Birthday & celebratory self-catering barn gatherings or modest-budget bunkhouse getaways

Tennis court hire included
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The Tudor barn has been used to celebrate so many different special things and each one has slightly different needs. For one off parties – late Sunday lunch, dinner for 50 guests or drinks, wakes – click here for details, but for weekend self-catering gatherings – and sometimes extra guests for a celebratory meal – read on!  And now we can offer completely separate, simple but very lovely Old Brooder bunkhouse accommodation elsewhere on the farm for large groups on a more modest budget - ask for details.  We have increased our bikes to 40+ so that guests in both properties can explore the historic Wool Towns on quiet country lanes - go slow and keep your carbon footprint down!

40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 90th birthdays – we’ve loved hosting them all and feedback for the Tudor barn has been wonderful. There is literally something here for everyone – bikes for old and tiny; tennis for the sporty; a farm museum and wealth of history for the historian and wildlife for the naturalist; a dressing up cupboard for all; space to dance and sing; and a big well-equipped kitchen and banquet tables for the feast – and a cosy winter woodburner to catch up around!

The barn suits adventurous families and friends who know each other well and are happy to feast, play games and sleep together in a massive space – with four private rooms for those who need a bit more privacy (and once the barn is full, three additional rooms in the adjacent Milden Hall farmhouse b&b rooms on a bed-only basis), and a second break-out sitting room to escape the noise of the party! You can do your own catering or get someone to deliver food or do the whole serving thing.  The bunkhouse, whilst less spacious, is well kitted out for a group of 20 who wish to cook, eat and chill out together to do so in quite quirky surroundings.

Silver, ruby and golden anniversaries – they’ve stayed with family and friends; they’ve had add-on lunch or supper parties for local friends; and they’ve delighted in the space for grandchildren to do their own thing; for friends to be somewhere quirky and unusual; and we can help in organising extra things.

Civilised hens and all woman-weekends – we’ve welcomed numerous hen weekends, (and the occasional baby shower and christening), hockey teams and book club belles - for those who want somewhere rural and different. The barn and bunkhouse provide great options for large sleepover space – with private rooms for the pregnant friend or mother of the bride who needs more sleep than the rest! And we have a long list of ideas of things to do – and recommendations from past groups. Click here for further details.

Stags, 30th birthdays and under – sorry, and we hope you will understand why, sadly, we rarely host these. Our family live in the farmhouse immediately next to the barn. Sadly, the appallingly rowdy and damaging behaviour of several such gatherings in the past has made us wary of hosting these unless we are absolutely reassured they will be completely respectful of our home, historic surroundings and terms & conditions. Of course we have been reassured by some lovely stags, 30th and under gatherings and are willing to discuss options if you feel all the members of your group are the considerate type!


Check our our Facebook page and Tripadvisor for guests' feedback and see these below if you don't get that far!

Coming down to earth after 70th celebration
I would like to say that I have 'come back down to earth' by now but that would not be entirely true! ... I shall never forget my first view of the Tudor Barn as my family opened the door .... It took my breath away - so beautiful and so lovingly restored. The party was a huge success ... Me - well I danced the night away and everyone had such a good time. ... such a perfect place! (Joy, February)

Not a cross word
.. ... my Mum was absolutely bowled over by the whole occasion and hasn't stopped talking about it all yet! ... The barn is stunning and a perfect venue for a big family get-together across the generations - our family included the youngest at 6 months to Grandad at 72, with a lot of children and teenagers in between, not generally known for choosing to participate in family gatherings, but I can honestly say I don't think there was a cross word between anyone all weekend. (Liz, June)

Brilliant for the kids
... The party really couldn't have gone any better- the barn was an amazing place and just brilliant for the kids…. and hopefully, if you'll have us, we will be back for other special occasions. (Katie, August)

93rd birthday
...wonderful hospitality at the barn. I am most impressed by both your vision and the energy with which you have realised it. (Ric, March)

93rd birthday gathering
As I enjoyed the compliments from all the chums about my great choice of a venue, so I in turn want to thank you and your team, who looked after us so well. Dorothy had a most memorable house-party for her 93rd birthday ... and it presents the great challenge now of What do we do Next Year? So, we may be back! (Frances, March)

Sound sleeping ...
... my extended 40th so enjoyable .... The children had so much space in which to express themselves ... all commented on how solidly they had slept, no doubt helped by the energy expended during the day by the kids! (Morley family, August 2006)

Pond dipping voted best activity
… Adults completely exhausted, kids sleeping after 5 minutes in car. Pond dipping was amazing and voted the best activity of the weekend - we all agreed we would never swim in a pond again! Everyone loved it ......  (Eggleton family celebrating 40th birthdays & 10th wedding anniversary, June)

Teenage approval 
... absolutely fantastic four days and even the teenagers who had reservations about staying somewhere so remote admitted they really enjoyed it. Everything we needed was within the barn and the pigs provided hours of entertainment for us too. A good time was had by one and all. (Nicola, Easter)


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