Old Brooder Bunkhouse, The Hall, Milden, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9NY
: 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, and 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.
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W/ends: 2nts from £1200, 1nt (occasionally) from £900. 3nts Bk Hols £1750. Xmas-New Yr (3nts+) £1750+. Extra nts from £300 m/wk: 2nts £600. Small groups/1 nt stays negotiable at short notice. Ask for a quote
By email or telephone, non refundable deposit required.
0.6 mile farm drive is opposite telephone box in village of Milden, fork right in farm yard, bunkhouse car park on left. 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.
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).
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ENJOY YOUR SUMMER HOLIDAY WITH WILDFLOWERS, buzzards, newts and other wildlife on our environmentally-friendly farm. Explore ponds, ancient wildflower meadows, castle earthworks, woods ….
You don’t have to go abroad to enjoy wildlife and the countryside … stay on our lovely farm in Suffolk! We have ancient hay meadows with burnet saxifrage, devil’s bit scabious, fairy flax and occasional orchids with common blue and small copper butterflies, and ruby tiger moths. We have ponds with newts, frogs and toads, water beetles, emperor dragonflies and emerald damselflies. We have hedges with singing whitethroats and blackcaps and woods with chiff chaffs and buzzards. Bring your binoculars, borrow our pond net by day and moth trap by night and see what’s flying, swimming or wandering at Milden. For families, borrow our family activity pack to help your children make the most out their farm stay. The Old Brooder bunkhouse sleeps up to 20 in comfort and you can borrow 20 adult road bikes to visit nearby Suffolk Wildlife Trust nature reserves – or take you car to RSPB’s Minsmere on the coast.
LAMBS, DAFFODILS AND SPRING ON A SUFFOLK FARM – Good Friday to Easter Monday available for up to 20 guests who want to enjoy spring in Suffolk – and maybe a farm Easter Egg Hunt ….
Spring is just around the corner here at Milden on our lovely farm. The sun is out, yellow coltsfoot flowers are out, fallow deer are frisking on the meadow, buzzards are wheeling, the bantams are going broody. Our farm tracks await your exploration, our 20 adult road bikes are ready for the Suffolk lanes … and you can hide the Easter eggs in the bunkhouse, garden or even on the farm as part of a big Easter Egg Hunt. Our very comfortable Old Brooder bunkhouse sleeps up to 20 guests – and includes use of 20 adult road bikes, Wool Town bike trail quiz (why not make that part of your Easter Egg Hunt?) and you can all cook and feast together in the kitchen on Easter Day. £1,750 for 3-night stay.
Explore Suffolk’s Long Distance Paths and stay in the Old Brooder bunkhouse. Rural but accessible by train, bike or car, come and stay in Suffolk for a few days of fresh air and walking some beautiful routes through ancient Suffolk countryside with hedges, woods, rivers, medieval Wool villages.
You’re in medieval Wool Town country here with water meadows, Redpoll cattle and Suffolk sheep, timber-framed buildings, ancient woodland, big-hedge countryside and undulating fields of wheat, barley … and National Trust properties (Melford Hall and Lavenham Guildhall) en route.
Try the St Edmunds Way or Stour Valley Path – or sections of it – which take in rivers, medieval villages and towns, woodland, disused railway lines and hedged countryside, and stay within a few miles in our Old Brooder bunkhouse. You can walk three miles along the Brett Valley on footpaths to join St Emund’s Way in the beautiful medieval village of Lavenham, then south along disused railway line with flowers of chalk and ancient woodland (and detour if you want to see Kentwell Hall) to another beautiful ancient town, Long Melford where you can join the Stour Valley Path south-east towards Flatford Mill or west towards Clare. Check out the Long Distant Path routes here.
And whilst you’re here you can stay in our Old Brooder bunkhouse which sleeps 20 – and additional 22 in our completely separate Tudor barn. Check out our website here.