Local Suffolk B&B shortlisted for Best in the Country


Rectory Manor, a historic Suffolk house located between Sudbury and Lavenham has been nominated as one of the Best B&B’s in the country in the forthcoming Eviivo awards for the category of “Best B&B and Beyond”. The property which has a five star rating plus a Gold award from Visit Britain is now, according to Trivago, the highest rated 5 star property in the region. The site which was owned by the church for over 1000 years is also where the Book of Psalms was created in 1584 by John Hopkins. The category has been created to recognise outstanding B&B’s that proffer considerably more than the usual offering.

Owner, Frank Lawrenson, a former cabinet member for Babergh District council and former Chair of Governors for Kersey primary school, said he was thrilled to be nominated. “This reflects eight years of investment and exceptionally hard work. Our occupancy has more than doubled in the last four years alone which is very much a testament to the dedication and warm welcome offered by our team.”

The winner will be announced at a grand gala in London in October.

The nomination follows hot on the heels of an award by “Travelmyth” which put Rectory Manor in the “Top-10” five-star properties for Suffolk and named it the “Top Accommodation for Honeymooners in Lavenham” for 2019.

Going forward, Rectory Manor has ambitious plans to increase its investment in Suffolk by becoming a full service country house hotel and increasing guest rooms from 7 to 14. The business has been offered a grant from the Rural Development Agency for £170k and is currently seeking to raise the balance. Frank said, “We have enormous faith in Suffolk and Lavenham in particular. We believe it deserves hotels which can rival the best in the country whilst also becoming destinations in their own right”.

Rectory Manor which is approached up a short drive is nestled in the old and largely thatched hamlet of Great Waldingfield. In addition to having seven fabulous individually styled rooms which includes a suite and a four poster, the property boasts a hot swimming pool, tennis court, gardens, orchard, honesty bar and of course…croquet lawn.

For more information visit www.rectorymanorhotel.co.uk/

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