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. 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+.

This accommodation is featured on our map of South of England and South East England and here is its own website.


  • 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 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. It is on the map of accommodation for school groups, the page of accommodation near Castles and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award page.

It has availability at Easter, February Half Term, Spring Bank Holiday and Whitsun Half Term and August Bank Holiday.


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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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.

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Easter bunnies on the farm in Suffolk – for 22

January 3rd 2020

The Old Brooder bunkhouse has availability for 13-19 April for a midweek 2-night min stay during the Easter holidays – and Easter Egg Hunt farm trail for guests to make the most of the big outdoors.

Enjoy our working farm in spring – lambs, daffodils down the long drive, spring scavenge hunts, dawn chorus if you can get up early, nest-building …. and if you haven’t had enough chocolate, you can try out our all-age Easter Egg Hunt quiz on the farm. And if you’re staying for several days, Suffolk has lots to entertain – try Go Ape treetop adventures, Segway in the forest, karting, family activity days at local nature reserves, castles and museums.
The Old Brooder bunkhouse sleeps 22 guests in five bedrooms, including a newly restored ancient Shepherd’s Hut. There are three private rooms sleeping two and two larger rooms sleeping eight in each. 17-19th April weekend @ £1,600 and additional nights @ £450. 3 night midweek stay during 13-17th April @ £1,500 or £600/night. Easter Egg Hunt quiz included. Send details of group, occasion, and ideal dates and we will send a quote.

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Escape to rural Suffolk – Feb half-term farm-stay for 22

December 18th 2019

Our wonderfully cosy, stylish Old Brooder bunkhouse is available for 2+ night sole use stays during half term week – and the longer the stay, the better the rate! Escape to accessible, rural Suffolk.

The Old Brooder bunkhouse is perfect for a large group who wish to quickly escape to real countryside from London by train (1.25 hrs) or car. The bunkhouse suits guests who want lots of daytime fresh air activities (football, rounders and Frisbee on the meadow, farm activity pack, planned walks and bike rides) and a warm, homely place in the evening where you can cook and eat together, relax and play board games together in the cosy sitting room.

Suffolk has lots to offer even in the depths of winter to get families out and about and well entertained – borrow our on-farm activity pack for all ages or venture further afield for forest and coastal adventures. For high-octane excitement try Go Ape or Segway in the forest or karting; and for nature lovers check out the family activity days at local nature reserves. Enjoy a Middle-Earth Adventure and Lord of the Rings themed family challenge ‘Ring Quest’ (15-23 Feb). Historians can visit castles and museums including the new exhibitions at the National Trust’s Sutton Hoo ancient ship burial site.

If the weather is beastly, book a slot for the children at the crafts centre just minutes down the road. Ed Sheeran fans can visit a special exhibition that charts the singer’s rise from Suffolk schoolboy to international star – curated by his Dad! And railway enthusiasts might enjoy local Lavenham’s limited time Century of the Railway exhibition. Or go roller-skating while the younger guests scoot over obstacles and through tunnels in a soft play area in local centres.

The Old Brooder bunkhouse sleeps 22 guests in five bedrooms, including a newly restored ancient Shepherd’s Hut. There are three private rooms sleeping two and two larger rooms sleeping eight in each. 2 night Feb half term weekends IHUK 10% discount to @ £1,350 and additional nights @ £450. 2 night midweek stay @ £900-£1,200 and thereafter extra nights @ £400-450. Send details of group, occasion, and ideal dates and we will send a quote. Must mention ‘IHUK 10%’ for weekend discount.

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