We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Payments made by partners impact the order of prices displayed. Room types may vary.
The listings of booking offers for each property take into account the compensation paid to us by our partners. Prices shown may be for varying room types. Prices displayed are the lowest available, corresponding to the least expensive room type available, as provided from our partners as of the time of the user’s search.

Rectory Manor Hotel

Rectory Manor Rectory Road, Great Waldingfield, Babergh District CO10 0TL England
avatar-imageavatar-imageavatar-image
Traveller (149)
Room & Suite (61)
Dining (5)
What is Travellers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

View prices for your travel dates

Prices are provided by our partners, and reflect nightly room rates, including all taxes and fees known to our partners. Please see our partners for more details.

About

#1 of 1 B&B in Great Waldingfield
Location
Cleanliness
Service
Value
Travellers' Choice
GreenLeaders Silver level
Rectory Manor is a 5 Star rated, Grade II listed historic country house offering Bed and Breakfast in the style of a boutique hotel, situated just minutes from the centres of Lavenham, Sudbury and Long Melford in Suffolk. A member of The Historic Houses Association, with accolades from Sawdays, Wolsey Lodges, Cool Places and Charming Small Hotels (amongst others), we are located in a conservation area surrounded by thatched cottages. We offer large luxuriously decorated double ensuite bedrooms with all the trimmings you might expect including Hi-speed WiFi, HD TV's and Minibars plus toiletries from Penhaligons. We are the highest reviewed accommodation near Lavenham, rated "Excellent" by both Tripadvisor and Trivago, chosen by Tatler as one of the 12 smartest B&B's in the country and nominated for the Best B&B in the country by Eviivo in 2019.
Read more
Suggest edits to improve what we show.Improve this listing
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Hiking
Tennis court
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Baggage storage
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Wine / champagne
Board games / puzzles
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Show more
Room features
Allergy-free room
Housekeeping
Bottled water
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
Good to know
HOTEL CLASS
5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Greek, Italian
294Reviews3Q+A70Room tips

Reviews
We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.

Traveller rating
  • 219
  • 43
  • 15
  • 8
  • 9
Time of year
Traveller type
Language
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
Sort by:
Most Recent
avatar-image
David M wrote a review Feb 2024
1 contribution
The Rectory Manor is the most comfortable overnight stay I have ever had in the U.K. A large garden in a small hamlet outside Sudbury in Suffolk, it has beautiful rooms in a converted stable. The large main house has a very comfortable sitting room and breakfast room showing some of the owner’s ancestry. And breakfast could not have been better. And our spaniel loved the garden. The owner lent us a book on the nearby 486 Bombardment Group airfield history, and although little is left except two stone pillars and a hangar, there is a museum in Sudbury dedicated to the USAAF. Highly recommended!
Read more
Date of stay: February 2024
Value
Location
Service
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Great for pets.
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
Response from georgina jones, Guest Services / Front Office at Rectory Manor Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us and very much hope you will return:)) Best Wishes Georgina
Read more
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
avatar-image
Cliff B wrote a review Feb 2024
1 contribution
Booked for a single night as we were attending a function in Lavenham. Great first impressions upon arriving at the Hotel. We only stayed for 1 night but in that time we met 3 of the team (including the owner Frank) and the dogs. Everyone was very friendly (including the dogs) and the team wanted to ensure that everything was perfect for us which it was. We were in the stable block and the rooms we were staying in were very large, very comfortable beds, very clean, very warm and had a great shower. A very comfortable night. We had breakfast the following morning and opted to also have the cooked breakfast which was freshly cooked to order and tasted fantastic. All in all this is a great place and we are really pleased that we found it and stayed there. Thank you all.
Read more
Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
Response from georgina jones, Guest Services / Front Office at Rectory Manor Hotel
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you so very much for your lovely review:)) We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us and really hope you will return. Best Wishes, Georgina
Read more
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
avatar-image
Charlotte wrote a review Dec 2023
Dartford, United Kingdom61 contributions12 helpful votes
+1
WOW…. What a pleasant one night stay. My partner and I visited for one night for my partners birthday. We were greeted by the owner of the manor, Frank, who was so kind and made our special stay feel so personal. The fact you are staying in a home that has been in the same generations just makes it feel so warm, welcoming and like a home from home. Set in a beautiful village surrounded by thatched cottages and Tudor buildings galore in the nearby town. We stayed in the room with the four poster bed and roll top bath. The mini bar was well stocked with a finer variety of drinks. The breakfast was delicious. We have already recommended The Rectory Manor to friends and family. Frank, thank you!
Read more
Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Set off early as although the check is 4pm we received a call our room was ready earlier if not...
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
Response from georgina jones, Guest Services / Front Office at Rectory Manor Hotel
Responded 23 Dec 2023
Thank you so very much for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and very much hope you will return:)) Best Wishes, Georgina
Read more
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
avatar-image
GillyS324 wrote a review Nov 2023
Ayrshire, United Kingdom39 contributions34 helpful votes
Just spent 2 nights at the Rectory Manor Hotel and it was absolutely fabulous. The location was perfect, with a great walk on the doorstep. The room and the bed were extremely comfortable. Vicki made the breakfast which was superb, we ate far too much but it could not be missed. Frank was an excellent host and could not do enough for us.
Read more
Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
Response from georgina jones, Guest Services / Front Office at Rectory Manor Hotel
Responded 4 Dec 2023
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us and very much hope you will return:)) Best Wishes, Georgina- Guest Relations Manager
Read more
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
avatar-image
CDR wrote a review Nov 2023
4 contributions
If your looking for a extremely comfortable and relaxing stay in a wonderful country house in a very peaceful location in the heart of the Suffolk countryside this is it. The house and grounds are a delight and each of the spacious bedrooms are unique in style and very comfortable. We stayed as a surprise birthday get together for my wife with our family and we’re more than happy with our accommodation breakfast served in a delightful decorated room all of which was for us the perfect few days stay. The location is close to good restaurants in Lavenham and Sudbury which we enjoyed also.
Read more
Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
Response from georgina jones, Guest Services / Front Office at Rectory Manor Hotel
Responded 4 Nov 2023
Thank you so much for your very kind review and for choosing us as the place to host your 'birthday' get together. It was a genuine pleasure to meet you and your lovely family and we are delighted you enjoyed both your stay and the surrounding area. We very much hope to welcome you back in the future- with or without the 'surprise' element thrown in:)) Best Wishes, Georgina
Read more
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
avatar-image
Squeakyman wrote a review Oct 2023
Bournemouth, United Kingdom227 contributions105 helpful votes
Would give more than 5 stars if I could . Our one night stay was perfect. Fabulous room and facilities . A great breakfast to go with it. This place is a gem. Best nights sleep for ages. Comfy bed loverly bathroom and a great host to go with it. Thanks Frank and all your team for a wonderful end to my wife’s birthday trip.Hope ti see you again.
Read more
Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
Response from georgina jones, Guest Services / Front Office at Rectory Manor Hotel
Responded 27 Oct 2023
Thank you so much for your lovely review; we are genuinely thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us:)) It was a pleasure to meet you both and we look forward to welcoming you back! Best Wishes, Georgina
Read more
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
avatar-image
David S wrote a review Oct 2023
Ampthill, United Kingdom15 contributions10 helpful votes
We have just returned from a two night stay at the Rectory Manor. The hotel is ideally situated for visiting the sights of Suffolk particularly the beautiful village of Lavenham. The Rectory Manor is a beautiful old building and well kept. The welcome from Frank the proprietor was excellent .He took time to show us to our room and explain how every thing works. Which was much appreciated. Our room on the first floor in the main house was excellent. Large enough and well appointed. A decent size bath and a good shower. Tea and coffee available in the room with Fresh milk. Alcoholic drinks are also available and a price list is in the room.. Decent WiFi signal also available. Breakfast at the rectory is served in the small dinning room at one long table. I have to say the breakfast in my opinion was disappointing considering the price charged. The continental breakfast £14.00 was limited in what was offered. No bread or rolls for the jams only small croissants although there was a decent selection of cereals. The full English at £19.00 and was at best average. May be the chef was off that day. The hotel is about a 10min drive from Lavenham where there are several good places to eat in the evening .Recommend number 10. For summer visitors there is the added bonus of an outdoor swimming pool.. All in all a very nice small family hotel
Read more
Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Be aware no evening meal available
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
Response from Frank Lawrenson, Owner at Rectory Manor Hotel
Responded 15 Oct 2023
Thank you so much for your review, we are delighted you enjoyed both your stay with us and the delights of our surrounding area. With regards to your observations of our continental breakfast; in addition to tea, coffee, fresh fruit juice, fresh fruit salad, cereals, yoghurts, cold meats, cheese, porridge and croissants- unlimited bread/toast is also included in your continental offering. This is written on our table menu. Profuse apologies if this was not offered automatically? The £5 charge for the addition of a cooked breakfast includes, as standard, our most popular locally sourced fayre of eggs, bacon, sausage, grilled tomatoes and kippers. We are, as you note, a small family hotel and, in a concerted attempt to remain competitive on pricing in this current economic climate, breakfast is already heavily subsidised. Therefore sadly, we do not have the luxury of stocking less universally picked items as standard. However, as we make clear on our pre -arrival info, if there is anything particular our guests are after at breakfast, over and above our advertised menu, they only have to let us know in advance of their stay and we will do our best to facilitate:) I very much hope, with this in mind, you will not be deterred from visiting us again:) Kind Regards, Georgina
Read more
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
avatar-image
Safari01698199437 wrote a review Sept 2023
1 contribution
AWFUL EXPERIENCE!!! After a nice swim and a pleasant meal in a local restaurant, we returned to our room in the main house. At 10pm I went to get some things from my car, when I was met by Frank who was quite intimidating told me to stop smoking "weed" in the room. I first thought he was joking, but he then told me he could smell it coming under the door. I did not like his attitude and wanted to leave there and then. But we left after breakfast ( that was not worth the price paid). We were offended again when we were ACCUSED in front of other guests at breakfast. We had paid for 2 nights but he refused to refund the second night. I might add we are a retired couple who as never smoked a cigarette. I do wonder if Frank could reply to this review and not leave it to Georgina Jones, Guest Services. By the way the carpet in the bathroom / toilet is so 70's and unhygienic.
Read more
Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
Response from Georgina Jones, Guest Services / Front Office at Rectory Manor Hotel
Responded 27 Sept 2023
Dear Sir, We wholly dispute your version of events of your stay. Having detected what smelt like marijuana in the building, as proprietor and licence holder of the hotel, I politely asked every guest if it was coming from them and if so could they please not smoke it in the house as we have a zero drug tolerance policy. You stated it was not you and I said that was absolutely fine - it was simply coming from the floor where your room was situated. At NO point over breakfast did my staff or I ‘accuse’ you of anything. The only people talking about it in front of other guests were yourselves- telling everyone how affronted you were. At which point, the other guests stated they too had been approached by me, with the same question and said they understood totally why, as proprietor, I was put in the position of asking everyone. It was only you that disagreed with our approach. Despite attempting to explain, once again, the reason behind why I had asked you and accepting fully your statement that you were not responsible, you chose to leave early. We were sorry to hear you were dissatisfied with breakfast, which is heavily subsidised, supremely competitive and holds a 5-star Gold Award from Visit England for Excellence. With regards to your dislike of carpet in the bathroom, we appreciate that taste is personal. However, when upon arrival, we upgraded you to our best four poster, over the standard room - with hard bathroom flooring - which you had actually booked, you did not mention this. In fact, you told us initially that the room was wonderful? Had you expressed your dislike of the flooring we would happily have kept you in the cheaper room you initially chose. Kind Regards Frank Lawrenson- Owner
Read more
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
avatar-image
Craig H wrote a review Sept 2023
4 contributions2 helpful votes
I chose to stay here for business due to location for business, reviews on Booking.com and having an EV charger on site with reasonable rates. The pictures online show the more grand looking rooms, presumably in the main Manor House, however my room was in the converted stables. It was like I had stepped back in time to the 80’s!! The decor, bedding and furniture looked well best it best!! There was a damp smell, despite the fact that several windows had been left open….! There was also no shower, just a shower attachment on the mixer tap - which I wasn’t great, however I thought I would just ‘have to make do’ with having a bath - come the next morning (following a run), I ran the bath and the water was ‘lukewarm’ at best…. I even had to boil the kettle to top it up (not that it made much difference). I couldn’t face breakfast as I just wanted to get out of there!!
Read more
Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Ensure you are in the main building as the rooms ‘May’ be better……?
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
Response from Georgina Jones, Guest Services / Front Office at Rectory Manor Hotel
Responded 20 Sept 2023
We were so sorry to read of your suboptimal stay with us, but equally, rather puzzled by your observations of the decor. ALL our rooms, both within the Main House itself and the converted 'Stables' are pictured on our site. This includes the 'Classic Room' option which you yourself chose. This is listed as being situated in the annexe, with a bath, not a shower! The Stables were re-carpeted and redecorated after lockdown and are certainly not in any way damp, nor, in our humble opinion, reminiscent of the 1980's?! Indeed, guests staying in that same room, only a week before you, described it as "a sumptuous and comfortable bedroom"! With regards to breakfast, if you recall, you declined the offer of breakfast at check in, whilst in the Manor House itself, before you had even seen your room? With regards to the hot water issue, we can only apologise profusely. This was unfortunately due to an unforeseen maintenance issue outside of our immediate control and a plumber has already been alerted to remedy the situation forthwith. On a brighter note, we are glad you found our EV charger to be of benefit:)) Best Wishes, Georgina
Read more
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
avatar-image
Johntocbb wrote a review Sept 2023
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom13 contributions8 helpful votes
A fantastic place. Beautiful, peaceful grounds, with plenty of space to rest or play (swimming/tennis). Marvellous furnishings throughout the manor and a sumptuous and comfortable bedroom (We were in the Blue Room). Plenty of valuable pre-arrival information, including recommendations for local restaurants. We chose Alaz (Turkish) in Sudbury and weren't disappointed. Personable yet unobtrusive staff offering high service levels. All topped off with an excellent breakfast the following morning. Highly recommended.
Read more
Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
Response from Georgina Jones, Guest Services / Front Office at Rectory Manor Hotel
Responded 20 Sept 2023
Thank you so very much for your lovely review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us and very much hope you will return:)) Best Wishes, Georgina
Read more
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Previous
123456
Not the right property for you?
There are more places to choose from in the Great Waldingfield area.
PRICE RANGE
£121 - £145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
The Old Rectory Country House
LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandEast AngliaSuffolkBabergh DistrictSudburyGreat Waldingfield
NUMBER OF ROOMS
7
Prices are provided by our partners, and reflect nightly room rates, including all taxes and fees known to our partners. Please see our partners for more details.
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

RECTORY MANOR HOTEL - Updated 2024 (Great Waldingfield)

Frequently Asked Questions about Rectory Manor Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Rectory Manor Hotel?
Nearby attractions include EO Escape Rooms (2.2 miles), Sudbury Escape Rooms (2.8 miles), and Holy Trinity Long Melford Church (3.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Rectory Manor Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Rectory Manor Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a lounge and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Rectory Manor Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rectory Manor Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Long Melford Tea Room, Lavenham Blue Vintage Tea Rooms, and Alaz.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Rectory Manor Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Rectory Manor Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.02 miles away from the centre of Great Waldingfield.
Are pets allowed at Rectory Manor Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Rectory Manor Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, Italian, and Greek.
Are there any historical sites close to Rectory Manor Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Lavenham Guildhall (3.5 miles), Melford Hall (3.3 miles), and Kentwell Hall (4.0 miles).