What can I say! Having had the perfect hen do in mind and struggling to find somewhere affordable that suited the needs of my very relaxed group of 17 women, I had almost given up hope when one of my bridesmaids stumbled upon this gem. We had been looking for somewhere to get away and chill out without a stripper or a fluffy pink head bopper in sight, but rather trees and fields and rivers, and this did NOT disappoint. The location was beautifully rural and so peaceful, but also just a short drive away from local shops and pubs. The house itself was immaculately clean and set up for groups like us, with plenty of showers, toilets, comfy sofa space and long tables for group meals. The bedrooms were spotless, the beds were incredibly comfy and there was plenty of space for outdoor activities as well as car parking. Juliet was a brilliant host, catering for all our needs and being so accommodating. One of my friends ran a pottery painting class and another ran a yoga class, both of which worked well in the space we had. We spent a beautiful sunny Saturday kayaking down the river to a lovely pub where we sat and had some drinks and food before heading back. I just cannot fault this place, it made for the most fantastic hen do, every single person enjoyed it and it was the perfect location for the group to get to know each other and enjoy a lovely relaxing weekend before the wedding mayhem at the end of June. Thank you SO much Juliet for such a wonderful stay and we will definitely be looking to come back one day!
We stayed here for my sisters hen at the end of May. After a long searching process I found the Brooder Bunkhouse and I couldn't believe my luck- Stunning accommodation at a very affordable price! When I first booked, the building was still in renovation processes but I knew it would be fabulous based on the rest of the Tudor Barn website. Well, it far exceeded my highest expectations!
The whole group was so impressed by the luxury of the bunkhouse and the beauty of the farm and surrounding area. The eclectic and globally inspired decor received so many compliments. The bunkhouse is finished to such a high standard with a gorgeous kitchen, living room and ridiculously comfortable beds. The building is superbly set up for groups and accommodated all our group activities perfectly over the weekend. All the recommendations that Juliet, the owner, made prior to us arriving were invaluable and really took the hassle out of organising the weekend.
Here are just a few of things we did-
We went on a lovely bike ride to local Kersey using the bunkhouse bikes. The countryside is stunning and the bikes were so comfortable and easy to ride. They were a pleasure to cycle. (Juliet provided maps and a local quiz which definitely took the hassle out of organising a group cycle)
I organised a life drawing class with a hen party twist, through a company suggested by Juliet. Eastern Life Drawing were brilliant! I couldn't recommend them highly enough. Rob, the model, tailored the whole class around my sister and prepared a special theme to make it personal to her. It was so much fun and was hilarious too. I don't think any of the hens will forget it in a hurry!
We ordered in homemade catered food from the Suffolk homemade food- it was delicious!
We also ordered Indian from local Lavenham- Memsaab had so many dishes on offer and some really nice alternatives to your regular Indian. The whole group commented on how tasty it was. (The only small drawback is that you need to drive and collect the food, worth keeping in mind)
The beautiful bunkhouse and all of Juliet's recommendations made for a really memorable weekend that my sister loved. I will be actively looking for a reason to return and book again!
Juliet and Christopher are perfect hosts and have created an amazing space for a large group. We were there for my sisters hen weekend and it enabled us to have relaxation and fun at the same time. We visited Ipswich and chartered a boat, stayed more local for dinner in the lovely town of Sudbury and had a night in our PJ's and cooked in the well equipped kitchen. All the facilities at the bunkhouse are 5 star, the beds are ridiculously comfortable. Best night sleep I've had a for a while and I know the other girls agreed! We will definitely be back.
We had a wonderful weekend at the Brooder Bunkhouse. The bunkhouse was perfect for a party of 20 girls. The equipment in the property was first class, everything that you needed! Comfortable kitchen area to sit around and have drinks whilst cooking, perfect cosy lounge upstairs, with plenty of room for us to dance. The bedrooms were very good and lovely comfortable beds. Highly recommend the bunkhouse and will definitely return. The owners provided maps and guides for walks and the location was amazing.
Set in beautiful countryside, with plenty of outdoor space for a games-mad family. It exceeded all expectations in terms of value for money; well laid out for large groups, well equipped and comfortably furnished. Despite most of the accommodation being dorm style, everyone commented on how good the mattresses were, and we all loved the property's very individual, colourful style. Lots of good bathrooms and loos, so no queuing even at peak times! We only did one walk as this was a very overdue family catch up, and we mainly stayed around the house and garden, but it was clear from all the literature in the house, that the area would be an interesting one to explore. We would not hesitate to recommend this to friends or family- we had a wonderful weekend!
We had a fantastic weekend at the Bunkhouse - the accommodation is absolutely lovely and the surroundings are beautiful. The Bunkhouse is very comfortable and homely, with everything you could ever need. Lovely beds, kitchen and living room. Plenty of bathrooms and showers - a must for 15 ladies! We had the best fun, cooking together and eating round the lovely rustic farmhouse-style tables, playing games and doing crafts - as well as making a few cocktails! We did a wonderful circular walk to nearby Lavenham. It's a stunning little town, definitely worth a visit. Had lunch at Number Ten, which we would also recommend highly, the food was delicious and they catered for our large party without batting an eyelid. The owner, Juliet, came and greeted us and gave us information about the local area, which was a lovely friendly touch. To conclude - don't hesitate to book! It's such a great place to stay, I already want to go back - as do all the other ladies who stayed. Thank you!
The bunkhouse is really lovely, comfortable, beautiful accommodation. Bathrooms were clean and well finished. Really comfortable beds! It was a brilliant weekend for 3 families to meet and chill out together, walk around the countryside and enjoy time outdoors- even in february. The kitchen and dining area worked so well and the kitchen was really well equipped. It was a relaxing get away. Plenty of space for our guests, lovely bathrooms, brilliant games room and a very friendly host on hand.