A boutique hotel with a bucolic setting, this late 18th-century clapboard and brick watermill marries the historic and the state of the art in a new, exciting way. In a careful restoration, the original timbers, cast-iron water wheel and millstone have been sympathetically incorporated into its stylish decoration, in which pale painted or exposed rosy brick walls offset smart, mostly black and grey Italian furniture. Atmospherically lit behind glass, the water wheel is the focal point of the captivating bar, while the millstone is on show in the beamed restaurant. Here, talented chef Lee Bye’s contemporary menus favour local seasonal produce, garnering many fans as well as three AA rosettes. The 20 bedrooms are split between the mill house and outbuildings, all with king-size beds, Bose sound systems, Missoni robes and Espa toiletries. The largest are the loft suites; the most romantic are the five rustic meadow nooks, one with its own hot tub. Doubles from £145.
Name to Know: Head chef Lee Bye. Ask him about the seasonal dishes on the menu.
See: Tuddenham Mill offers the perfect starting and finishing point for some beautiful Suffolk walks. The Icknield Way, the oldest road in Britain, runs straight through the middle of Tuddenham St Mary.
Eat: The five-course tasting menu, each dish is expertly paired with a wine from our extensive wine list, which has been awarded the AA Notable Wine list award.
Buy: Enjoy a truly harmonious combination of tranquil and calming surroundings at the Mill and tailored treatments in our new treatment room.
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