'..an authentic medieval village in the heart of Suffolk'
Lavenham is crammed with important historical buildings and is very much appreciated by the guests to our cosy holiday cottages, located in this lovely village.
The Grove Cottages boast four beautiful self catering holiday cottages in Lavenham:
The Tryst - A Grade I 15th C listed cottage accomodates up to 5 guests, and offers luxury and comfort without compromises, right in the heart of Lavenham
Penny Cottage - A beautiful cottage in Lavenham, offering 5 star luxury. Originally built as a Weavers Cottage in the 16th Century, Penny has been restored with the utmost attention to detail with an emphasis on quality.
Mint Cottage – Located in the medieval village of Lavenham, Penny and Mint are sister cottages (both built in the 16th Century) who share an adjoining enclosed garden.
Situated in Suffolk between Bury St. Edmunds and Sudbury, is Lavenham; the ‘finest medieval town in England’. Lavenham, although a tiny picturesque village was once one of Englands most prosperous towns - in the 16th Century. Here we have four cottages available to you.
Lavenham is one of Suffolk’s most famous Wool Towns. Built by the wealthy wool merchants of Tudor times, during the 16th Century, Lavenham was England’s 13th most prosperous town. Laveham’s importance stems from its wool and weaving activities, which is attested to by its wonderful historic buildings, Guildhall and Church. Little has changed over time in this Wool Town – the narrow, winding streets are lined with crooked houses, meaning three hundred of Lavenham’s buildings are listed as being of architectural and historical interest. Our accommodation in Lavenham features beautiful holiday cottages situated in the heart of the village.
These shops are mixed in with some stunning art galleries and they all combine to make Lavenham a lovely place to indulge in. The attractions are all located along the High Street, the Market Place and Water Street.
Despite being a small village, Lavenham has lots to do. Along the high street you will find many quaint little shops, tearooms and art galleries. The Wildlife Gallery specialises in 20th Century and contemporary wildlife art and can be found on the high street next to The Greyhound pub which is a really excellent laid back gastro pub and is happy to welcome you and your dog..
If you’re feeling a bit energetic, there are guided walks around the town, which leave from the Tourist Information Centre (tel 01787 248207 for a programme) and the town is surrounded by pretty countryside (I can recommend the railway walk which goes all the way from Lavenham – Long Melford – Sudbury).
Plenty of art galleries, lovely boutiques and gift shops make it a town for mooching and of course there is plenty of choice for afternoon tea stops.
In the beautiful Medieval Square called ‘Market Place’ is an old fashioned bakery called Sparling & Faires, they bake bread as it should be baked in the lovely, traditional fashion.
There are a number of very pleasant walks, one of which will take you along the disused railway line to Long Melford and back if you are up for a ten mile hike. See the National Trust website to follow the step by step guide.
For the food lovers out there, there are lots of delicious options. While staying at our self catering cottages in Lavenham, why not visit some of the most equisite restaurants.
The Great House Restaurant sits in the heart of Lavenham’s Market Place. Here you will find modern French cuisine in a beautiful setting.
The Greyhound Pub is in the high Street and offers really excellent food in a very welcoming interior. Just down the main Street is The Swan Hotel which is one of the best places to eat at in Suffolk and round the corner in Water Street is Number 10 a lovely wine bar restaurant in a beautiful ancient building.
Or perhaps you would prefer to take in the history of Lavenham. The Church of St Peter and St Paul and the Guildhall offers you the chance to do so.
Dominating the Square is the magnificent Guildhall, which was the backdrop for the 1960's cult film “Witchfinder General”. The Guildhall now houses a fascinating local history Museum and dye garden that is now owned and kept open by The National Trust.
The Church of 'St Peter and St Paul' in Lavenham is a famous Wool church and one of the most important in England. It is a glorious building of cathedral like proportions dating back to 1500 with some part much earlier and completed at the height of Lavenham's prosperity as a centre of wool-cloth manufacturing.