My partner and I stayed here for two nights in October as a base to explore the surrounding area and as a treat for my birthday. We were very pleased with the service, accomodation, food and overall package that Swan House delivers.
There is no onsite car parking, and so you can either leave your car on the street at no cost for one hour or overnight between 18:00 and 10:00, or you can pop it in to a car park a couple of minutes walk away for £4 for 24 hours. This isn't a criticism as we knew this in advance, it's just an FYI for other travellers.
The Swan Inn is smack bang in the middle of Beccles, just underneath the clock tower and about 5 minutes walk from the river. It's a perfect central point within Beccles, with all of the bars and restaurants equidistant from it. It's also very well located for exploring the surrounding areas of Southwold, Dunwich, Aldeburgh, Bungay and even Great Yarmouth.
We had the Williams room, which was very well sized, very well decorated, very comfortable and probably one of the best rooms we have stayed in. The room has clearly been renovated recently and sympathetically, carpented with oak throughout and with travetine in the bathroom, plus a very good sized bath too. The room does have an open fire, which can be lit for you, but unfortunately it was too warm for us to take advantage of this quirk. The bed was very comfortable with crisp white sheets and plump, quality pillows. The wet room style bathroom was interesting. Not something I could live with on a day to day basis, but another quirk of this place.
We ate breakfast here twice and it lived up to the expectations fuelled by some of the other reviews. You start with home made tea cake and coffee, followed by a slate covered in ham, cheese, fruit, croissants and preserves, and then on to a full english breakfast. You'll be stuffed, but you'll enjoy it! I have to pay particular mention to the quality of the bacon!
All in all, if you want to stay somewhere near Beccles or the surrounding area, then I would have to recommend this place. It's quality, quirky, different and absolutely deserves a recommendation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally situated in the bustling, traditional market town of Beccles, the Swan House offers beautiful and idiosyncratic room-only accommodation. Our distinctive rooms provide the perfect, cozy base from which to explore the Suffolk heritage coast, the Norfolk Broads and beyond. East Anglia at her most beautiful and varied is literally on the doorstep. After an intrepid day of exploring, come back to a delicious meal in our characterful restaurant, and a good night's sleep in a room designed to provide every comfort. Indulge in fully sprung mattresses, crisp white bedding and flat screen TV's. And all of this in a convivial setting, with open fires to warm you in the depths of winter, and al fresco dining throughout the warmer months. PLEASE NOTE: The Swan House Restaurant is currently closed for refurbishment and will re-open in April 2017. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Swan House Beccles, Suffolk