The Old Brooder, Lavenham, Suffolk for Youth and Schools

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Youth group bunkhouse accommodation sleeping 20, with flexible catering options and tuition available, near Sudbury

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

Available from mid-February.

The Old Brooder Bunkhouse, sleeping 20, is situated down a quiet farm track but within 3 miles of historic Lavenham, 1.25 hrs from London by train and 1 hr from Stansted airport. It is peacefully surrounded by environmentally-friendly farmed countryside, with Grade II* listed hall farmhouse and aisled barns.

These bunkhouse rooms are ideal for teams on tour, school groups visiting nearby Kentwell Hall or the coast, or as overflow from our Tudor barn for large residential groups (combined total 40+ guests) studying the environment, art, photography or the Tudors or WWII here on our quiet farm.

Bring your tutors (or ask what tuition we can offer) and study farmland habitats; run catch-up art/photography sessions in a beautiful landscape with ancient barns, hedges, trees, wildflower meadows, ponds; enjoy the peace and write poetry; run, hug trees or orienteer; eat together inside, picnic or barbecue outside; play football or rounders on the meadows; or ping-pong, badminton or table football. Ask us about the massive Tudor barn for dance, yoga, drama and concert space.

Beyond, you can explore the local medieval Wool Towns Duke of Edinburgh Award style on footpaths or cycle the peaceful village roads of the South Suffolk Cycle Route (we have bikes), hire boats (canoe/kayak) on the River Stour, Go Ape in Thetford Forest, or visit the Suffolk coast.

Newly kitted out, we've tried to be really practical with the sleeping space. There is an upstairs bedroom that sleeps 8 (conventional beds) and downstairs a bunk-bedroom that sleeps 8, and two twin-bunk bedrooms for those who want more privacy or for supervising staff - all extra-wide bunk beds with thick comfy mattresses. There are four showers and four loos, including a downstairs wet shower room for less mobile guests. We can unpack a supermarket delivery, organise catering or you can do it all yourself.


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.
WiFi - at country speeds!
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.


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
Outside Caterers
Other Meals
Full Board Only
Leader Rooms
Risk Assessment
Educational Focus
Presentation Aids
Outdoor Activities
Disabled Facilities

Getting here

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.

Rental Rates

Sole use self-catering from £250/nt midweek; from £600/nt weekends. Mostly 2-night minimum stays but occasionally can offer 1-night stays. Enquire about catering and tuition options or DIY.

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The Old Brooder, Lavenham, Suffolk

Juliet Hawkins

Joined us: 2016
+44 (0)1787 247 235
CO10 9NY
United Kingdom