About Us

 Suzanne and I 2002Verandah House is family owned and run, providing a warm, comfortable and friendly welcome.

Gianfranco (Franco for short)  is Italian!  He does the cooking, so your full Suffolk Breakfast is done with the typical Italian flare!  Just see the Trip Advisor comments on the excellent breakfast he prepares.                                 

Suzanne assists with taking the orders and help welcoming the guests .  Nothing is too much trouble, and if you have any problems with any aspect of your stay they will both endeavour to try and help.

Gianfranco has been in catering since leaving school and attended catering college back in Italy and then spent 3 years in Paris working at top 5* Hotels  When he came to England in the 1970s he worked at The Savoy, and various other top Luxury Hotels in the West End of London, and spending 25 years in a well known St James’ Street Gentleman’s Club.

Suzanne, on the other hand worked all her life in Local Government as a PA amongst other admin roles.  Stopping to have two children.

In 2006 they escaped the London life and ventured into buying this historical property which needed much TLC, after a 5 year plan it is now a  beautiful house  full of charm.  Gianfranco and Suzanne have since been awarded the The Visit Britain 4* Silver, plus the EnjoyEngland Breakfast Award and now the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 Winner!

Verandah House is set in 1/4 acre of beautiful walled English Country garden, a pond and vine-clad pergola provide a perfect setting for complete relaxation.

Situated in Stowmarket in Suffolk, Verandah House sits mid-way between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.

The town is surrounded by peaceful rural landscapes and many picturesque villages. The delightful Heritage Coast towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold are within easy reach, as is Lavenham, probably the most resplendant of the Suffolk wool towns. Even the beauty of Dedham Vale in the heart of Constable Country is only a short drive away.

It would be hard to find a better environment or location for your visit, all this together with plenty of private parking secured behind a five-bar gate.

All year round, for business or pleasure, we will do our very best to make your stay memorable and happy.