Long Melford – home to TV’s Lovejoy – is as achingly pretty as a Suffolk village can be, and the Swan is in the middle of it. Enter the airy bar, with blond oak beams and pale blue palette, an open fire, background music, original art, the odd dozing dog. In the restaurant: cool tartan carpeting and bold feature walls, shining glasses and upholstered chairs. As for the food, it’s modern, Suffolk-local and executed with flair, from the eggs en cocotte at breakfast to the small plates for gourmets (the cockle popcorn with crab mayonnaise is fabulous) to a full-blown herb-crusted rack of lamb for two to share, with confit shallots and château potatoes. Parents can relax in the terraced, parasol’d garden; drinkers can choose whatever they fancy: a peachy bellini, an espresso Martini, a Sancerre rosé, a pint of Green King IPA. Stay the night? Yes please. Next door is Melford House with luxy bedrooms, each better than the last. Say wow to sumptuous headboards, gilt framed mirrors, subtle colours, atmospheric lighting and bathrooms with Noble Isle toiletries. You could hardly be more spoiled!