- In the Suffolk countryside, between Bury St. Edmunds and Sudbury, this beautifully preserved 15th-century building is now a luxurious 4-star hotel with a 2 AA Rosette award-winning restaurant. Close to Ipswich, Lavenham is one of the best-preserved Tudor villages in Britain and The Swan is perhaps one of England's finest historic hotels. The building has been carefully restored and beautifully renovated, with ancient oak beams, large open fireplaces and a minstrel gallery blending beautifully with rich furnishings and fabrics. Decorated in warm, relaxing colours, the en suite rooms combine beautiful period features with contemporary facilities, including plasma flat-screen TVs and tea/coffee. The Swan prides itself in serving the very best of modern British cuisine, made using fresh, locally sourced seasonal ingredients. There is a range of dining options; from the informal Garden lounge and historic Old Bar to al fresco dining in the garden, or fine dining in the elegant Gallery Restaurant.