Restored Suffolk watermill with sleek and chic interiors.

SET BESIDE SLEEPY MEADOWS and a mill pond, Tuddenham Mill is a picture of rural Suffolk tranquillity. But behind those 200-year-old  timbered walls, this rustic looking boutique hotel oozes metropolitan chic

Step inside, and all is minimalist cool. Think weathered beams and sleek glass, lofty ceilings and vast beds, Italian pendolino lights and cubist sofas. Bedrooms flaunt curved Castello baths for two, while bathrooms gleam with chrome and oversized showers.

Late lunchers were still enjoying a post-prandial chaser on the sunny terrace outside the bar on the afternoon we arrived. A pair of swans were gliding across the millpond, while a heron flapped slowly across the bank opposite. It’s a picture of English rusticity, and kingfishers and deer are often spotted here.

Hit the spot
Minutes from the horse racing town of Newmarket.


Splash out on a lavish Loft suite for the biggest treat – a vast balconied room with a shell-shaped bathtub for two by the bed. 

Be savvy
Rooms in the Mill House may have some traffic noise. For the quietest kip, choose a Water Meadow room or a Loft suite in the grounds.

Be smitten

Mill with the mostest.

Lavish loft suites

Understated colours – charcoal, taupe and stone – are set off with bold modern art and snowy bed linen. We loved our toasty fireplace inset in the wall, the huge windows framing tall trees and Suffolk pastures, and the giant sofa.

Our west-facing Loft suite had a sun-dappled terrace where we sipped a glass of vino watching the sun sink behind the fenlands, before sinking ourselves beneath the suds in our giant shell-shaped bath and – the ultimate decadence – watching the end of a movie on our widescreen telly. There was even a telescope for some serious star gazing. 

It’s the little touches that add the big Tuddenham Mill pamper factor. Baths are stocked with super-sized Jo Malone toiletries, which guests are urged to take home. There’s a fridge stocked with fresh orange juice and chilled Chablis, a decanter of sloe gin, home-made fudge next to the ready-to-brew fresh coffee, and a Missoni dressing gown to snuggle into while playing chilled sounds on the Bose sound system.

Tuddenham Mill’s Four Loft suites offer the max in space and comfort. Standard Water Meadow rooms – many having double-ended baths –  are also generously sized, opening on to a terrace area with open fields beyond. Rooms in the original Mill House have plenty of space and wood-beamed character, though are nearest the road so could be a tad noisy.  

Tuddenham Mills sleek-n’-chic restaurant matches beamed ceilings and bare brick walls with smart furnishings in black and bitter chocolate. The original giant water wheel  is now encased in glass as a reminder of the building’s industrial past. Sit by the window and watch the swans change colour as changing lights flicker over the water after dark.

Don’t want to dress for dinner? No worries – accommodating staff will happily serve supper or breakfast in your room.  This is a place made for indulgence.

Tuddenham Mill was reviewed for Room for Romance by Mairiona Cotter
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Dining in
Chef Gordon McNeill is passionate about cooking – and it shows. Guests enjoy imaginative modern European fare that ranges from ravioli of rare breed Suffolk pig cheek to an assiette of lamb with a mini Shepherd’s pie, char grilled cutlet, slow-cooked shank and roast canon with Adnams beer and marjoram gravy.  Finish off (though it may finish you!) with the chocolate box of desserts.

Seven-course taster menus – bookable in advance – can be tailored to your tastes. Breakfasts at Tuddenham Mill are also de-lish and well worth getting up for.

Dining out
The Olde Bull Inn at Barton Mills serves excellent pub fare. Be sure to quaff a pint first in the Nutshell, Britain’s smallest hostelry, at Bury St Edmunds.  

Tuddenham Mill

What’s cooking?
Carpaccio of lime and pink peppercorn pressed monkfish followed by grilled sea bass with a ham hock and green pea risotto, and an orange and green pepper salsa. Yummy desserts include a wicked baked Alaska.

Top table?
One of the window tables looking directly over the Mill pond.

See & Do

Nearby Newmarket is the home of horse racing, so get into the stirrups with a day at the races, a visit the National Stud or the National Horseracing Museum. It’s also possible to visit training yards, gallops and bloodstock sales to watch Britain’s most expensive hooves go under the hammer.

Bury St Edmunds has its famous abbey, and is also home to both the Greene King brewery and to the Nutshell – Britain’s smallest pub. See the historic colleges and go punting or picnicking on the river in Cambridge. Ely has its stunning cathedral.

There are great walks across Tuddenham Heath to nearby villages –see details in your room. There is also a boules court in the grounds.

Head for Newmarket for all things horsey, or browse through the many bookshops in Cambridge. 

Tuddenham Mill has teamed up with a spa in Bury St Edmunds, where you can book a side-by-side massage and other treats.

After dark
Have a drink in the lounge bar, where the uplit original water wheel provides the backdrop to chilled sounds. See the swans change colour in the lights over the pond, or watch starry skies from your telescope.


Bury St Edmunds’ annual spring festival kicks off with theatre, comedy and an eclectic mix of music.

June – August
Combine a day’s racing with great music at Newmarket Nights – a series of concerts on race days featuring top bands.  


Head for the Arts Picturehouse to catch some releases at the Cambridge Film Festival.

High Street, Tuddenham, Suffolk IP28 6SQ

There is free guest parking.

Newmarket station – 4 miles; or Bury St Edmunds – 5 miles. Both are served by regular rail services from London.

GBP 20 from either station


London Stansted – 44 miles; or Norwich – 45 miles. There is a helipad on site.

Rooms and suites
15 rooms, including 4 loft suites

Special features

All rooms have walk-in showers, indulgent baths, six-foot beds, Italian furnishings and Bose sound systems. Extra touches include Egyptian cotton bed linen, Jo Malone toiletries and Missoni towelling robes.

Sprawling Loft suites come with a shell-shaped stone bath for two in the bedroom, complimentary wines and other extras.


Rates guide

GBP 175 – 395


Open all year



Minimum night stay?

Two nights at weekends, and three over bank holiday weekends.


Breakfast is served until 10.30 weekdays and 11.00 at weekends. If you don’t have room for the Full Mill (complete with Stornoway black pudding and egg fried bread), kick-start the day with a delicious fresh smoothie or try the smoked haddock kedgeree, scrambled duck eggs or baked calzone.

Room service

Usually available all day.


Welcome. There is a special children’s menu, and extra beds or cots can be supplied.

Welcome in most rooms, dogs are GBP 15 each.

Air conditioning

Wedding license?
Yes. Tuddenham Mill is perfectly suited to a stylish and intimate wedding, and dinners for up to 60 guests can be catered for in the restaurant. The Loft suites also make a great First Night getaway.

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A pot of Tuddenham Mill's home made preserves to take home.



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