Whilst waiting for our new house to complete we decided to book a little getaway during half term. We travelled to Suffolk to spend five days at Tuddenham Mill. A traditional watermill refurbished into a gorgeous boutique hotel in the Suffolk countryside.
Whenever we plan a trip away I always do my research, especially now we have Austin and I am a big fan of Mr & Mrs Smith when researching hotels. You can filter child friendly places to stay but still boutique, beautiful spaces. We’ve booked a few hotels through their site now, mostly before we had Austin. As I have been living with my folks (essentially in one room) with all mine and Austin’s stuff everywhere, the thought of just going to stay within another set of four walls was not appealing. That room options are great at Tuddenham Mill so we booked to staying in one of their Loft suites.
For us travelling from Surrey, it took us under 2 hours so a great getaway from London if you don’t want to travel hours in a car but still feel like you have ventured into the countryside. Austin napped the whole time which was great and woke up just as we pulled into the hotel car park. As we arrived before 12pm our loft suite wasn’t quite ready to walked down the road the local pub called The White. I love that this pubs still exist. A proper pub with a Landlord and Landlady who serve, cook the food and know al(most) everyone that walks through the door.
It wasn’t long before we had the call to say our loft was ready and it really didn’t disappoint. A huge open plan space (if you like a door on your bathroom, this isn’t the room choice for you) with a great big bath in the middle of the room. Heaven. The space was so needed and Austin enjoyed exploring. Most importantly it was just so nice to have the three of us back together again! Another perk of staying in one of the lofts is the lounge area, so in the evening when Austin was asleep, Phil and I could chill on the sofa with Netflix and Apple TV which was provided.
There are some really nice touches with this hotel. Missoni dressing gowns and Espa toiletries in the bathroom.
Austin adored the huge bath tub (as did I) such a great feature in the middle of the room, we struggled to get him out most days!
They also have very quirky Nook’s available which essentially look like little pods in a field. One of which comes with its own private, wood-fired hot tub. There are more traditional rooms available in the main house too.
The grounds of the hotel are lovely too and with the mild October weather we enjoyed some exploring and walks. It really is lovely to wake up in the morning to a pretty views and from our loft we had just that! We were up by 6am most mornings (Thanks Austin) so it was lovely to watch the sun come up.
They have included some lovely exposed features from the mill within the hotel, the breakfast/dining room had the original Mill stone in the centre of the room and a glass floor area showing the old mill workings. The food was excellent, we ordered room service most nights as convenient with Austin but enjoyed breakfast each morning in the dining room which offered a great selection for us all.
As National Trust members we were keen to check out some new places to visit and our first stop was Ickworth House just a short drive away in Bury St Edmund’s. A beautiful Italianate palace, set in an idyllic landscape with a wonderful adventure playground that Austin absolutely loved and suitable for all ages.
We also visited Wicken Fen Nature Reserve and walked along the boardwalk and nature trails. There are also plenty of places to shop and we enjoyed a great afternoon in Bury St Edmund’s which also offered lots of restaurants and cafe choices.
We had a great stay in Suffolk at Tuddenham Mill, so many lovely outdoor spaces to explore and most importantly a chance for us to be reunited as a family for a few days!