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Swan Hotel & Spa Lavenham
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lavenham
Certificate of Excellence
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Weekend away!”
Reviewed 27 July 2013

Lovely hotel in a quiet but beautiful village. We had a very nice stay but after we changed our booking from the restaurant to the bistro,purely due to menu preferences, we felt that the service slipped and couldn't believe it was the same place. On the previous night we had dined at the Angel hotel and it was perfect.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

Visited here with the family and sat down for a meal in their main restaurant.

The building is a very old, wooden structure that really adds charm to the very idea of village life. Dress up smart because the pub has high standards and aims to attract the more smartly turned out clientèle, let's say!

There is a nice garden out back, as well as some very well decorated rooms and bars. The main restaurant is extremely posh and really looks the part for a special occasion. The service is masterfully implemented and all the waiters/waitresses look the part.

The food, whilst expensive, is top notch and you really get a high standard of presentation, preparation and quality. I did mention that it was expensive but you get what you pay for here.

This is not a place I would eat at usually but I recognise that for special occasions, the times when you can afford to push the boat out a little more than usual, this is the perfect place to visit.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

Beautiful hotel in an idyllic small village. Excellent, attentive staff, helpful and kind and good food. Free upgrade on arrival. Expensive but worth it. Beautiful area to explore. Will definitely return.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

My husband surprised me with a night here to celebrate our weddin anniversary. His parents recommended it after a visit to the restaurant to mark their 40th wedding anniversary as this was where they had spent their honeymoon. The village of Lavenham is beautiful, like stepping back in time. The hotel itself is impeccable, we receive a very warm welcome, our room was very comfortable and the whole hotel has been sympathetically redecorated so as not to detract from it's Tudor charm, low beams, wonky floors and all! We had a beautiful dinner in the main restaurant and a delicious breakfast in the brasserie the next morning. My only sore point is that we didn't stay two nights and that we didn't sample the afternoon tea!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

I took my now husband to the swan for his birthday last year, it is only now that I've been seriously thinking about returning that I realised it was too good for me not to have posted a review.

The welcome was warm, the room was cosy and luxurious, and the cream tea was divine. The breakfast the following morning was delicious (don't miss out on the sausages!) and the surrounding village is beautiful to wander along.

I'm sorry this isn't a more detailed review, but I will strive to return very soon and when I do I will come back with it fresher in my mind and leave a more up to date account.

I can confirm 100% though that you would not be disappointed if you stayed here, it's one of those feel good hotels, perfect for a special occasion

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Faversham
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

This was our second visit to the Swan. The hotel and staff were wonderful, rooms charming and spacious. The restaurant is beautiful, like stepping back in time, with totally amazing food. The village is beautiful, cannot wait to return!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mytchett, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

I went for lunch here as it had been recommended and I must admit the food was excellent..well presented and beautifully cooked. The place has a pleasant garden to sit in on a good day. The service was good, although it took a little while to be approached for my desert order. Interesting inside, with signatures of airman dating from the Second World War. Took a pic but hard to capture due to the protective glass. Friendly bar staff and a nice atmosphere..

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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IngoWiangke, General Manager at Swan Hotel & Spa Lavenham, responded to this review, 19 August 2013
Dear Suzianne

Thank you so much for you kind comments, I am ever so pleased to read that you enjoyed every moment of your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Kind regards
Ingo
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Additional Information about Swan Hotel & Spa Lavenham

Property: Swan Hotel & Spa Lavenham
Address: High Street, Lavenham, Babergh District CO10 9QA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Babergh District > Lavenham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lavenham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Swan Hotel & Spa Lavenham 4*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestling in the Suffolk countryside, between Bury St. Edmunds and Sudbury, is The Swan Hotel & Spa in Lavenham, perhaps one of England's most iconic hotels. The Swan dates back to the 15th century when it played a key role in Lavenham's wool trade. Today it is a quintessential English country hotel and restaurant, proud of its achievement of AA 4 Red star, two AA Rosettes & Visit England Large Hotel of the Year 2013. Ancient oak beams and inglenook fireplaces blend beautifully with rich furnishings and fabrics to create the perfect ambiance for rest and relaxation. 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. ... more   less 
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