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+ (also in this guide).

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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 Cathedral Cycle Route
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available for Christmas 2023 Available February Half Term 2024 Available Easter 2024 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2024 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Half Term 2024 Available August Bank Holiday 2023 Available October Half Term 2024


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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October Half-term for Halloweenies – The Old Brooder, Suffolk

October 3rd 2023

If you’re looking for Halloween adventures this October half term, come and stay with us and then head for Scaresville (at magnificent Kentwell Hall nearby) where your family will cross over into a twilight world, where reality and imagination merge, with scares and dares, as you traverse the woods, buildings, and parkland.

And for those of you who don’t want dragons and ghosts, we can offer autumn leaves, fruits and fungi in the woods; fallow deer crunching on horse chestnuts and the barn owl hunting at twilight. We’ve got lots of ideas for fresh air activities and indoor challenges to keep a large, mixed-age group entertained without spending a fortune whilst staying in the Old Brooder Bunkhouse on our lovely farm – families can enjoy the big outdoors with our farm trail quizzes, scavenge hunts, tree-hugging and den-building in the woods (and check out the rest of our farm activity pack). Alternatively you can hone your badminton, table tennis and table football skills, or explore local villages on our road bikes – and with this offer, the tennis court too!

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. Thrill-seekers can Go Ape with treetop adventures including a Sundowner adventure in October, Segway through forest or go karting. Nature-loving families can go bird- watching at RSPB Minsmere on the coast where large flocks of ducks gather, along with occasional birds of prey such as marsh and hen harriers, peregrines and short-eared owls, or visit one of Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves and centres where they run activities for all the family.

A few minutes down the road your children can book a slot to do glass painting, ceramic painting, bear building, sand art and other crafts. And for those with really mixed age groups, there are local centres where some can roller-skate while the younger children clamber through tunnels and over obstacles in the soft play area.

Details of Scaresville and other Spooky half-term Halloween fun little and large monsters can be found at www.scaresville.co.uk and www.kentwell.co.uk/events/halloweenies.

Autumn leaves and paint charts in the garden at tudor barn
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Bring your extended family together at Old Brooder Bunkhouse

September 25th 2023

Enjoy the endless amounts of family fun there is to be had at the Old Brooder Bunkhouse situated in the beautiful Suffolk countryside. This modern and quirky hostel offers group accommodation for up to 22 people. It’s just perfect for a family get together, celebrations, birthdays, Christmas and more. Being only a 2-hour drive from London Old Brooder Bunkhouse provides the perfect get away for the whole family with a dramatic change in scenery. The gorgeous meadows and flowering fields of the landscape create a picturesque escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The cozy feel of the property alongside the immersion into nature makes for the ideal break without even having to leave the grounds.

What to do at and around Old Brooder Bunkhouse?

The rural landscape mixed with the connection of the location offers plenty of outdoor and indoor activities such as:

  • Cycle paths – A mixture of off-road cycle routes planned by the hostel and the country roads of the South Suffolk Cycle Route make for perfect days out for any age and ability. Bunkhouse hire includes free use of 20+ adult bikes.
  • Hire boats – Boat trips in Sudbury (a nearby town) offer kayak, canoe, and canal boat tours of the river Stour.



  • Castles and National Trust sites – Within a half an hour drive there is chance to explore the gardens and interior of Hedingham Castle or the National Trust site of Melford Hall as well as other historical locations and activities.
  • Colchester Zoo – Spend the day visiting the lions and elephants at the Colchester Zoo only a 45-minute drive away!
  • Enjoy cozy nights in! – During the winter months indulge in the warm environment of the comfy living room with warm drinks or family board games creating the perfect relaxed night in.


A joyful gathering of friends at Old Brooder Bunkhouse
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