Old Brooder Bunkhouse, The Hall, Milden, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9NY
: 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, and 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. 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, 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 peaceful village roads of the South Suffolk Cycle Route and our own planned circular routes and Wool Town Quiz. Alternatively use the bunkhouse as a base and 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, go to the 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 22.This accommodation is featured on our map of South of England and South East England and here is its own website.
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W/ends: 2nts from £1200, 1nt (occasionally) from £900. 3nts Bk Hols £1750. Xmas-New Yr (3nts+) £1750+. Extra nts from £300 m/wk: 2nts £600. Small groups/1 nt stays negotiable at short notice. Ask for a quote
By email or telephone, non refundable deposit required.
0.6 mile farm drive is opposite telephone box in village of Milden, fork right in farm yard, bunkhouse car park on left. 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.
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).
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Keep your carbon footprint down and borrow our 20 adult road bikes
Borrow our 20 adult Ridgeback road bikes (or BYO) and planned circular routes to explore the quiet country Suffolk lanes and check out the friendly pubs with good food in pretty villages, or picnic on a nearby nature reserve or millennium green. Alternatively, if you like more of a challenge, try our Wool Town bike trail quiz in teams. And for those who prefer to explore on foot, try out our circular footpath routes and for the hearty, stroll the long distance St Edmunds Way. And then retreat to cook and eat together in the very comfortable and newly kitted out Old Brooder bunkhouse kitchen! More details on our website – click here.
Calling all civilised outdoor hens who love the countryside – borrow our 20 bikes, kayak down the River Stour, or enjoy a sports day and picnic on our ancient flower-filled meadows!
We have masses of ideas for how to escape the town, come down our long farm drive and enjoy our environmentally-friendly farm and the wonderfully rural countryside with local historic Suffolk ‘Wool Town’ villages. Up to 20 civilised country-loving hens can cook, eat and relax together inside or outside have a barbecue or picnic … and get active if you choose with our 20 road bikes, table tennis, croquet, badminton, boules …. Check out our website and ideas for a happy weekend here
Walk, run, hug trees, frolic in meadows, pond dip, read, play, orienteer, paint, photograph, write poetry, sing, feast – indoor space and outdoor classroom on a 500-acre environmentally-friendly working farm.
We welcome small school groups to enjoy our working farm – Tudor re-enactors, WWII ‘evacuees’, musicians, artists, scientists, poets … We can help teach or you can use our working farm as your outdoor classroom – arable crops, grassland, happy pigs, sheep, bantams and a landscape filled with ancient hedges, woodland, ponds, castle earthworks – and lots of wildlife! The Old Brooder bunkhouse and our Tudor barn sleep 40+ guests combined. If you’re changing where you’ve been going for years, check us out here!