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Heating in deepest winter

The cartlodge is underfloor heated and very cosy. The interconnecting barn has a roaring giant woodburner one end with unlimited wood to keep it going day and night, plus a primitive but effective giant blower heater for the daytime. It is coir-matted throughout and 15 tog duvets and electric blankets make all beds very cosy in winter. However, during a very cold snap in deepest winter, waking up in the 16th century barn is not like waking up in a large 21st century centrally heated house! Woolly sweaters and sense of adventure are essential!

If you want a centrally-heated-throughout option, check out the Old Brooder Bunkhouse further down the farm track which sleeps 20.

Layout of Barn

To see or download a drawing of the layout of the barn and surrounding area in a larger size (A3), please click the image on left to see a larger version.

Sleeping arrangements

There is no easy way to explain the complicated and unusual barn layout so look at the barn layout illustration as well as the following explanation of what options there are to sleep a maximum of 23 + 2 cots, a sofa bed/camp beds/campers/farmhouse rooms

  • The cartlodge double with bathroom ensuite – and room for a travel cot
  • The upstairs cartlodge twin – small room with low ceilings
  • The upstairs sitting room with a single day bed - and a sofa bed for emergency extra bed
  • The potting shed double with its own loo & basin, accessed through the main barn
  • There are two travel cots are available. BYO bedding can sometimes be arranged for children on additional camp beds.
  • The huge (30m x 13m) aisled main barn – to give you an idea of size, it can seat 300 guests at tables, but instead it has lots of furniture for living Tudor style! 16 ‘bedspaces’ - joiner-made oak beds with very comfortable mattresses - open plan but there is a curtain that can visually divide one end from another:
    • Two curtained four-posters
    • Two ‘truckle’ doubles on wheels
    • Six heavy but movable singles
    • Two singles on a ‘minstrels’ gallery
  • Once the barn is full, there are three additional spacious farmhouse bed & breakfast bedrooms to sleep 6+ in the Hall
  • Or 100m+ further down the farm track the Old Brooder bunkhouse sleeps 20 guests

Other facilities

  • A large well-equipped kitchen with modern facilities and big kitchen table (seats 14++) and high chairs,
  • A small upstairs sitting room (seating for 8)
  • A second large sitting area in the barn (around the cosy woodburner in winter) next to
  • A large candle-lit banquet area seating 14-50 at large oak tables joined together, next to
  • A large space to dance, play table tennis, put on a concert or play
  • Two smart bath/shower rooms and
  • A smart ladies & gents loo & shower building a hop, skip and a jump next door to the barn with wheelchair-friendly loo.
  • Check out the Old Brooder Bunkhouse which has more accessible features for the less mobile guests.

Juliet and Christopher Hawkins, The Hall, Milden, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9NY
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