Boasting a garden and views of quiet street, The Swan Inn is a bed and breakfast situated in a historic building in Monks Eleigh, 24 km from Hedingham Castle. It is located 25 km from The Apex and provides full-day security. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a sun terrace. The units at the bed and breakfast are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. With a private bathroom equipped with a walk-in shower and a hair dryer, units at the bed and breakfast also offer free WiFi. At the bed and breakfast, all units are equipped with bed linen and towels. An à la carte, Full English/Irish or vegan breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. A bar can be found on-site. Guests at the bed and breakfast will be able to enjoy activities in and around Monks Eleigh, like cycling. Ickworth House is 29 km from The Swan Inn, while Freeport Braintree is 38 km away. The nearest airport is London Stansted Airport, 65 km from the accommodation.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.5 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.7)

Breakfast info

Full English/Irish, Vegan, Gluten-free

Free parking available on-site


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Room type
Number of guests
1 extra-large double bed
2 single beds
1 single bed
1 double bed
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Guest reviews


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  • Mark
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    We've stayed here before and will always come back because the inn is lovely and the owners are friendly, welcoming and hospitable.
  • Bernadette
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Charming pub with lots of character. Hosts were so lovely and even gave us a lift to Kersey mill and back for a night . Breakfast was very tasty and room facilities perfect
  • Mark
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    The owners were brilliant and welcoming. The Doggie Manager was very professional and friendly. The food was better than most restaurant standards. Room was set up perfectly. You couldn't ask for a better place to stay. They treat you like family.

Managed by Penney Inns Ltd

Company review score: 9.9Based on 81 reviews from 1 property
1 managed property

Company information

Staying at The Swan Inn you are assured of a warm welcome from your hosts Julie and Stephen. For a little Village Monks Eleigh has a lot to offer, our community shop and post office and just a short walk away there's Lavenham Falconry centre, Corn Craft gift shop & tea rooms, Bridge Farm plant centre and Sarah's attic vintage furniture shop. The medieval village of Lavenham is just 3 miles away noted for it's Guildhall, Little Hall, 15th century Church, half-timbered medieval cottages and circular walks. Just 8 miles away is the Town of Sudbury which was the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough, his home is now a museum to his work and is open to the public.

Property information

A stunning 16th Century thatched inn, in the heart of the pretty Suffolk village of Monks Eleigh. With an inglenook fireplace and log burner it's perfect for those cold winter nights and in the summer enjoy a drink al fresco on our sun terrace overlooking our wonderful village green. ** PLEASE NOTE** Our restaurant is permanently closed but there are some great restaurants nearby and the option for take away to be delivered. PUB OPENING TIMES: DRINKS ONLY Closed Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays Thursday 4pm - close (usually around 10pm) Friday & Saturday 2pm - close (usually around 10:30pm) Sunday 2pm - close (usually around 8pm)

Neighbourhood information

Monks Eleigh is a charming Suffolk village surrounded by open countryside. The village sits in the Brett Valley, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty frequented by both walkers and cyclists. The medieval village of Lavenham is renowned for its excellent restaurants and selection of independent shops. Ipswich is 15 miles East & Colchester is about 15 miles to the south both with an excellent range of shops. Sudbury is 6 miles away and is the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough.

Language spoken


Property surroundings

Facilities of The Swan Inn
Great facilities! Review score, 9.5

Most popular facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free parking
  • Family rooms
  • Tea/coffee maker in all rooms
  • Bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linen
  • Alarm clock
  • View
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun terrace
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack
Pets are allowed on request. Charges may be applicable.
  • Cycling
Media & Technology
  • iPod dock
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Radio
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Wine/champagne
    Additional charge
  • Bar
  • Tea/Coffee maker
Free WiFi 5 Mbps. Suitable for browsing the internet and sending and receiving emails and messages. Speed test carried out by the host.
Free public parking is possible on site (reservation is not possible).
  • Street parking
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Wake up service/Alarm clock
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
Entertainment and family services
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Board games/puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
  • 24-hour security
  • Safety deposit box
  • Designated smoking area
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Laptop safe
  • Carpeted
  • Fan
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
Languages spoken
  • English

Property practices

This property has told us they implemented certain practices across some or all of these categories: waste, water, energy and greenhouse gases, destination and community, and nature.

House rules

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From 14:00 to 22:00


Until 10:30



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

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Cot and extra bed policies

Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

Payments by takes your payment on behalf of the property for this reservation. During your stay you can pay for any extras using Mastercard, ​Visa and American Express .


Smoking is not allowed.


Parties/events are not allowed

Quiet hours

Guests must be quiet between 23:00 and 08:00.


Pets are allowed on request. Charges may be applicable.

The fine print
Need-to-know information for guests at this property

This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.

Quiet hours are between 23:00:00 and 08:00:00.

FAQs about The Swan Inn

  • Room options at The Swan Inn include:

    • Twin/Double
    • Triple

  • The Swan Inn offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling

  • The Swan Inn is 0.6 miles from the centre of Monks Eleigh. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Guests staying at The Swan Inn can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 8.5).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Full English/Irish
    • Vegan
    • Gluten-free
    • À la carte

  • The prices at The Swan Inn may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Check-in at The Swan Inn is from 14:00, and check-out is until 10:30.