Wow is the only word

The Steam Mill in rural Suffolk is where all words fail, except for wow. You’ll chill in the giant hot tub. Eat out on the terrace in the sunshine or pub grub from the Moon and Mushroom. Meet for games and giggles in the sitting room. There’ll be flowers and chocolates on arrival; tears on departure.

One big house, one big occasion

The Steam Mill is three beautiful houses. For your party purposes, they’re one. And your hen party, stag or family group will be, too. Once a flour mill, The Steam Mill now offers high-specification luxury in rural Suffolk for up to 16. All the mod cons are in place, yet the original doors and pulleys, the old flour lift and the chimney remain.

The result is a characterful coming together of then and now. That ‘now’ includes de-luxe fixtures and fittings and some fun toys. Chillax with chilled wine in the bubbling hot tub. Tap into the free wifi. Get competitive over Wii games or table footy.

Eat together in the large communal kitchen. Summon Simon from Seasons Catering to fill your plates and top up your glasses. Eat out on the terrace in the three-quarter-acre gardens, with the kids in the windmill playhouse. Feed the fish. Play Swingball in the garden. Get cosy around the logburner. Sleep to the quiet hoot of the owls.

From the drench showers to the dining table for 16, everything here is five-star. Words will fail you, except for wow. Meet for games and giggles in the huge central sitting room, or escape to cosier spots. Walk through the fields for pub grub from the Moon and Mushroom. And relax. It’s not just the mill that’s restored and revived.

Gardens and grounds

The three-quarters of an acre of lawn, silver birch and silence are perfect for meeting for dinner, clinking glasses and buttering your bread beneath the big Suffolk skies. Or find perfect privacy with a book under the gazebos.

Bring your own disposable barbie and cook al-fresco on the permanent stands. Feed the goldfish in the pond, or take a picnic and feed yourselves. Watch the kids find the windmill playhouse. Pile into the hot tub and put the world on pause.

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Living spaces

Be together, be apart. Just be yourself. Get everyone together in the central sitting room, where the warmth from the logburner makes for a cosy congregation. Play Wii games or catch a match or a movie on the 50” full-Sky TV. Happy to break away with a book? Finding your own space here is easy.

Wherever you hang out, you’ll love the ambience. Much of the old industrial interior remains, yet the mill is totally 21st-century in its furnishings, fittings and technology. The original doors and pulleys used in the flour processing, the old flour lift and the chimney remain.

Raid a mountain of DVDs on the projector screen. Get competitive over table football. With three properties serving as one, and each equipped with TVs and sociable spaces, you can be as together or apart as you please. Tap into the wifi. Play parlour games. Chat the night away. The fun is flexible here.

Cooking and dining

With three kitchens in three properties, the flexibility here extends to the menus. If you all want to come together, meet in the middle with meals cooked on the range, electric and fan ovens with ceramic hobs. Eat around the monster glass-topped dining table with 16 leather chairs.

Eating al fresco? The tables and chairs await on the terrace. Cook in the kitchen or bring your own disposable barbie and use the permanent stands by the gazebos. When you’re done, the dishwasher will do the dirty work. Top things off with a coffee from the Nespresso or cafetieres.

For a private dinner or fully catered break complete with impeccable service with staff on hand to top up your glasses, call up Simon from Seasons Catering. Alternatively, take a short stroll across the fields to the Moon and Mushroom for great pub grub washed down with real ales.

The fish and chips are fresh and fabulous at the Grundisburgh Dog. Lunch in the fresh air in summer or a cosy Sunday roast in winter are always good at The Fountain at Tuddenham and The Cretingham Bell. Or try The Swan at Westerfield for tiger-prawn-and-chorizo linguine or pearl-barley risotto.

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Bedrooms

The Steam Mill comprises three properties and seven bedrooms sleeping 16. Whichever you choose, you’ll sleep soundly, wrapped in Egyptian cotton with posh toiletries in the bathrooms and a friendly owl or two outside your window.

Bedroom one in The Granary is a kingsize and bedroom two comprises two singles with the option of making a superking through zip-and-link. There’s a shared bathroom with bath and shower.

The largest house, The Lucam, offers three bedrooms. The first gives you two single beds that can be joined to create a superking, plus a day bed. Bedroom two offers two further singles that zip-and-link to make a double. They share a bathroom featuring a bath and shower. En-suite bedroom three has a kingsize and day bed.

Bedroom one in The Mylen is a kingsize with an en-suite offering a bath and shower, while bedroom two provides two singles that convert to a superking. There’s a bathroom on the floor below with bath and shower.

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What people say

What people say

"A wonderful experience for my family. A beautiful house in a perfect setting." - Joy

Goats, golf and shops

Kids can go free-range at Jimmy’s Farm and meet ponies, goats and even crocodiles, hunt warblers and adders at Dunwich Heath Coastal Centre, or windsurf at Alton Watersports Centre. Grown-ups can get in-house beauty and massage from Perfect Pamper, ride horses, play golf, or shop at the Buttermarket.

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