The Tryst | A truly historic romantic retreat in England’s unspoiled medieval village of Lavenham

Escape to one of the country’s most beautiful villages. The gabled cottages and cobbled streets of Lavenham in Suffolk have a rare charm. For the romantics – that’s us - the Grade 1 listed cottage The Tryst is a bit of a dream.

The beautiful structure of the building with its Tudor nooks, wattle and daub walls, antique furniture, and broad oak floors creates an warm and intriguing atmosphere. Inside, the cottage has kept its beautiful ancient beams – we are sure Robin Hood would have approved, we certainly do. There is a sitting room with a bressummered inglenook fireplace containing a charming wood burner, for quiet nights relaxing on the sofa.

Just through the door from here is a large farmhouse kitchen with an Aga stove and shaker style interior. The light in this room is lovely, and the room looks out over a pretty walled knot garden with arbours and sun trap corners. Sit out in this ideal spot and enjoy a sunny al fresco breakfast.

In the evenings, you can stay in for a romantic dinner in the cottage’s deep red dining room which seats six at an oak refectory table. And then there’s the bedrooms – we think they are some of the nicest features in the cottage, just look at the pictures. Firstly, there is The Indian Room, a single bedroom on the ground floor, with double oak doors leading out to the garden. Alongside the single bed, there is a truckle bed which can be pulled out to accommodate an extra person at a squeeze but call first to check it is suitable – if your extra guest is 6ft tall it might be a bit of a squeeze.

The room we have our eye on is the master bedroom – the Gold Room. It is another room with beautiful light and, added to this, there is a standout 21 arm brass chandelier. There is something special for film fans here, because out the window you can see the house that was featured in the Harry Potter films as his ancient country house.

Next to this, the French Room has windows on three aspects, and beautiful views over the garden. The wonderful beam work reaches high up to culminate in the historic Crown Post. There is a downstairs shower bathroom, and upstairs there is the main bathroom with its pretty roll top bath and the two double bedrooms. Even historical buildings have to keep up with the times, so the cottage has unlimited wireless broadband, and all the modcons in the kitchen, as well as central and underfloor heating.

And if you can pull yourself away from this retreat for a day, there’s all of Suffolk to explore. You should start with the beautiful village of Lavenham, which contains some top class restaurants and pubs including The Great House, which is rated as one of the best French Restaurants in England, and The Swan Hotel which is a gorgeous building with a fascinating bar. The Market Place is only 100 yards away and features the wonderful National Trust owned Guildhall, which featured as the backdrop for the 1960’s cult film “Witchfinder General” with Vincent Price.

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The Tryst, Lavenham
The Tryst
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