The Great House

Location Lavenham

Postcode CO10 9QZ

Telephone 01787 247 431


Why we love it...

Delightful restaurant with rooms

The Place

The Great House in the market place of Lavenham was built in the heyday of the wool trade but was extensively renovated in the 18th century and looks more Georgian than Tudor – at least from the outside. It was a private house (lived in by Stephen Spender in the 1930’s) until Regis and Martine Crepy turned it into a boutique hotel with restaurant in 1985. The food (predominantly French) is the best for miles – ‘stunningly good’, enthuses one visitor (a fellow hotelier).

The five bedrooms, each with its ensuite bathroom and four with seating or a separate lounge are light and elegant still retaining the wonderful charm of the house. A multitude of hidden delights include a mini-bar, espresso machines, plasma screen television, wifi, hifi, hairdryers and ironing boards and the complimentary fruit and decanter of sherry offer a welcoming touch. The generous beds, including the majestic king size Jacobean four poster, are dressed in fine Egyptian linen, a luxurious eiderdown and plump continental pillows. In summer French doors open onto a pretty stone-paved courtyard for drinks, lunch or dinner.

Old timber-framed houses, the fine Perpendicular ‘Wool Church’ and the high street full of antiques and galleries make Lavenham a high point of any visitor’s itinerary of the pretty villages of East Anglia.

** Sunday and Monday night Special Offer **


Get up to 40% off our standard rates on a one or two-night stay on Sunday and Monday nights. The offer includes bed & breakfast in a King or Deluxe room. The restaurant is closed on both nights but we can recommend other places to eat out within walking distance or book a table for a leisurely Sunday lunch.

To make a booking please call 01787 247431 or email
To check our availability please click here.

The Essentials

Price Band £££
Rooms 2 suites with separated sitting room, 1 twin, 1 king size, 1 standard room; all rooms have ensuite facilities, phone, TV, free wi-fi, minibar
Food breakfast, lunch, dinner
Facilities sitting room/bar, dining room; patio, garden
Children welcome
Disabled access difficult
Pets welcome

To Book

Contact Regis Crepy
Call 01787 247 431
Fax 01787 248 007

Good To Know

Address Market Place, Lavenham CO10 9QZ

The Location

Find this place: 16 miles (26km) NW of Colchester, in middle of village; with car parking

What's nearby: Little Hall, Guidhall Priory (Lavenham); Melford Hall; Gainsborough's House, Sudbury