For the ultimate family getaway to the heart
of rural Suffolk, what more could you ask for than a stunning listed building
conversion complete with a windmill playhouse and home cinema!
Formerly a Victorian flour mill, Swilland
Mill has been newly transformed into three 5-star properties which can be
booked individually or as one big house for up to 14 people, making it perfect
for family get togethers. The imposing facade, chimney and many original
features have been preserved within the stylish, contemporary design, from red
brick walls and whitewashed timber ceilings to intriguing pulleys and the flour
lift. While grown-ups will appreciate the high spec furnishings, fixtures and
finishing touches, the mill provides a storybook setting for imaginative
youngsters, with plenty to do, inside and out.
All three properties are equipped with large
flat screen TV’s, the full Sky package, DVD players, Nintendo Wii consoles and
Wi-Fi, with the added bonus of a projector screen for movie nights in The
Lucam. Enjoy BBQ’s on the patios, swingball in the enclosed lawned gardens and
table football tournaments in the shared playhouse. The old mill pond is now a
fishpond with a fountain but this is safely fenced off.
When the youngsters are tucked up in bed,
what better way to unwind than with a glass of chilled champagne in the bubbly shared
hot tub, gazing at the stars or flopping into comfy leather sofas by a wood
burning stove. The kitchens are ultra sleek affairs with state of the art mod
cons and range cookers while glass dining tables with elegant leather seats
give mealtimes that extra designer sparkle. The simple, luxurious touches flow
through into the bedrooms and bathrooms, including smooth, cool tiling, corner
baths, fluffy towels and Egyptian cotton linen.
The local countryside and villages are a
pleasure to explore on bikes or on foot and from petting farms to historic
sites there’s a wide range of family attractions within 15 minutes drive.
Sample Suffolk ales with good food at The Moon and Mushroom pub in Swilland,
try the fish and chips at the Grundisburgh Dog and stock up on local produce at
Ashbocking’s Swiss Farm and the Grange Farm Shop, Hasketon.
The Mylen at Swilland
Mill sleeps 4 people in one ensuite master bedroom and a second with twin beds
which can be zipped together to make a superking. There is space for a cot in
the master bedroom and the cottage also has a separate bathroom.
The Granary has one
bedroom with a king size bed and space for a cot, a second with twin beds which
can be zipped together to make a superking and a shared bathroom. The Lucam has
an ensuite master bedroom with king size bed, two further bedrooms which can be
set up as twins or zipped together as superking doubles and a family bathroom. In
The Lucam, there’s room for a cot in the master bedroom and the larger of the
twin rooms. All the cottages are equipped with travel cot, highchair, baby
monitor, potty, stairgates and bed guards. The Lucam also has a steriliser.
Families staying at Swilland Mill have the benefit of traditional local
pubs, farm shops and numerous attractions within easy reach of the house
whether on foot, bike or by car. The owners will also be happy to provide a map
of local footpaths, cycle paths and local attractions to help you make the most
of your stay.
For a ‘big shop’ there are supermarkets and high street shops in nearby
Woodbridge and Ipswich (7 miles) but don’t miss a visit to the local speciality
shops too. Swiss Farm in the neighbouring village of Ashbocking, is renowned as
one of the best butchers in Suffolk with a mouth-watering range of sausages to
choose from, while The Crockery Barn in the same village has a tea shop and
sells tableware, ceramics and cookware. The Grange Farm Shop at Hasketon stocks
fresh local fruit and veg, chutneys, pickles, biscuits and bread while you can
pick up general groceries in the nearby villages of Grundisburgh and Otley (1.5
When you want to eat out or sample the local Suffolk ales, the Moon and
Mushroom in Swilland is on the doorstep and then there’s the excellent fish and
chips at The Grundisburgh Dog and traditional Sunday lunch menus at The Fountain at
Tuddenham and The Cretingham Bell.
Within just 15 minutes drive of Swilland Mill,
Easton Farm Park is a firm favourite with families as children can feed and pet
free range animals, enjoy pony and cart rides, have a go on the mini train or
burn off some energy in the playbarn. Similarly, Stonehams Barns is home to the
Suffolk Owl Sanctuary as well as featuring a small complex of shops, fishing
lakes and golf centre. Budding ‘Time Teamers’ won’t want to miss the Anglo Saxon
burial site at Sutton Hoo while Otley Hall and Helmingham Hall have beautiful
grounds for a picnic. Within an hour you can be at the traditional seaside
towns of Woodbridge, Aldeburgh and Southwold or the east coast resort of Great
Yarmouth, visit Colchester Zoo or Duxford Air Museum.
Nearest Medical Centre: GP at Otley Village 1.5 miles away and A&E in Ipswich 7 miles away.