Review: The Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spa, Suffolk, UK By Michael Edwards on May 19, 2023 in Accommodation, Europe, Featured, Hotels, Regions, Spas & Pampering, Speciality Travel, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Three half-timbered medieval houses and a coaching inn have combined to create the irresistibly historic Swan at Lavenham Hotel, creaking through the last six centuries in what is often described as England’s finest medieval village.
The Swan Hotel features timbered beams, undulating floors, exposed brickwork, roaring fires, and a great dollop of history. Even the bar’s brick flooring is ballast from ships that had once exported the town’s famed woollen cloth.
But is Lavenham a town? A market charter from 1257 confers town status, though as it covers less than a square mile an Ordnance Survey criterion classifies Lavenham as a village.
Since Lavenham’s wool-rich heydays in the 15th
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