Just one night here on my tod but twas enough to whet the appetite. Touch wood, I shall return with her majesty.
Travelled by train; the hotel is a short walk from the station. For those that like railway travel, the East Suffolk line from Ipswich to Lowestoft is a joy (although just this leg of the journey, from Ipswich to Beccles takes over one-and-a-half hours!). Oh for the return of steam on such lines.
The hotel would do William Morris proud. Every space is finely crafted and complemented by fitting objets. Whilst all spaces are appealing, my favourite was the small reception room/snug with a wall-mounted, flat-screen TV repeatedly playing an old black-and-white film the whole day. There was just something marvellously inviting about this parlour.
My initiation ceremony lasted quite some time. As I was alone, I stayed in the smallest, cheapest Seth's Room at the top of the house. I whacked my head about seven times on the beams (one in particular) before I grew accustomed to the modus operandi. William's and Eln's rooms, of which I was given a guided tour (for future reference), were splendid. The showering facility in all was by 'wet room'.
Swan House lies in the shadow of St Michael the Archangel whose bells chime the quarter-hours and ring-out the hours. This completes the charmingly English Swan House scene and I was looking forward to falling asleep to the dulcet tones of the chimes and bells. However, they stopped at some ungodly hour and didn't restart until eight-fifteen.
- 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