Wainford Mill House
Pirnhow Street Bungay Norfolk NR35 2RU
This renovated water mill and miller's house, just outside Bungay in Suffolk (and literally straddling the border between Norfolk and Suffolk) is a recently renovated gem. There has been a mill here since the fourteenth century, but the current buildings date back to the 1800s and were in use as a mill and a maltings until the 1960s, when the buildings fell into disrepair until being rescued in 2008 by two local brothers, Toby and Alex, who spent five years restoring it as a self-catering property. It was a labour of love for sure, bringing it back from a ruin full of trees to the pristine property you see now, but you can see why they fell in love with the old place: it's a truly beautiful spot, a large double-fronted Georgian house backing onto a particularly scenic stretch of the always beautiful Waveney river. It can comfortably sleep 12 people in its six spacious bedrooms, all of which are large and three have en-suite bathrooms while the others share a shower room and toilet. Downstairs there is a large kitchen equipped with a range cooker, a double butler sink and a lovely large table that can seat 12; there's a walk-through sitting room that again can easily accommodate large groups plus a games room full of goodies at the front. But the house's real treasure is the river itself, across which a pretty bridge accesses Suffolk (the house itself is in Norfolk!), the garden and the river bank, where you can float off on the brothers' carefully constructed raft, complete with table and chairs, or row down to Bungay for a pint or to get some supplies in. The garden is huge and has an outside pizza oven and lots of chairs for afternoon lazing, and it's nice to be able to say you've holidayed in both Norfolk and Suffolk. In any case Wainford Mill House is the perfect East Anglian idyll whether north or south of the border.
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