- Style Streamlined gourmet getaway
- Setting Brink of the Brecks
Once a 17th-century water mill, Suffolk's The Tuddenham Mill hotel is a marvel of architectural transformation in the English countryside, its 15 urban-chic rooms and Starck-fitted boudoirs unexpectedly blending seamlessly with their rustic surroundings, exposed original wooden beams and all. It all sits on 12 gorgeous acres of wild land, peppered with ponds and streams. The bar, built around the original mill wheel, is especially impressive, and is as much of an attraction as the foodie-favourite restaurant.
Need to know
- Rooms 15.
- Rates Double rooms from $136.56 (£83), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast.
- Facilities 12 acres of gardens, boules pitch, DVD/CD library, laundry. In rooms, six‑foot Presotto beds, minibar with complimentary water and juice, free WiFi, Loewe LCD TVs, Bose sound system and iPod dock, Elemis toiletries.
- Check–out Midday; check‑in 2pm, but the Mill is always flexible when possible.
Children Extra beds or cots can be provided in rooms, £30 a night. There’s a children’s menu, and the chef is happy to adapt the main menu (half portions, no sauce…). Highchairs, paper, pencils and crayons are always to hand.
- Also Dogs welcome in some bedrooms and public areas (except Mill Room East, Mill Room and Mill Room West and the restaurant) for a charge of £15 a night – give advance notice. There’s a two‑night minimum stay on Saturday nights; three nights bank holidays.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms We love the three large, airy rooms in the main mill: exposed beams, dinner‑plate‑sized shower heads and double‑ended stone baths big enough for a crowd – definitely worth, ahem, splashing out on. The tubs in the Mill Room and Mill Room East have views of the pond through picture windows. Of the Loft Suites we have soft spots for Loft South and Loft West (although shyer types should note the latter's bathroom opens doorlessly into the bedroom).
- Packing tips Indigestion tablets: you won't be able to stop eating the chef's delightful (and generously portioned) food, especially since it's everywhere you look (home-made biscuits in your room; jars of preserve at reception).
- Also Praise be: bathroom toiletries are courtesy of Elemis, and they're a decent size, too.
Food and drink at Tuddenham Mill
- Hotel restaurant Paul Foster’s tantalising Modern European fare has already earned appreciative nods in culinary‑critic quarters. Favourite dishes include cumin lamb rump and shoulder with cucumber and yoghurt, and the sea buckthorn curd with chicory, blueberries and muscovado caught our eye on the dessert menu: not your average Suffolk grub.
- Dress code Relaxed: unstructured shift dresses and polo shirts (suitable for disguising a greedily stuffed belly) should strike the right sartorial note.
- Top table Alfresco, by the pond; upstairs in the restaurant at a window seat with upstream views; or at the raised and curtained off 'Jockey's table'. Mind your head though! There are two private dining rooms, too; we like the Terrace Room (it has a balcony).
- Last orders 10pm in the restaurant. Lunch, 12–2.30pm (4pm on Sundays); then light bites until 6.30pm when the dinner sitting starts.
- Room service 24 hours: choose from the restaurant menu when the kitchen is open, otherwise it’s light snacks and drinks.
- Hotel bar Spectacularly adorned by the beautifully up‑lit original mill wheel, the Mill’s intimate, relaxed bar serves drinks as long as you stay up…
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details