Oonagh Brennan from Red reviews The Swan in the February 2018 edition.
“There’s nothing like a wintry seaside break. If summer is all melted ice creams and seagulls stealing your fish and chips, winter by the sea, for me, is about wrapping up in a cosy Woolrich parka for a long walk by the water, the salty air whipping fresh colour back into my cheeks.
Recently, in need of a coastal fix, I headed to the pretty village of Southwold in Suffolk for a weekend at newly renovated The Swan. It’s a 17th-century building, so you get all the romance and tradition of a historic setting, but the new interiors are a modern interpretation of seaside chic – think eau de nil walls and bleached wood, offset by shiny copper piping and cool lighting and shades of green, rose and acid yellow.
Each of the bedrooms feels contemporary yet snug, and boasts a humongous bed alongside thoughtful details like a Nespresso machine for proper coffee (a dream for a caffeine addict like me), plus lovely Temple Spa products in the room.
There’s even an Apple TV in some rooms – ideal for a lazy weekend of binge watching. Holing up in my room with a proper G&T (the hotel is owned by Adnams Brewery and there’s a complimentary bottle of its gin in the room – joy) and room service from my own personal butler (every guest is assigned one) turned out to be the perfect prep for a long beach walk the next day, past rows of lollipop-coloured huts and the iconic Southwold pier.”
Read the entire article in the February 2018 edition of Red.