Avert eyes 2w
Farm and vineyard tour
Pippa hen on bike - to go up some time cuw
Varshini 4w
Elizabeth with depiction of victory over Spanish fleet

Hen party activities - barn or bunkhouse

We very much welcome civilised hen parties.  We don’t have hot tubs or a night-club around the corner and we don't do rowdy mixed hen and stag groups .... but we can give you lots of ideas for a happy weekend in the country which won't cost the earth (in every sense!) and will keep your carbon footprint down. We provide a full list with contacts if you book but here’s a few ideas of what you can do on site or locally and our advice is not to plan too many things as it can be just too exhausting! And in the evening just chill out by the woodburner in the barn in winter or around a barbecue in summer – with a glass of wine or two.

  • Summer games challenge – play games in teams – tennis (sorry, barn only), table tennis, croquet, bicycle around the local villages, play rounders, orienteer, apple-bobbing etc
  • Use our bikes for quiet planned circular routes or do our Wool Town bike trail quiz in teams between medieval villages, nature reserves and friendly pubs
  • Barn guests can borrow our Tudor costumes and tableware and have a feast one evening – & do our Tudor hen quiz & dance challenge
  • In the summer laze on rugs in the herb garden, play croquet, badminton and have a barbecue
  • Walk to beautiful Lavenham and back on footpaths
  • Get a dance tutor in for disco-80s, street dancing, Tudor or tango, or use our barn dance CD with its own caller
  • Practise yoga in the garden or barn or bunkhouse guests can hire the village hall (£5 per hour)
  • Have a sumptuous picnic in the wildflower meadow or by the lake
  • Have a full-on and very pretty tea party
  • Dress up and take part in a murder mystery – Tudor style or otherwise
  • Kayak, canoe or paddle board down the River Stour from nearby Sudbury for a pub lunch
  • Food safari - working with professional chefs, try plucking a pheasant or pigeon, prepare a Tudor feast to eat yourselves, make a curry, try bread-making, wine-tasting, cake and pastry-making
  • Enjoy a wine tasting at our local vineyard Lavenham Brook ... one mile down the road
  • Go crafty - make a felted quilt for the bride, fascinators, bunting, corsages, garters with a crafty hen workshop
  • Go for a brunch, lunch or dinner & sunset cocktail cruises on the river from Orford - with coal fire in winter in the cabin!
  • Treat yourself to a group pampering session in nearby Lavenham Weavers' Spa with facials, massages, body wraps and manicures - with lunch and champagne
  • Life drawing with a male model
  • Take a tour of the National Stud at Newmarket - around the stables, meet the jockeys and thoroughbred horses
  • Try a high-wire adventure - Go Ape in Thetford Forest
  • Antique or junk-shop hunt in Long Melford and Lavenham
  • Gossip while working with willow – get a tutor into help make willow woman, willow platters, willow lanterns, trugs, spheres, birds, spiral plant trainers
  • Go cheese-making and enjoy a feast of local food for lunch and tea
  • Take a balloon-ride and enjoy the countryside from up high
  • Go roller-skating at the local sports centre

Concierge or self-cater

There is plenty of good cooking equipment for those who like it, ovens and dishwashers and we usually unpack a supermarket delivery for you before you arrive (easy way to share the costs).  We can also organise good, wholesome food to be simply delivered, or suggest good local chefs (and sometimes waiters in the buff) to suit your needs. We provide you with lists of local farm shops, sources of local good food, and local caterers.

Happy hen feedback

Sumo wrestling & life drawing
Sumo suit and our life drawing experience ... the barn lends itself really well to those activities, we can also really recommend the cycle ride to the pub… (Katie, June)

Murder Mystery
... the barn lends itself perfectly to this – long table, candles lit etc. The actors were good at keeping 22 hens under control (most of the time….) and everyone dressed up and really got into character on the night. (Lizzie, June)

There once was a beautiful bride
Who had sixteen hens by her side
They all had a ball
In the great Milden Hall
- The Tudor life they took in their stride
(Sarah, April)

Trug-weaving hens
... a huge thank you ... Charlotte was overwhelmed with the place - we all fell in love with the barn and you made us feel really welcome and instantly settled. The willow weaving was a success and Jo was surprised at how well we did - I didn't tell her that half of us were designers for a living. I think we will all be in touch again. Now I just need to get engaged and I will come back and get married - one step at a time maybe! (Rachel and 15 trug-weaving hens, February)

Gossip and giggling hen by the fire
What a gorgeous location! 16 hens plus a couple of rogue chickens, sunshine, log fires, gossip, chatter and giggles – just heavenly. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect place for a hen. (Jackie and lots of hens xx, April)

Bikes and much more
…we couldn't have hoped for a better place .... Everything was perfect - from the weather to all the bikes and much, much more. Despite being rather nervous of the whole affair, I could not have had a better time. ... such a welcoming and fun place. A real treat. (Antonia, March)

…. It's a nerve-racking business booking accommodation for such a large group, but I can safely say that everyone was awe-struck on arrival in the main hall! We all found the Barn to be beautiful, comfortable and homely – and the bikes were perfect for a Saturday activity. (Elaine Hakes, April)

Pork sausages
... Such an amazing place, thank you for being so relaxed about our strange activities and friendly too! The delivered food was fantastic - excellent pork sausages too … (Dr Claire, April)

Hens on bikes
Picnic on the farm
Ellen Cave OBB hen March (2)
Walk on the farm