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 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.

It has availability at Spring Bank Holiday and Whitsun Half Term.


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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News & Offers from Old Brooder Bunkhouse

Old Brooder Bunkhouse farm stay in Suffolk

June 24th 2020

The Old Brooder Bunkhouse is offering sole use accommodation to smaller Covid-restricted household groups with a 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. 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.



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.



Schools on tour in Suffolk

March 20th 2019

Make the Old Brooder Bunkhouse your base

The Old Brooder Bunkhouse has private rooms for teachers and dormitories for students – and alternative overflow accommodation if you need it.  Whether you’ve arrived on a ferry from Harwich, or are a sports team on tour, a visiting choir to Bury St Edmunds Cathedral, or are doing a Field Study tour, check out the bunkhouse accommodation and what we can offer.  We can provide some or all meals, a meadow to let off steam and play football or rounders in, garden games such as table tennis and table football – and if you haven’t planned your itinerary, why not choose Suffolk as your new destination?  On our own farm students can study history, ecology, geography, the environment, PE, citizenship and art and beyond … Suffolk’s got coastline to study, long distance walks, water sports and river kayaking nearby, castles, historic Wool Town villages, Kentwell Hall historic re-enactment – and so much to inspire the photography, art and literature groups!


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