March 11, 2019
The Swan at Lavenham, Hotel & Spa a luxurious retreat in the heart of Sudbury
We arrived in Lavenham at midday and took a stroll along the high street, admiring the historic tutor architecture that seemed to be a talking point of this stunning medieval countryside village. The Swan Hotel sits proudly on the high street in Lavenham, which is also home to many famous listed buildings, such as the lavish looking church of St. Peter & Paul at the top end, The Guild Hall overlooking the market square and even the 14th century De Vere house that was used in the set of the first Harry Potter film.
As we entered the hotel through the grand front door, the interior was just as grand as the extravagant exterior. With a beautiful steel chandelier and open log fire, the walk through to reception was certainly a warm welcome, which was made even more charming by the friendly faces that greeted us at the reception desk. Before checking into our room, we were served coffee and afternoon tea in the relaxing lounge space adjacent to reception, which was quite the treat; the homemade scones were particularly delicious!
Afterwards a lovely lady named Maria took us on tour as we walked through the hotel to our room. Our first stop was the Airmen’s Bar, where we were greeted by a young gentleman who was kind enough to explain the stories behind the second world war memorabilia, which decorated this historic drinking spot for the RAF and US Army Air Corps who used to be stationed in Lavenham. We then passed by the Gallery Restaurant where we had dinner reservations for that evening. The fine dining restaurant was a large central room in the hotel with high timbered ceilings, exposed brickwork, an open fireplace and the of course the minstrel’s gallery; the Gallery Restaurant offered a unique and impressive dining experience.
The last stop on the tour was our room which was a fabulous Constable Suite, named after a local Suffolk villager. The room was extremely spacious with a separate lounge area adjacent to the bedroom and bathroom. It was incredible to see the history of the building still very much present within the contemporary design of the room; special features included leaded windows, medieval wall hangings, antique furniture accents and even timber beams in the high ceilings of the bathroom. As you would expect in any luxury hotel, there was also a coffee machine, flat screens in both rooms, excellent guest wi-fi and beautiful spa amenities available as standard for all guests.
Once we had settled into our room, we headed to the Weaver’s Spa which was connected to the hotel via a signposted cobbled path through the rear courtyard, leading to a quaint white wooden gate which was the entrance to the spa. The Weaver’s Spa was a haven of tranquillity, so needless to say we enjoyed relaxing there for the rest of the day. The spa was exceptionally well designed, with stylish and contemporary features throughout, even down to the changing rooms and robes; facilities included sauna and steam rooms, a relaxing glass lounge room, a cosy quiet room to unwind in after treatments and a fabulous heated hydropool outside. All the spa staff were incredible and when it was time for our treatments, our therapists Hannah and Tegan delivered the most exceptional pampering experience; this was followed by a rest in the quiet room, where we served an invigorating tea blend with miniature cakes to accompany.
Soon after we left to get ready for dinner where again we were treated like royalty in the fine dining Gallery Restaurant. Our drinks were served to us along with homemade sourdough bread and a trio of accompaniments (pesto and walnut dip, black olive tapenade and red pepper humous). Then to start we had the most delicious scallops, for the main, brill with white asparagus and for dessert orange souffle with homemade chocolate ice cream.
Breakfast the following morning was just as delicious, with a wide variety available at the continental buffet table and an extensive cooked breakfast menu. It was lovely to hear from the restaurant manager that the hotel sources all of their food produce from local businesses, as they are very passionate about helping the local community and keeping what the hotel offers, authentic to Lavenham.
W: The Swan at Lavenham
A: High St, Lavenham, Sudbury CO10 9QA
T: 01787 247477
Written by Chloe Tyler for Luxuria Lifestyle International