The Windmill Suffolk

East Anglia Suffolk Lavenham

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This fabulous converted Suffolk windmill is the ultimate romantic stargazing escape.

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Everyone loves a windmill, so we were especially excited to discover this converted historic corn mill which towers over the rural fields of Suffolk. A recent labour of love that sits at the end of the garden of Natalie Roberts and her very handy husband Steve, it's one of the last windmills to be built in England, and is a stunning conversion which has been shortlisted for a number of awards and was seen on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces! The furniture has been curved to follow the contours of the building, and its two bedrooms, kitchen diner and top floor sitting room have been fitted out to a very high spec, making it quirky as well as a very contemporary place to stay. It is a perfect rural escape from London – just 2 miles north of the tourist honeypot of Lavenham but a world away in terms of peace and quiet; and while it’s nice to have the restaurants, cafés and timbered delights of Lavenham so close by, it's even better to retire to your rooftop eyrie at the end of the day, where you can enjoy the 360-degree views from its supremely comfy top-floor room, complete with curved sofas, telescopes for star-gazing and a wine fridge to keep the traipsing up and down stairs to a minimum. There’s also a 47” TV (curved, naturally), should you get bored with the views.

There truly are worse ways of spending the evening than gazing out over the Suffolk countryside with a glass of wine as the sun goes down – and down below there are two highly contemporary double bedrooms, with a sumptuous bathroom in between, well stocked with Elemis toiletries and a gorgeous oval bath and rainfall shower in which to enjoy them. A ground floor room completes the picture, kitted out as a curvy kitchen-diner with all the high-end utilities you could possibly need – plus there’s an outdoor terrace for a lazy start to the day before trekking off across the fields. This part of Suffolk is very rural and full of footpaths, walks and cycle routes, and you're very well based not just for Lavenham but also for Bury St Edmunds and the nearby attractions of Constable Country. Rural bliss - and although it's hard to believe, you’re less than a 2-hour drive from London.



Whether you are looking for a romantic hideaway, or for fun filled time off with friends there really is no place like The Windmill Suffolk.

Look forward to lazy mornings, long walks in the surrounding meadows of Suffolk and relaxed al fresco suppers in your own private garden. The terrace of the exceptional 4th floor balcony is the perfect place for a glass of something refreshing or a soothing hot chocolate before bed. Your perfect holiday awaits you…

Suitable For

The Pod at the top of The Windmill, with stunning and far reaching views across the Suffolk countryside.

Or perhaps the super soft handmade bespoke beds which you won't want to get out of!

Or perhaps the huge freestanding bath that comfortably fits two!

Or perhaps the shower with a window from which you can view the surrounding countryside!

Or perhaps the kitchen diner complete with all mod cons and complimentary local gourmet goodies to graze on!

Or perhaps the garden filled with Suffolk wildlife and gorgeous views as far as the eye can see!

Too many choices to pick a favourite!


The peace and tranquility of being in the country AND we are only 10 minutes drive from the bustling town of Bury St Edmunds, 40 mins from Cambridge and 1.5 hours from the bright lights of London! The perfect location!

Food & Drink

There are a plethora of dining options locally- from a great local pub 5 minutes walk away to award winning fine dining restaurants in Lavenham and Bury St Edmunds.

When you come to stay we give you a list of all of these and can even help you to choose the perfect place to tickle your tastebuds if you have a certain type of cuisine in mind!


Available all year.


2 nights from £750.

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The Owner Says

We like to think The Windmill Suffolk is a cool place, and have lovingly restored it over the past 2 years.  Wishing to be sympathetic to both the original heritage of the building as a working mill and to ensure the final build would appeal to the modern tourist wanting a one of a kind haven we have created a relaxing retreat in a contemporary and unique building.

The Windmill Suffolk is proud to have won both the RICS East of England 2017 Tourism and Leisure Category and the National Roofing Awards 2016-Fully Supported Metal Roofing Category.

We were also finalists in the Structural Timber Awards 2016 and British Woodworking Federation 2016. The Windmill Suffolk also won a commendation at the RIBA Suffolk Design Awards May 2017 and was shortlisted for the 2017 RIBA East Awards.


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The Windmill is on the A1141 about 2 miles north of Lavenham, between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 34 reviews


Unique cool and classy place to stay!

The Windmill is a must if you want a unique place to stay - everything was just perfect - we mirror all of the other great reviews that have been made. Natalie has been fantastic with communication, and very understanding of our first cancellation due to illness. Myself, wife and sister enjoyed a brilliant 3 night stay to celebrate my 60th Birthday, with fantastic views of the countryside and the wildlife which we love, including Mr Badger - we was greeted in the kitchen with a lovely cake and chilled bottle of wine!! (perfect!). They have thought of everything including the wine chiller on the top floor. I would say that the whole place is a touch of CLASS! We hope to be back again to explore more walks and coffee shops! Thanks guys! xx
Apr 14, 2024 by Mandy Morley

Wonderful and unique experience

We have visited Lavenham quite a few times over the years but our three night stay in this beautiful windmill was out of this world. The view from the pod at the top looks over lovely countryside and is a great spot to enjoy a glass of wine on the balcony. The bedrooms have plenty of space and really comfortable beds. The interior is beautifully decorated and furnished to a very high standard. Natalie and Steve have thought of everything we might need from teabags and coffee pods to dressing gowns and slippers! All toiletries provided too. We will definitely be visiting again.
Mar 29, 2024 by Barry and Linda

Absolutely fabulous stay

We have been lucky enough to stay at the Windmill twice and on both occasions the luxury and attention to detail takes your breath away. Architecturally, the building is a thing of beauty and has clearly been painstaking but lovingly restored. Each level of accommodation is unique and special in its own way with the glorious 360 degree views taken in from the pod at the top being utterly memorable. Our hosts, Steve and Natalie catered to our every need and we cannot recommend staying at this rare gem in the Suffolk countryside highly enough!
Feb 21, 2024 by Marie

Unique luxury

I’ve been lucky enough now to stay at this lovely place twice. This time I noticed even more attention and detail that had been incorporated into the renovation. The building is an incredible transformation and an absolute pleasure, novelty and a real treat to stay. It was fantastic for a dinner party and the views from the top balcony with a coffee the following morning where rather special. This visit we had more time to explore nearby Lavenham and experience some of the surrounding countryside, ending up in a quaint coffee shop. It would appear there are plenty of them around. Bury Saint Edmunds in the other direction is another real favourite of mine. In fact I felt spoilt for choice. Hopefully I will return as I found the stay faultless. Clean, tidy, warm and comfortable.
Feb 21, 2024 by Adam

An amazing and unforgettable stay

We’ve been lucky enough to stay twice at this beautiful modern take on a unique windmill stay experience and have loved every minute of it. First impressions of the windmill as you approach from the adjacent road really has the “wow factor” and never cease to impress. Then things just get better and better as you venture inside. I love how the circular stairs wind their way up to two fabulously appointed bedrooms and a luxurious bathroom, with a huge freestanding bath and walk in shower. Everything is finished to an exceptionally high standard with real attention to detail and bespoke items to fit the conical nature of the windmill. Then you continue the journey further up to what has to be the icing on the cake - the “pod” at the very top. With a comfy sofa, drinks fridge, tv and balcony providing glorious views over rolling fields in all directions it’s truly an oasis in which to relax.
Dec 28, 2023 by Lee C

What a Wonderful Place

Wow. Simply wow. I had the absolute joy of staying at The Windmill Suffolk to celebrate my own and my Dad's birthday. The care and attention that has gone into every aspect of the venue, as well as the stay and hosting was beyond compare. Natalie and Steve have crafted the Windmill into a venue and stay that is stunning, the views from the balcony were lovely and it is a birthday ill never forget. Nothing was amiss, everything was provided and the stay was warm, genuine and memorable. I've not stopped recommending this beautiful and cool place to every person I've met. Natalie was so kind and enthusiastic and went the extra mile to make a 40th and 65th birthday one we will always remember.
Dec 3, 2023 by Chris Mattley

An inspirational destination!

We have just returned from a wonderful few days spent at The Windmill Suffolk to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary. It was quiet and peaceful with huge views across open countryside from the unique pod on the top floor. We were blown away by its inspirational design and Natalie and Steve’s attention to detail, we wanted for nothing. It was a truly memorable and luxurious stay in this beautiful part of England and we would thoroughly recommend it.
Jun 22, 2023 by Martin and Patricia Nash

Such a beautiful and unique place to stay in Suffolk

Such a beautiful place to stay. The Windmill is such a unique building and incredibly luxurious. All the details really make the stay extra special. Natalie and Steve are wonderful hosts.
May 18, 2023 by Rebecca

The most unique stay in the UK! Spectacular!

I booked a stay at the Windmill Suffolk last month for my proposal and I have to say that my stay at the Windmill was true luxury, from the unique architecture to the real warmth and true genuine nature of the hosts, Natalie and Steve! Before my stay, the hosts communicated with enthusiasm and great passion in arranging my special visit. They even offered a unique experience by creating a custom made package to ensure my thorough proposal vision was met, from selecting the perfect colours of the flowers and balloons to the precise timing and arrangement of the proposal itself, where Natalie had arranged blooming roses and candles leading up to the lavish balcony, outlooking the countryside. During our stay, Natalie and Steve were committed to ensuring that me and my partner had the best possible stay by being available at the drop of a hat, yet offering us a private, intimate experience, away from the world. Everytime we entered the Windmill, we were mesmerised with a new luxury experience as though going through a new line of a symphony, from a bespoke afternoon tea and room of balloons to a personalised engagement card and a surprise bottle of bubbly to mark the occasion! The whole spectacle was so seemless and well done that it was as if faries had decorated the accommodation! Natalie and Steve went beyond expectations by even giving us their time in going through a photoshoot with us to make sure our stay was that much more memorable and special, and communicating after our stay to ensure we had the perfect photos for our album for years to come. I have to say that Natalie and Steve are a delight and I thank them for their genuine enthusiasm, perfection in their commutation and the way in which they welcomed us into their accommodation, which felt as though we were old friends! I cannot wait until I see them again soon.
May 15, 2023 by Rishi

Private escape

We’ve visited twice now and absolutely love it. The whole place is lovely and inviting. Hosts can’t do enough for you before you arrive then leave you in private for your stay. The kitchen is fully equipped and a pleasure the spend time in, the garden is private and so pretty. Absolutely huge bath, bedrooms are lovely and the pod at the top is a lovely space to relax and enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the evening.
May 3, 2023 by Tammy Iddenden

Such a special place

If you looking for some where which is unique, luxurious and tranquil look no further then The Windmill Suffolk. Our stay there was truly special and we can’t wait to return, it was perfect place to celebrate our anniversary with a glass of fizz on the balcony while admiring the views. It’s also really close to Lavenham and Bury St Edmunds where we were spoilt for choice with places to eat.
May 1, 2023 by Tracy Bateman

Magical place to visit

Can honestly say, this is one of the most magical places I have stayed. Beautiful countryside views, stunning building with everything thing you could possibly need, comfy, luxury accommodation and outstanding hosts. My only regret is that I haven’t been back, but hope to again soon. Don’t miss the opportunity to book and stay at The Windmill - it’s simply wonderful!
Apr 28, 2023 by Lisa

Pre Christmas break with the family

This place is a must! Bucket list destination 🤩 Our family of four had the pleasure of staying at the windmill - with our adult children 💙💕 High end appliances in the kitchen Gorgeous bath 🛀 Stunning views The owners were so lovely 🥰 and arranged everything for us prior to our arrival and couldn’t do enough 🤩 A great place to unwind and celebrate any occasion Pure luxurious stay So peaceful
Apr 28, 2023 by Ali Rosbrook

The coolest place to stay ever, incredible !!!

We stayed here for our first anniversary & from the moment we arrived it was wow !! Cosy interior, friendly & welcoming owners, & the best Bath EVER !!! Incredible views, we would highly recommend. A bucket list venue and once in a lifetime memories to be made.
Apr 26, 2023 by Rebecca Cassie

What a stay!

We have been fortunate enough to have visited The Windmill twice. Both times for our 30th birthdays, so this place holds a special place in our hearts. Natalie is the most incredible host! She simply cannot do enough for you as her guest(s) and ensures you feel incredibly special & appreciated (whatever the occasion) The windmill itself is breathtaking! Simply beautiful. Cannot fault the place! Spotlessly clean. Incredible views. Quiet & peaceful location. My partner has since gone through 2 of The Windmill's personalised dressing gowns, something he describes as wearing a cloud. They are super soft!! Highly recommend. He lives in his, hence why he's had 2 of them! The bathroom and bathtub is out of this world! (My personal favourite!) Not too far away from Bury St Edmunds either. Some lovely restaurants & shops to be explored should you wish to venture out. A unique place to stay and certainly a place I haven't stopped banging on about since visiting for the first time 5 years ago!
Apr 25, 2023 by Laura Sockalingum

A truly unique place to stay! Highly recommend!

If I was to sum up my stay in one word I would say wow. What an amazing, stunning, superb, unique place to stay. Words cannot describe how nice it is. I booked it as part of my other halfs 40th birthday celebrations and im so glad i did. Natalie the owner was excellent. When we arrived she greeted us and then didn’t come inside so we knew no one had been in there since it had been thoroughly cleaned. She stayed outside and gave us a guided tour over the phone. The extra touches she had done were so nice like the birthday banners and the lemon drizzle cake. We knew she was at the end of the phone if we needed her. We had been to Lavenham before and fell in love with the area so when I stumbled across the Windmill I couldn’t wait to book it. The inside is decorated to a high spec and i love what they have done with the space. The top living room area was probably my favourite due to the great views across the countryside, the comfy sofas, the large TV and the surround sound. It was the perfect chill out room with the added bonus of a balcony. You can either take food with you to enjoy or if you are like us you can venture out to one of the many local places serving great food (the Windmill is in a great location). If you ever get the chance to book here I would highly recommend it as there is literally nothing you can fault.
Apr 25, 2023 by Jules

Our happy place

We have stayed at the Windmill three times now, we call it our #happyplace. Whether it be a celebration like our 50th or just a cosy get away it's perfect! Natalie goes above and beyond to make sure your stay is perfect and it always is! It's quiet but close enough to places like Lavenham if you want to explore and the local pub is really good too. Mostly we like to get away from it all and sit up on the top floor with a glass of wine and watch the world go by. The reason we come back again and again is its just so perfect!
Apr 25, 2023 by Lisa McKenzie

Stunning - nothing left to chance

A stay at the Windmill is a wonderful experience. The property has been brilliantly adapted and has a lovely kitchen / dining space on the ground floor, a great lounge area with lovely views at the top of the windmill and superbly equipped bathroom and bedrooms in between. Hosts Natalie and Steve couldn’t be more helpful and accommodating. A special venue for a special occasion.
Apr 24, 2023 by Andy

A truly beautiful and relaxing place

We are fortunate enough to have stayed here a few times before, it has become our go to special occasion venue each of which have been made even more special by the lovely touches added by Natalie & Steve. As soon as you walk in you know you are somewhere very special. Surrounded by comfort and luxury, there is nothing that you could want that has not already been thought of. Sitting out on the pod balcony is breathtaking and the comfort inside is stunning. With two other outside seating areas you are spoilt for choice of where to relax! The kitchen is beautifully fitted out and very well equipped and the bedroom is wonderfully decorated and luxurious. I think the bath deserves a special mention…make sure you take time out from all the other relaxing for a long soak! Thank you Natalie & Steve…until next time ☺️
Apr 17, 2023 by KarenA

Wonderful stay!

This was out 2nd visit to The Windmill and we had another wonderful time! Beautiful building with truely stunning views from the pod at the top. Comfortable and modern interior, clean and homely with good self catering facilities. Natalie was warm and welcoming, and was very knowledgeable about the area and places to visit. Peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of London, we were able to really relax. Highly recommend The Windmill, we will certainly be back!
Apr 10, 2023 by Gilly

One of a kind

Myself and a friend stay for a few days. The Windmill is simple one of a kind. Its beautiful inside and out! Natalie and Steve are amazing people and they have done an outstanding job with this place. I highly recommend you staying here.
Apr 1, 2023 by Matt Roberts

The windmill is a unique and amazing place to stay and truly luxurious.

Natalie made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived and nothing was too much trouble. We loved all the little extra touches and the various treats that were dotted around. With beautiful countryside views from the top floor ‘pod’ balcony it’s a perfect place to relax and escape for a few days. We will definitely return!
Mar 30, 2023 by Jacqui

Stunning luxury accommodation that exceeded my very high expectations!

Goodness me where to start. Every single thing about our stay was fantastic. From the initial enquiry, to confirming details, asking lots of questions (sorry Natalie 😉), to arriving and experiencing the wow factor, everything has been super impressive and we are definitely coming back. The quality of the building inside and out, the private parking, the furnishings, appliances, interior design, everything exudes class and it’s all just so, so lovely. It’s fair to say Natalie and Steve have thought of everything….and then added a little bit of magic as there’s a feeling, a vibe, something very cool and very special about The Windmill. It’s a truly unique place and we loved it. James & Ali x
Mar 29, 2023 by James Warren

The Perfect Getaway

The Windmill is oustanding! We spent a much needed break here and had a wonderful time. From the moment we arrived, with a warm welcome from our lovely host, to the end of our stay we were not disappointed! The attention to detail is unbelievable. If you want to stay in something different from the norm, this is it. It’s both fun and luxurious and very conveniently situated for exploring beautiful Suffolk, or staying in to enjoy the wonderful facilities and views. We highly recommend this fabulous Windmill.
Mar 27, 2023 by Jean Carney

Luxurious and relaxing

We had a couple of relaxing days in the Windmill. Natalie and Steve were wonderful hosts. Everything was so luxurious and we felt very relaxed. We enjoyed the walks in the local area and had a little trip into Lavenham where we found the quaint Tatums tea rooms.
Mar 25, 2023 by Janette and Jacky

An absolutely must visit! Incredible, luxurious getaway!

Home from the most incredible couple of days away at The Windmill Suffolk To say that this place is incredible, is an understatement! Natalie and Steve, you have created the most amazing, luxurious getaway that I have ever been to!!! From the stunning views, the incredible design work, the most amazing interior designing that I have ever seen, to all the little added extras - wine and cake on arrival, dressing gowns and slippers to wear, gorgeous little goodies dotted throughout the windmill…. we honestly have had the best time so thank you for having us!! The whole place was immaculately clean and Natalie recommended some fab places to visit whilst we were staying! We can’t wait to come back again!! x
Mar 24, 2023 by Kelly Price

Such a great getaway

Stay here for a few nights in October. There was 3 of us and plenty of space. The windmill itself is done to such a great standard. We felt very well looked after and taken care of. The location was amazing about 5-10min drive to amazing sights and restaurants and pub. Will be going back again for sure.
Mar 24, 2023 by Murat Ucar

If you are looking to escape from it all and stay somewhere truly special and unique, I would highly recommend this gem of a place.

What a place! I couldn’t recommend enough. With two young children, we were looking to escape for a few days for some much needed Mummy and Daddy chill time. The Windmill was the perfect destination. I agree with all that has been said by other guests, but for me personally the room at the top was just heaven. I could have sat there for days, breathing in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, and just doing not very much at all. The Windmill is beautifully designed, modern and oozes elegance in every way. We didn’t want to leave. Thank you Natalie and Steve for being the perfect hosts. You’ve created something truly wonderful and unique and we hope to stay again soon.
Mar 24, 2023 by Gerri Phillips

Wow wow wow!!

The Windmill exceeds even the highest of expectations when it comes to a unique and special stay! I can’t recommend this place high enough. From the attention to detail and pure luxury of the Windmill itself, to the stunning countryside and peaceful surroundings which you can take in and enjoy from the balcony or viewing window. We were just blown away by the whole stay. Natalie and Steve are the perfect hosts and made us feel so welcome. We have stayed at there twice now and I can’t wait to go again. Oh and the bath tub! What a bath tub!!!
Mar 23, 2023 by Nicola Nash

Relaxation in the beautiful Suffolk countryside.

My husband and I loved our break in the quirky and luxurious windmill. Inside it had everything we could have possibly wanted. My husband enjoyed the selection of coffees and I enjoyed the biggest bubble bath I’ve ever had! During the days we explored the Tudor town of Lavenham and at night enjoyed the 360 degree view of the beautiful countryside. Natalie and Steve - we loved the extra special touches that you left for us and we cannot wait to return.
Mar 23, 2023 by Karen

Amazing place and the best views ever. The bed is the most incredible bed ever.

The whole place was spotless and the comfort was amazing. The bathroom was so beautiful and spacious. The living room was stunning with the views and everything is luxury. Will be going again.
Mar 22, 2023 by Selda Scott

Wonderful stay at the windmill

Me and my husband had the most wonderful stay at the Windmill we chose to stay there for our wedding night and added a couple of extra nights for good measure. We chose this particular location because it’s very unique and different. And it didn’t disappoint it was more than we could have expected , Natalie the host was very attentive and couldn’t have done more for us. From the decorations in our room, to the cake and food platter left for us to enjoy these little touches were very special and such kind gesture from Natalie. We spent three nights at the Windmill enjoying the incredible view from the top floor and balcony and had the most beautiful wedding pictures taken there too when I was getting ready. Natalie has thought of everything a guest might need during their stay, from the coffee machine, to the dishwasher to save you washing up ! and all the crockery needed if you decide to eat there. The bed was so comfortable and felt very luxurious as well as the very large bath which was a wonderful bathing experience. I couldn’t recommend the Windmill enough if you’re wanting to stay somewhere unique and peaceful with the most beautiful views combined with some luxury and if you’re wanting to explore there are wonderful country walks all around along a beautiful well kept garden where you can sit and relax. Sabrina and Paul

Amazing welcome,fantastic accomodation. Terrific views

What a wonderful experience this was...from start to finish! The owner, Natalie, greeted us on arrival and was so informative about the property and it's surroundings. She had thought of everything, all the little extras one likes but doesnt usually get! Everything was luxurious and spotlessly clean. It was so peaceful and the beds were comfy too. We had fun exploring the massive bath..... This was our maiden visit but I can assure you it will be the first of many. Can't wait until my next Birthday. Thank you Natalie for such a tremendous weekend.
Mar 21, 2023 by Jeannie

Absolutely perfect stay

We absolutely loved our stay at the windmill. It's absolutely beautiful and so quirky! Natalie was incredible throughout our stay and there were so many nice thoughtful touches as we just got engaged. We are going to stay here again for our mini moon and I can't wait; it really is such a special place! Xx
Mar 21, 2023 by Jay and Sam

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