Old Brooder Bunkhouse, The Hall, Milden, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9NY

Call Juliet Hawkins on 01787 247235


The Old Brooder bunkhouse is situated down a long drive on our environmentally-friendly working farm in rural Suffolk within three miles of historic Lavenham, but accessible by train and within an hour or so from London, and 16 miles of Colchester, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich. The bunkhouse is surrounded by ancient wildflower meadows, ponds,hedged countryside, ancient listed barns and Milden Hall farmhouse. The bunkhouse sleeps 20 single guests in two 8-bed rooms and two 2-bed rooms with 3ft wide, joiner-made oak bunk beds and conventional beds with comfortable mattresses, all made up with linen. 4 WC, 4 separate showers. You can all cook and eat together in the kitchen or relax together in the cosy upstairs sitting room. The bunkhouse is perfect for friends, walkers, cyclists, school or church groups, and civilised hens to get together, BBQ on a summer evening, play croquet, badminton, ping-pong,table football, rounders, football - and beyond explore the tracks and enjoy the wildlife around our lovely farm. Bunkhouse hire includes the use of 20 adult road bikes so you can explore the local historic towns on the peaceful village roads of the South Suffolk Cycle Route and our own planned circular routes and Wool Town Quiz. Alternatively use the bunkhouse as a base and hire boats and kayak down the River Stour from Sudbury, Go Ape in Thetford Forest, visit local National Trust properties, enjoy Gainsborough House art exhibitions and print workshop courses, explore local castles (and our own castle earthworks) or re-enact different eras at nearby Kentwell Hall or the West Stow Anglo Saxon village, go to the bird reserves on the coast and nature reserves closer to home - or spend a wet day at Colchester Zoo. If you have a larger group or a bigger budget consider the completely the separate Tudor barn which sleeps 22. This accommodation is featured on our map of South of England and South East England and here is its own website.


  • Rooms & Beds:

    20: 2x2, 2x8
  • Open:

    Check booking arrangements
  • Price per night:

    W/ends: 2nt min from £1400. 3nts Bk Hols £1800. Xmas-New Yr (3nts+) £1900+. 2nt midweek stay £900. Ask for a quote for small groups or one-night stays.
  • Booking:

    By email or telephone, non refundable deposit required.
  • Directions:

    0.6 mile farm drive is opposite telephone box in village of Milden, fork right in farm yard, bunkhouse car park on left. Or ... 0.3 mile front drive on sharp bend (and quite easy to miss, especially in the dark) on the B1115 between Milden crossroads and Little Waldingfield village.
  • Public Transport:

    Train: from south to Sudbury (15mins) change at Marks Tey on Liverpool St-Colchester line, from north and west to Bury St Edmunds (25 mins).
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation is available only to groups, gives a Best Price Guarantee, is an 'Eco Hostel' and has a pub within walking distance.


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
rDisabled Access
dBedding provided
gFully heated
mMeals available (with notice)
nBreakfast available (with notice)
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
iDrying room
pClothes washing facilities
uWithin 3 miles of NCN
wGroups Only
9Best Price Guarantee


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News & Offers from Old Brooder Bunkhouse

Schools on tour in Suffolk

March 20th 2019

Make the Old Brooder Bunkhouse your base

The Old Brooder Bunkhouse has private rooms for teachers and dormitories for students – and alternative overflow accommodation if you need it.  Whether you’ve arrived on a ferry from Harwich, or are a sports team on tour, a visiting choir to Bury St Edmunds Cathedral, or are doing a Field Study tour, check out the bunkhouse accommodation and what we can offer.  We can provide some or all meals, a meadow to let off steam and play football or rounders in, garden games such as table tennis and table football – and if you haven’t planned your itinerary, why not choose Suffolk as your new destination?  On our own farm students can study history, ecology, geography, the environment, PE, citizenship and art and beyond … Suffolk’s got coastline to study, long distance walks, water sports and river kayaking nearby, castles, historic Wool Town villages, Kentwell Hall historic re-enactment – and so much to inspire the photography, art and literature groups!


Get arty in Suffolk

March 16th 2019

Make the Old Brooder Bunkhouse your art or photography home-base

Suffolk has big, big landscapes, beautiful buildings, pebbly coast, heathland, woodland, fens …. something for everyone to paint, draw, photograph.  Bring your own group and tutor (or we can find you one) and you won’t have to go far to find a subject that interests you.  Here on our working farm we have ancient barns, trees, newt-filled ponds, woods, flower-rich meadows … and you can borrow a bike to visit local churches, Wool Town villages, nature reserves and other  inspiring places.  If it rains, artists have settled themselves down in the gazebo in our walled garden, the greenhouse or our dusty (modest) museum of artefacts found on the farm.  Bring your art GCSE group, your photography A-level students, or local art group …. send us details of group size and we’ll send you a quote.


Listen to the sap rise at the Old Brooder Bunkhouse

March 12th 2019

Check out the spring wildlife – and late availability weekends and a midweek break in rural Suffolk

Weekend of 5-7th April and midweek short breaks between 14-18th April still available for large group of 20 – or less.  Make the Old Brooder Bunkhouse your base for an Easter adventure in Suffolk – Easter Egg Hunts on the farm, dawn chorus in the woods, amphibian watching in the ponds, queen bumblebees, brimstone butterflies … and listen to the sap rise in the trees (we’ll show you how)!  Borrow our adult road bikes to explore the Suffolk villages and nature reserves , take the children on scavenge hunts around the farm.  Get in touch with group size for a quote.Group walking from Old Brooder Bunkhouse

In the woods around Old Brooder Bunkhouse suffolk

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