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

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Farm stay luxury accommodation near Lavenham

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 22 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, and twin beds in the restored Shepherd’s Hut - 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, scouts, 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 quiet country lanes of the South Suffolk Cycle Route and our own planned circular routes - and try our Wool Town Quiz. BYO bikes if you're on one of the Long Distance Sustrans routes that passes within 2 miles of here. Alternatively 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. Visit 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 23+.

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  • Beds & Rooms:

    22: 3x2, 2x8
  • Open:

    Check booking arrangements
  • Price per night:

    W/ends: 2 nights min from £1250. 3 nights Bank Hols £2,700. 2 nights m/week from £900. Ask for a quote for small groups or 1-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
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available New Year 2022 / 2023 Available Easter 2023


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
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

Late availability w/e 17-19 June – Suffolk farm stay

May 15th 2022

Due to a cancellation the Old Brooder bunkhouse is available @ £1,800 for up to 22 guests (sole use) Friday 17th 4pm to Sunday 19th June midday. Hire includes use of 22 adult road bikes for those aged over 16 – borrow them and explore our gorgeous country lanes. Or walk and picnic on our farm trails – the ancient meadow, the ponds, the woods … they’re all peaking in June! No last minute wild parties please.

Contact us with details of group size, occasion, approx age range – we’ll get back to you.

Late Availability

Cosy farm stay Christmas for 22 in the Old Brooder, Suffolk

September 19th 2021

You will have sole use of this well-kitted out and luxury bunkhouse where you can cook and feast together in the kitchen and relax in the cosy sitting room with family games.

The Old Brooder has space for up to 22 of you to all eat and relax together, five bedrooms including the restored Shepherd’s hut. You can walk off the excesses of Christmas on our farm trails or borrow our bikes to cycle down country lanes to local pubs. Easily accessible from London, the North and West. Minimum 3-night stay.


Enjoy and unwrap Christmas in a seriously comfortable Suffolk bunkhouse that sleeps up to 20 guests

September 6th 2019

The Old Brooder bunkhouse is available for a min Christmas stay of 3 nights. Cosy, centrally heated. Cook and feast together at the long tables in the kitchen – and then relax in the comfortable upstairs sitting room playing family board games or charades. For the energetic, you can walk of the excesses of Christmas around the farm trails or borrow our 20 bikes to visit the local pubs.

Enjoy and unwrap Christmas in a seriously comfortable bunkhouse that sleeps up to 20 guests. Cook, feast and relax together and enjoy the outdoors on our peaceful farm.

The Old Brooder bunkhouse is situated down a long private farm drive in rural Suffolk three miles from historic Lavenham.  Accessible by train, within an hour or so from London, and 16 miles of Colchester, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich.  The bunkhouse us available from 20-29th December with a charge of £1900 for minimum 3 nights. Cook your Christmas feast and eat together at long tables, relax and enjoy time together in the cosy sitting room that can seat you all together. Stylish bunks and conventional beds for 20.

3-night min @ £1,900.


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