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Tudor Barn - digging for victory
Tudor Barn - a large space to dance, play table tennis, put on a concert or play
Tudor Barn - digging for victory

Tudor Barn, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk

2 - 25 5 Bed

Inspirational venue sleeping 23 for youth and school groups for education, music and activities, near Ipswich

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends. Tudor Barn, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk, sleeps 2 - 25 in 5 bedrooms.

Ancient, whacky, quirky, beautiful, unusual, inspirational … Our huge Tudor barn provides very comfortable but highly unusual accommodation in which groups can, if they wish, step back into the 16th century. (The separate Old Brooder bunkhouse provides additional sleeping for 20.)
Sleep in oak four-poster beds, truckle beds and box beds and feast at oak banquet tables. And if you want, dress up and go Tudor for an evening – eat off wooden platters, learn to dance – and play games -Tudor style! More bedrooms sleep 6+ in adjacent farmhouse.
Outdoor adventure, eco-challenges, WWII & Tudor history days. The 500-acre environmentally friendly farm is an outdoor classroom to explore, orienteer around, pond dip, tree hug, study insects, build dens, metal detect and much more. And if it rains you can carry on indoors in the massive barn space – basket-weave, whittle hazel, paint, sing, dance, make lanterns, or study flints, pottery and WWII artefacts in the little farm museum.
You can use our quiet farm as a base to do your own thing or we can provide guidance, support, tutors and help design activities or local itineraries that suit your particular needs for midweek
• Day only
• Accommodation only or
• Activity breaks with accommodation, tailor-made to suit curriculum topics or just fun, confidence- & team-building days away from school
We grow arable crops, flower-rich grassland, happy pigs and wild game, ancient hedges, woodland, ponds and lots of wildlife! We have Norman castle earthworks and prehistoric, Roman and medieval farm finds. An annual regional or national winner of the Wildlife Trusts’ Wildlife Watch Award for six years, and 16 years of hosting and teaching on school visits.
Minimise your carbon and water footprint! We have an award-winning environmental policy – the wood-burner barn uses hedge-coppice firewood, we avoid packaging wherever possible, we recycle and compost, we encourage you to use your feet and our fleet of bicycles.



Occasionally a well-behaved dog by special arrangement. Must not chase sheep, chickens, pigs, cat and nesting birds and not get on furniture etc.

Disabled Facilities

Ground-level living but some stairs, wheelchair access loo. No disability grading.


Mobile reception. Internet access by arrangement in farmhouse or WiFi by 4G


Big cooker, plate-warmer, 2 dishwashers, 2 fridges, freezer, microwave. Masses of workspace. China/cutlery/glasses - 80+ of each. BBQ& local charcoal.

Dining Room

Locally-made Suffolk oak banquet tables to seat 50 plus trestles and chairs for 80+. All china, glass, cutlery for 80+ supplied.

Sitting Room

Massive sitting area for 20+ around giant wood burner + small TV, books, videos, games, children's toys.

TV and Music Facilities

TV/DVD, big PA system by arrangement and smaller iPod docking station/CD-radio players in various rooms for reasonable noise levels!

Games Room

Table tennis, table football in barn, numerous games such as twister, scrabble. 20+ bikes and planned activities - see activities in property text.

Heating and Open Fires

Under-floor heating in Cartlodge end. Huge wood burner burning 24/7 in winter, with daytime giant heaters in barn. All fuel included in price.


2dbles, 2twin, 1triple, 1 sleeps 16 x 4-posters/singles in huge barn + travel cots. Some en suite/ground flr. Farmhouse B&B sleeps 8+.


Made-up beds and towels provided - but if you BYO towel we donate £1 to Suffolk Wildlife Trust for nature reserve acquisition.


Complicated but in summary - 2 bathrooms, 6 showers, 9 loos (and more in separate farmhouse b&b & bunkhouse).

Children's Facilities

High chairs, travel cots, games, books, toys, outdoor activity packs & on-farm ideas, dressing up box, table tennis, table football, assorted bikes.


20+ adult road-bikes (2 toddler seats), 500 acres farm trails, garden, BBQ, tennis court, badminton, croquet, boules, cryptic clue treasure hunt.

Swimming Pool

We have no pool on site, but there are two public pools within 15 minutes.


Unlimited parking.


No smoking in any building.

Tennis Court

BYO tennis rackets, tennis balls and soft shoes.

Electric Vehicle Charging

Ask us for the key and we'll explain the system!

Booking Information

Booking periods flexible; usually 2-night-min Changeover days usually Sun/Mon/Fri. Price varies from £1500 in Jan for 23 guests to £2,640 for 23 most months for a 2-night weekend. Min prices vary depending on group size, occasion, season. Midweek breaks 2-nights min @ £25-30pppn. Ask for quote.

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Tudor Barn

Please contact the owner for availability dates

Late Deals

October 2023 Late Deals

W/e 20-22 Oct @ £1,500 for 15 guests, extras @ £50pp. Inc use of bikes, tennis court

October Half Term 2023 Late Deals

Any 3 nights midweek £1,500 for 10 guests. Extra guests @ £75pp. Inc use of bikes, tennis court

Christmas 2023

3-nights: 23-26 or 24-27 Dec @ £3,000 for 18 guests, extra guests @ £100.

Twixt Xmas/New Year 2023

2-nights: 26-28 or 27-29 Dec @ £2,000 for 20 guests, extra guests @ £50pp

January 2024 Late Deals

All Jan w/e @ £1,500 for up to 20 guests. Or ask for eco-tariff £960 for 12 guests.

November 2023 Late Deals

W/e 17-19 Nov @ £2,000 for 20 guests. extras @ £50pp. Inc Tudor costumes, road bikes


London, Stansted airport and Harwich ferry 90 minutes or less. Minutes from historic villages Lavenham and Long Melford.

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  • Sudbury 6 miles, Colchester 15 miles, Bury St Edmunds 15 miles.
  • 3 miles historic Lavenham - butcher, baker, small supermarket etc; further afield 15 minutes big supermarkets.
  • 2 miles village shop, 3 miles supermarket, 4 miles award-winning farm shop.
  • 2 miles fantastic pub/restaurants.
  • Stansted airport 30 miles.

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Tudor Barn - digging for victory

Youth & School Trips

Large, atmospheric ancient barn provides unusual accommodation for 23 (and separate bunkhouse for 20). Study, explore, play, sing, dance in these beautiful environmentally friendly farm surroundings.

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Please contact the owner for availability dates

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