Need to know
15, including four suites.
11am; check‑in 3pm; both are flexible for £30, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $123.70 (£92), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include breakfast.
Praise be: bathroom toiletries are courtesy of Espa, and they're a decent size, too. While there's no spa at the hotel, it has teamed up with SK Clinic and Spa to provide in-room massages and treatments. Enjoy an aromatherapy facial or SK’s signature Lumafirm Body Wrap that promises to rejuvenate, firm and tone the skin.
At the hotel
12 acres of gardens, boules pitch, golf green, DVD/CD library, Merida Crossway hybrid bikes and board games to borrow, laundry. In rooms, six‑foot Presotto beds, minibar with free water and juice, free WiFi, Loewe flatscreens with Apple TV (including Netflix), Bose sound system and iPod dock, Espa toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
We love the three large, airy rooms in the main mill: exposed beams, dinner‑plate‑sized shower heads and double‑ended stone baths big enough for a crowd – definitely worth, ahem, splashing out on. The tubs in the Mill Room and Mill Room East have views of the pond through picture windows. Of the Loft Suites we have soft spots for Loft South and Loft West (although shyer types should note the latter's bathroom opens doorlessly into the bedroom).
Indigestion tablets: you won't be able to stop eating the chef's delightful (and generously portioned) food, especially since it's everywhere you look (including dangerously moreish home-made biscuits in your room).
There’s a two‑night minimum stay on Saturday nights; three nights bank holidays.
Dogs are welcome in the Mill Stream and Water Meadow rooms and public areas (except the restaurant) for a charge of £15 a night – give advance notice. A bowl and bag of treats will be waiting for them on arrival. See more pet-friendly hotels in Suffolk.
Extra beds or cots can be provided in rooms, £30 a night. There’s a children’s menu, and the chef is happy to adapt the main menu (half portions, no sauce…). Highchairs, paper, pencils and crayons are always to hand.
Babies and up – children of all ages welcomed.
The best rooms for families are the Mill Room or one of the four Loft Rooms. All are large and have plenty of space for an extra cot or bed.
There's masses to see and do in the area, including exploring the Fens by boat, riding (from age five up) at Barrow Hall Stables, swinging times at Go Ape in Thetford, or trying quad biking at the nearby WildTracks off-road activity park. The High Lodge (also in Thetford) has an adventure playground that will amuse little Smiths for hours.
Children are allowed in the restaurant at all times, and it opens for the evening at a family friendly 6.30pm. There's a dedicated menu with lots of favourites, including pasta, sausages and mash, fish cakes and home-made ice creams.
No need to pack
Highchairs are provided in the restaurant, and wee ones can practice their art skills with paper, pencils and crayons while you wait for the food to arrive.
There is a DVD player in each room, and a large selection of child-suitable DVDs to borrow.