Village pub expands into boutique hotel

Long Melford Swan has expanded into a boutique hotel. ''Pictured: Lorna Pissarro, Oliver Macmillan, Chloe Waterson, Rachael Brown and Kuba Hala ANL-151002-161803009
Long Melford Swan has expanded into a boutique hotel. ''Pictured: Lorna Pissarro, Oliver Macmillan, Chloe Waterson, Rachael Brown and Kuba Hala ANL-151002-161803009

A pub in Long Melford run by a trio of siblings has expanded into a boutique hotel offering four luxury bedrooms.

Melford House opened at the end of January as part of an extension of the Long Melford Swan in Hall Street.

The team behind the business – siblings Lorna, Iain and Oliver – also lease the Ram in Hadleigh and the Lavenham Greyhound from Bury St Edmunds pub retailer Greene King.

“We have worked hard to create beautiful and individual rooms with personality that we hope will really wow our guests,” said Lorna.

“Everyone in Long Melford has been incredibly supportive and said how much they are looking forward to having quality guest rooms locally for their friends and family to use.”

As part of the new venture, the Swan has also been expanded to create a large kitchen and new dining area called the Pantry.

Diners at the semi-private “chef’s table” will be able to watch the chef at work in the kitchen through a glass screen.

Melford House has undergone a fresh coat of slate grey paint to transform the former private residence.

Lorna said their immediate aim was to get Melford House up and running, but there is still potential to add more rooms.

“It has been a busy few years as we have worked hard to establish ourselves in Long Melford, Hadleigh and most recently Lavenham, and further work as we have expanded and improved each of the businesses,” she said,

“Moving into bed and breakfast is something we have always wanted to achieve and we are all very proud of Melford House.

“For the time being, our focus is on ensuring we get the business off the ground and perfect our new role as hoteliers.”

Clive Chesser, business unit director for Greene King, said the success of the siblings’ three businesses was down to their dedication to offering good food and customer service.

He said: “I am in no doubt that Melford House will be another success for them and we are very proud to have this family of young and talented entrepreneurs running Greene King pubs.”