The Old Brooder, Lavenham, Suffolk

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Sleeps
4-20
Bedrooms
4
Dining
20
  • Weekly price
    Contact Owner
  • 2 night weekend
    from £ 1300
  • 3 night weekend
    from £ 1800
  • Midweek per night
    from £ 300

Joined us:

2016
Property Type: 
Bunkhouses
Comfortable and affordable bunkhouse sleeping 20 with plenty of space for family and friend groups, near Sudbury

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends.
The Old Brooder, Lavenham, Suffolk, sleeps 4-20 in 4 bedrooms.

The very comfortable Old Brooder is situated down a quiet farm track within 3 miles of historic Lavenham but accessible from afar - 1.25hrs by train from London or come from the north and 1 hr from Stansted airport. It is peacefully surrounded by wildflower meadows and hedged countryside, with Grade II* listed hall farmhouse and aisled barns. Here, friends, walkers, cyclists, civilised hens, teams on tour, schools, scouts or those with a modest budget can get together on our environmentally friendly farm.

Whilst called a bunkhouse, it is a seriously lovely one with artwork all over the walls, a riot of colour (stained glass windows, textiles, tiles, goatskin lamps ...) and you can relax on sofas and armchairs in the upstairs sitting room. The sunny upstairs bedroom sleeps 8 (conventional beds) and downstairs there are two twin-bunk bedrooms for those who want more privacy and a bedroom that sleeps 8 in extra-wide bunk beds with thick comfy mattresses. There are four showers and loos, inc a downstairs wetroom for less mobile guests.

You can cook and eat together in the well-kitted kitchen - and we can unpack a supermarket delivery for you or you can pre-book delivered meals that you simply get out of the fridge/freezer on arrival. There's a drying room for wet clothes.

Here you can enjoy our ancient meadows, ponds, woods and hedges - bring your binoculars, check out the birds and butterflies, run, hug trees, pond dip, read, bike, photograph, paint and, at the end of the day, eat together and on a summer evening you can barbecue outside and play ping-pong, croquet, badminton or table football - or cycle to one of the many excellent local pubs. For parties, concerts, yoga, dance or indoor classroom if it's wet, (or another 22 bedspaces) ask about our huge beautiful Tudor barn.

Borrow our 20 adult road bikes to explore - try out our Wool Village bike quiz on the peaceful country lanes of the South Suffolk Cycle Route and our own planned circular cycle and footpath routes. Or kayak down the River Stour, Go Ape in Thetford Forest, or visit the Suffolk coast. Or simply potter around local National Trust properties, gorgeous churches or antique shops.

Facilities

Well-equipped kitchen (double electric oven with 5 hotplates, microwave) - we can unpack a food delivery or get a chef in to cook for you.
Part of the open plan kitchen - with elm and pine farmhouse tables to seat 20 guests all together on old church pews and benches.
Cosy upstairs sitting room with sofas/armchairs for 20 - TV, board games, book shelf, local tourist info, planned cycle/walk routes, farm activities.
TV and WiFi; small, portable sound system/iPod dock for indoor use only.
Free WiFi
Table football, table tennis outside. Tennis court occ available midweek - ask.
Central heating - warm on arrival in winter!
Upstairs 1 x 8 conventional single beds. Downstairs bunk bedrooms: 2 x 2, 1 x 8. All 3ft wide single, comfy mattresses in joiner-made oak bunks.
Linen provided, beds made up. Towels available @ £1.
Total 4 showers, 4 loos: Downstairs - 2 showers, 2 loos, 1 wet shower room/loo for less mobile guests. Upstairs - 1 shower/loo room.
Accessible wide external/internal bedroom/wetroom doors. Ground floor bedrooms but not huge for manoeuvring wheelchairs. Ask for details.
Limited for those under the age of 10. Age-appropriate board/outdoor games, books, planned farm and wildlife activity ideas.
20 bikes. BBQ, table tennis & football, badminton, garden games. Meadow for football/rounders. Explore our farm wildlife. Occ tennis court midweek.
There is no swimming pool.
Huge car park - and somewhere to store your bikes under cover.
No smoking inside. Covered area outside for smokers.
Sorry, no pets allowed.

Location

0.5 mile down Milden Hall's farm drive. 3 miles from Lavenham, 1.25 hrs train from London Liverpool Street (Sudbury station 15 mins), trains from north/west to Bury St Edmunds,1 hour Stansted airport.
Lavenham 3 miles with supermarket, butcher, baker, antique shops, pubs, tea shops. Sudbury, with train station 6.6 miles, supermarkets, market day. Bury St Edmunds 15 miles, Colchester 19 miles.
Monks Eleigh community post office 2 miles.
The Swan Inn, Monks Eleigh 2 miles. Several others a bit further in all directions.

Booking Information

Ask for a quote. Flexible booking periods but usually: 2-night w/e Friday 4pm - Sunday midday, or 3-night to Monday midday; midweek flexible. Damage deposit £400. Read t&cs for what is included, booking procedure, notes esp on noise, children, rowdy groups. Sorry no stags or really rowdy groups.

Self Catering
Yes
Outside Caterers
Yes
Breakfast
No
Other Meals
Yes
Full Board Only
No
Wi-fi
Yes
Games Room
Yes
Hot Tub
No
Swimming Pool
No
Tennis Court
No
Pets
No
Open Fire
No
Disabled Access
Yes

Getting here

Milden
Lavenham
Suffolk
CO10 9NY
United Kingdom
Sudbury train station - 6.6 miles, 15 mins, £12+ taxi journey. Bury St Emunds 15 miles.
Too rural for a bus here! Nearest bus stop 3 miles or so in Lavenham.
Stansted Airport - 39 miles, 1 hr drive, £55 taxi journey or less.

Late Deals

Christmas 2019 Late Deals

Pre-Christmas weekend, 3 or 4 night Christmas, nights between Christmas and New Year - check out our options for short breaks for large groups - cook, feast and celebrate together.

Between Christmas & New year 2019 Late Deals

Betwixt Xmas & NY 27-30th Dec for mixed age family groups - cook, feast and celebrate together. Large kitchen, feast together, family games, bikes to explore winter lanes.

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The Old Brooder, Lavenham, Suffolk
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Juliet Hawkins

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+44 (0)1787 247 235
Milden
Lavenham
Suffolk
CO10 9NY
United Kingdom