Old Brooder Bunkhouse, The Hall, Milden, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9NY
Call Juliet Hawkins on 01787 247235
OverviewThe 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. From April 2020, a restored old Shepherd's Hut will sleep a further two guests. 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+.
Beds & Rooms:22: 3x2, 2x8
Open:Check booking arrangements
Price per night:W/ends: 2nt min from £1400. 3nts Bk Hols £1900. 2nt 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 Walks
This accommodation is available only to groups, gives a Best Price Guarantee, is an 'Eco Hostel' and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the Re-opening for Summer 2020 page, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award page, the page of accommodation near Castles and the map of accommodation for school groups.
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Old Brooder Bunkhouse farm stay in Suffolk
June 24th 2020
The Old Brooder Bunkhouse will be re-opening for sole hire groups from 4th July. We are offering it to smaller Covid-restricted sized family groups with corresponding discount. Check us out!
Whilst the bunkhouse usually sleeps one group of up to 22 in 5 separate bedrooms, smaller groups of up to 12 guests can book at discounted rates from July. And when restrictions ease we can offer correspondingly larger group bookings. Masses of space to BBQ, picnic, bike ride, walk and picnic in beautiful countryside. Contact us for the New Normal offers and what we are doing to keep you safe.
Low carbon footprint holidays in Suffolk
February 13th 2020
5-15% discounts for Cycling Clubs, and sausages for others who arrive by bike. We have bikes to borrow – and lots of activity ideas for how to be green guests – walking, cycling, kayaking.
Our challenging environmental policy includes action on energy use, transport, water use, re-using and recycling, farm management, wildlife, history and the landscape. We generate more electricity with solar panels than we use; we have used British oak to make our bunkbeds; bedspreads are made of recycled Indian saris and blankets are bought from charity shops; we make our own compost for garden pots to reduce peat digging elsewhere; we provide 22 bikes for guests so you can leave your cars behind. And we’ve masses of activity ideas to keep your carbon footprint down while you stay walking, cycling (long and short routes) and kayaking. We’re green and we’re proud of it – and want to spread the word. Quote IHUKbike when enquiring.
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.