The Priory Dairy | Lavenham

Introducing our newest addition to The Swan family, The Priory Dairy.

Located just a short stroll from The Swan at Lavenham, The Priory Dairy is a part of the stunning 13th-century Lavenham Priory, and we are very excited to be able to offer it to Swan guests on a self-catering basis.

The Dairy provides a truly wonderful base for your next visit to historic Lavenham, whether that be a relaxed break with the family, or celebrating an occasion with friends. Relax and enjoy the best of Lavenham entirely at your leisure when you book The Priory Dairy. The decor is bright and airy, whilst many features remain, creating a homely, cosy feel.


As you head through the front door, you are welcomed by a large lobby, with plenty of room to store muddy wellies, as well as a handy loo. To the right, you will find the large, bright, and airy lounge with lots of windows allowing plenty of natural light to flood the room. You'll see a large dining table (seats up to six) in the far corner, the perfect spot for hosting breakfast spreads, home-cooked dinners, or takeaway treats. The lounge is home to two large sofas that will have you engulfed in a blanket of comfort, there's also a flatscreen TV and a log burner for a snuggly night in. The floor can get a little chilly, so head upstairs to find dressing gowns and slippers!

At the far end of the lounge are french doors which lead out to the private courtyard area with table and chairs, a lovely spot to sip on a glass of wine in the summer evenings, or a morning coffee surrounded by peaceful birdsong.


Heading back out into the lobby, the kitchen is located across the way. Here you will find everything you need for your self-catering getaway, a toaster, kettle, coffee machine, mugs, glasses, cutlery, and crockery. The cooker is electric, there is also a washing machine, dishwasher, fridge and freezer. We also provide washing-up liquid, laundry pods, teas and coffees, kitchen towels, bin bags, J-cloths, dustpan and brush, and a broom should you wish to use any.


Heading up the stairs, The Dairy boasts three comfortable double bedrooms that can sleep up to six adults. The Master has a beautiful wooden framed double bed, large built-in wardrobe and lots of hanging space, as well as an ensuite bathroom with shower and Temple Spa toiletries. Just down the hall, you will find the second bedroom, this room has a comfortable double bed with plenty of built-in storage space. And finally, the third bedroom consists of two single beds which can either be interlocked to make a double or kept separate as twins. Please let us know which way you would like this room to be set up prior to your arrival. The main bathroom with wetroom-style shower and Temple Spa toiletries complete the first floor.



All bed linen, towels and hand soap are provided, you will also find a Swan dressing gown with slippers on the end of each bed to use throughout your stay. You are welcome to take the slippers home with you, however, we kindly ask that you do not take dressing gowns home with you as these are washed and laid out for future guests to enjoy.


Whilst meals are not included with stays booked at The Dairy, guests are more than welcome to book a table for lunch, dinner, and/or Afternoon Tea at The Swan Hotel. You can find menus and all information via The Swan's dining page using the button below.

Guests are welcome to enjoy two hour's complimentary use of Weavers' House Spa heat and relaxation suites per day, this includes the steam room, sauna, outdoor heated vitality pool and relaxation lounge. Treatments are not included, however, as with restaurant bookings, guests are actively encouraged to enquire and book treatments ahead of their stay. Again, please visit the Weavers' House Spa website for information on all things spa, and how you can add a touch of ahhh to your stay. Please note, those visiting the spa must be aged 16 or over.

Weavers' House Spa


There is parking available for two vehicles up the side of The Dairy, when you see the building, just continue up a little to the right, the parking spaces are marked with a sign.

If you are traveling in more than two vehicles, guests are welcome to make use of either of The Swan's two car parks, each of which is within a short walk of the property. The first is located to the rear of The Swan hotel up Lady Street, the other can be found down Hall Road, behind the East of England Co-op, and is accessed via a code. All information on how to access the coded car park will be provided in your booking confirmation.


The Dairy is located down Water Street in the centre of Historic Lavenham, the village is a hive of activity with an abundance of boutique shops, tearooms, ice cream parlors, and nooks to discover, as well as a local butcher and bakery. Head out on a walk along the old railway line, which runs all the way between Long Melford and Bury St Edmunds. The cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds is under 30 minutes drive and provides a lovely day out, it's home to the Abbey Gardens, Ickworth House, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, and much more. Suffolk's coastal beaches are also within around an hour and a half's drive and are an excellent day out when visiting Suffolk for a longer stint.

Information you need to know...

Check-in for The Dairy is available from 3 pm, this will need to be carried out at The Swan Hotel, where a member of our team will provide you with keys, any extra information you may need, and escort you over to The Dairy. Check-out is by 11 am on your day of departure, all keys are to be returned to The Swan at this time.

The Dairy is a non-smoking building and due to the layout, is unsuitable for mobility issues. Unfortunately, we are unable to welcome pets or children under the age of 5. Please be aware that a full clean will take place after check-out and will not be completed throughout the duration of your stay. Free wifi is available throughout the property.


How to book

To book your stay online, please use the online portal by clicking the 'Make a Booking' button below, to book over the phone please contact reception at The Swan by calling 01787 247477, or you can enquire about a booking via email by filling out the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Make a Booking


Terms and Conditions; we require full pre-payment at the booking stage for stays at The Dairy, this is refundable up until 2 pm, 28 days prior to arrival date. Should you need to cancel or amend your booking after this time, we reserve the right to charge and retain the full cost of your stay, this also applies to non-arrivals as well as early departures. Should you need to cancel, please do so in writing by emailing and we will confirm back to you via email. We highly recommend taking out a form of travel insurance.

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Take a look...

The Priory Dairy, Lavenham, self-catering, dining table laid.
The Priory Dairy, Lavenham, self-catering, lounge area with sofas, coffee table and furnishings
The Priory Dairy, Lavenham, self-catering, door with signage
The Priory Dairy, Lavenham, self-catering, lounge with sofa, coffee table, log burner, TV and dining table
The Priory Dairy, Lavenham, self-catering, kitchen
The Priory Dairy, Lavenham, self-catering, second bedroom with double bed
The Priory Dairy, Lavenham, self-catering, Master bedroom with bed and built in wardrobes

Indulge in Afternoon Tea

available daily at The Swan

The Swan at Lavenham Afternoon Tea cakes
The Swan at Lavenham full afternoon tea spread in the lounge
The Swan at Lavenham Summer Afternoon Tea cakes

The Swan is renowned for its indulgent Afternoon Tea, enjoyed in the lounge or Gallery restaurant. Why not make your visit to Lavenham extra special and book Afternoon Tea during your stay? *Pre-booking required.

Enjoy The Swan's restaurants and Airmen's Bar...

Open for lunch and dinner daily

The Swan at Lavenham dessert, White Chocolate Mousse with flower decoration
The Swan at Lavenham Gallery Restaurant
Toasting with Gin and Tonics

With The Swan's Airmen's Bar and restaurant just across the road, offering lunch, dinner, and Afternoon Tea daily, there's really no need to leave the village at all during your stay at The Dairy! The village is full of other shops, cafes, and amenities, leaving you to relax and explore.

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