Tuddenham Mill, Suffolk

It’s our 11 year anniversairy and we set off on our romantic getaway to Suffolk. Upon arrival the polite staff showed us to our ‘Water Meadow Room’ with views over the gorgeous tranquil meadow. The first thing we do is drop off the bags, grab our champagne and head out to our very own hammocks located outside our private terrace.

The spacious room features a freestanding bath tub (I’ve become so spoilt now that I’m left a little underwhelmed when a hotel room doesn’t have one), the most comfortable egg shaped armchair, a gorgeous Italian designed six-foot bed, a very large walk in Matki shower with complimentary ESPA products together with two gorgeous Missoni dressing gowns (the coolest we’ve ever seen!). The room is also equipped with the latest tech including Bose sound system, Loewe flat television and our favourite…Apple TV with NETFLIX 🙂

Later, after a flick through Apple TV under the goosedown duvet on the gigantic bed, perhaps dreaming of when such a luxury will be mine, we make a start on the complimentary sloe gin and run a bath to prepare to get smartened up for our evening meal at the hotel’s restaurant.

Leaving behind our chic white washed room we walk across to the hotel, a former flour mill. With the mill lit up and an array of colours, from pink to blue, lighting up the river which runs through the hotel and bears two swans, it feels a million years away from its Domesday Book origins.

After a quick discussion to find out the latest menu (the menu is updated daily) we head upstairs to the restaurant. Despite there being a few other couples conversation is quiet, almost like our fellow diners are in whispering-only mode, but we soon forget our neighbours as we embark on the artistic menu, concocted by upcoming chef Paul Foster.

Foster, whose work history includes Thomas Keller’s French Laundry in California and Sat Bains in Nottingham, has become the star of Tuddenham Mill having received fantastic reviews, particularly from Guardian critic Jay Raynor and more recently bagging the young chef of the year prize in the Observer Food Monthly Awards this year. Not bad for a 29 year-old.Feeling stuffed after the courses – plus petit fours – we somehow make it back to our tidied-up room, which was playing the Mr & Mrs Smith CD (don’t worry, no cringe-worthy love songs on this compilation of funky beats).

After a gorgeous night’s sleep we head back over to the restaurant and pretty much ordered everything on the breakfast menu – full english, smoothies, granola and yoghurt, croissants and toast –which of course we then realised maybe we should have ordered this to enjoy in bed!

After breakfast we managed to get in one more go on the hammocks… like children at Christmas we sprint across the beautiful meadow, enjoying the fresh air taking in the last minute selfies.

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We would highly recommend Tuddenham Mill for anyone looking for a romantic getaway. This boutique, luxury hotel is perfect for a peaceful break, with award winning food and very friendly and welcoming staff. Next time we visit we will most certainly like to come and try the loft suite for even more added luxury.

R & S x

High Street, Tuddenham, Nr Newmarket, Suffolk London IP28 6SQ, 01638 713552. www.tuddenhammill.co.uk

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