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The Old Brooder bunkhouse sleeps 22 is a modern, comfortable farmstay property
The bunkhouse kitchen is well kitted out for those who wish to cook
Cook and eat together in the kitchen - seating for 22 guests on old pews and elm benches
Relax in cosy upstairs sitting room
All bunk beds are joiner-made oak 3ft wide with super-thick mattresses
The sunny upstairs bedroom sleeps 8 guests in conventional beds
Old Brooder - restored Victorian shepherd's hut sleeps 2 as part of the set up
Inside the comfy Shepherd's Hut twin
There are four showers
.. And four WCs with basins
Enjoy our 20 adult road bikes and explore Suffolk's villages on quiet roads
Kayak or canoe down the River Stour from Sudbury
Barbecue, play croquet or badminton on a summer evening
So much to do on the farm - picnic, walk, paint, bird watch, pond dip ....
Enjoy a work stay away - or bring your school for WWII or Tudor stays
Try out our family activity ideas on the farm - and beyond
Outdoor table tennis, table football, croquet, rounders
Run your own course - music, photography, creative writing - and use our huge Tudor barn space too!
Enjoy our farm wildlife - moths, butterflies, birds, newts, beetles ....
If you need a big indoor space for yoga, dance, teaching or party ask us about our Tudor barn
Put up extra guests in our Milden Hall farmhouse rooms - or Tudor barn
Go slow ... enjoy painting our ancient barns and lovely farm landscape
A warm welcome awaits you at the Old Brooder Bunkhouse
The Old Brooder is available all year round, including Christmas
The bunkhouse kitchen is well kitted out for those who wish to cook
Cook and eat together in the kitchen - seating for 22 guests on old pews and elm benches
Relax in cosy upstairs sitting room
All bunk beds are joiner-made oak 3ft wide with super-thick mattresses

The Old Brooder, Lavenham, Suffolk

Sleeps 2 - 22 5 Bedrooms 22 Dining

Comfortable and affordable bunkhouse sleeping 22 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 2 - 22 in 5 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 comfy sofas 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. A lovingly restored ancient Shepherd's Hut sleeps 2 more adjacent. Four showers/loos, inc 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.

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 23+ bedspaces) ask about our huge beautiful Tudor barn.

Borrow our 20 adult road bikes to explore - try out our Wool Village bike quiz on 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.


Dog Friendly

Sorry, no pets allowed.


Accessible wide external/internal bedroom/wetroom doors. Ground floor bedrooms but not huge for manoeuvring wheelchairs. Ask for details.


Free WiFi


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.

Dining Room

Part of the open plan kitchen - with elm and pine farmhouse tables to seat 22 guests all together on old church pews and benches.

Sitting Room

Cosy upstairs sitting room with sofas/armchairs for 22 - TV, board games, book shelf, local tourist info, planned cycle/walk routes, farm activities.

TV and Music Facilities

TV and WiFi; small, portable sound system/iPod dock for indoor use only.

Games Room

Table football, table tennis outside. Tennis court occ available midweek - ask.

Heating and Open Fires

Central heating - warm on arrival in winter!


Upstairs 1 x 8 single beds. Downstairs bunk bedrooms: 2 x 2, 1 x 8 - 3ft wide single, comfy mattresses in joiner-made oak bunks. Shepherd's hut 1 x 2.


Linen provided, beds made up. Towels available @ £2.50.


Total 4 showers, 4 loos: Downstairs - 2 showers, 2 loos, 1 wet shower room/loo for less mobile guests. Upstairs - 1 shower/loo room.

Children's Facilities

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.

Swimming Pool

There is no swimming pool.


Huge car park - and somewhere to store your bikes under cover.


No smoking inside. Covered area outside for smokers.

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.

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The Old Brooder Bunkhouse

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2 Night Weekend
From £1300
3 Night Weekend
From £2500
Midweek per night
From £400


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.

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

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