 1420 and is believed to be Lavenham's oldest Inn. The Angel has been lovingly and tastefully restored, yet still contains much of its wonderful Tudor character. There are 8 en-suite bedrooms, 6 doubles, 1 twin and also a family room on the ground floor. Many of the rooms display original features such as exposed beams, and come equipped with all mod cons such as televisions, telephone, tea & coffee making facilities, hairdryers and free wireless broadband. Continental Breakfast is included in all rates. The Angel has a lovely bar featuring local ales, an extensive wine list and a selection of some 25 malt whiskeys. Visitors can enjoy fresh home-cooked food in a choice of dining styles; the bar, the restaurant, the snug and - weather permitting - the front terrace and the gardens. So click on the link above to take advantage of the Angel’s good food, comfortable rooms and friendly atmosphere.
The Great House HotelIf you are a fan the boutique style hotel, The Great House Hotel in Lavenham will not disappoint. This authentic English Boutique Hotel comes with five luxury bedrooms, each with ensuites and four with seating or a separate lounge. The rooms maintain the charm and history of the whole house, yet are modern and sophisticated. The oversized beds, including a Jacobean four-poster (pictured above), are dressed in fine Egyptian linen and have plush continental pillows, providing visitors with the height of comfort. Each room comes with many wonderful facilities, including a mini-bar, espresso machines, plasma screen television, and free wifi, plus all guests are warmly welcomed with complimentary fruit and a decanter of sherry. The Great House has a superb restaurant with an a la carte menu featuring delicious deserts. French doors are opened during the summer months to face a lovely stone-paved courtyard for drinks, lunch or dinner. If you fancy spoiling yourself and a loved one, click on the link above for more information.
The Swan at LavenhamThe Swan at Lavenham was built in about 1400 and comprises three houses dating from the same era. The oldest part dates back to the late 14th Century. Today, visitors will be delighted to find it as a quintessential English country hotel featuring ancient oak beams, inglenook fireplaces rich furnishings and sumptuous fabrics, plus and AA Rosette-awarded restaurant with a cosy atmosphere, serving the very best of modern English cuisine. 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 Swan is a wonderful place in which to celebrate a variety of special occasions, including romantic weddings, christenings and family get-togethers. It is also a unique venue for seminars, meetings and conferences, where 15th century inspiration combines with 21st Century innovation. Please click on the link above for more details and booking information.
The Bildeston CrownNot directly in Lavenham but in the lovely village of Bildeston nearby is The Bildeston Crown. The hotel is an original Grade 2 Listed, 15th century coaching inn which was creatively and lovingly renovated and refurbished in 2003, without losing any of the character of its past 600 years. There are twelve en suite rooms which have all been decorated in a unique fashion to the highest standards - The most luxurious room is the Black Fuscia Room (pictured below) with dramatic black decor, accentuated by hot fuchsia, and is not for the faint hearted! All rooms have facilities that include wall-mounted, flat widescreen televisions, broadband internet access, white bathrobes, quality toiletries, room service and a Night Porter. The Bildeston Crown has a fantastic restaurant with red décor, original beams and an eclectic mix of classical and modern artwork that perfectly complement the many delicious and varied menus. So if you fancy an out-of-the-ordinary break away, click on the link above.
The village is also home to the wonderful Lavenham Literary Festival, featuring many interesting and informative literary talks and workshops.
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