The Mill

Long Melford, Suffolk
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1787 378035
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£165 - £175
per night

Gorgeous rooms and splendid breakfasts – for sybarites, history-lovers, cyclists and canoeists - bang in the middle of ancient Long Melford


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

£165 - £175 per night

The Experience

Your comfort is Paul and Clare’s priority. They’ll happily run you and the kayaks up to Sudbury for a day on the river, or lend you bikes and give advice about where to cycle. There are wonderful walks straight from the door too – return to chocolates and fruit cake in your room.

Attention has been lavished on the guest bedrooms in the converted cottage by the front gate. The Melford room has views over the Tudor turrets of Melford Hall and a great brass bath. The Garden room has its own log-burner and a private walled garden. Everything under the old beams is bespoke, interesting, immaculate.

Ask your hosts about the rich history of the house and its most famous occupant, the WWI poet Edmund Blunden – they’ll show you his first editions. You have a generous and relaxed breakfast in the main house conservatory; forget the car and spend days enjoying the village treasures and shops; stroll out to a different place to eat each evening.

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We think you'll love

  • Discovering the history of the house
  • Not having to get into a car to explore or eat out
  • The big tasty breakfasts
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You should know

  • You will hear some traffic noise in the garden and patio
  • Paul and Clare’s three Persian cats live in the main house
  • The Melford room’s patio is not completely private


  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £165
Singles £110-£120.
2 Doubles
From £165


Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 11am
Other details
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
Pub 1-minute walk.


We stayed 3 nights in March 2024. Superb B&B. Excellent attention to detail, local produce for breakfast and an extensive morning menu. Our room was spacious and very well appointed. The owner has a wealth of knowledge regarding the local area, we were impressed with the history of The Mill, and the local area of Long Melford. Bravo!

John, London

My wife and I have just enjoyed a two night autumn and winter mini-break at The Mill. The rooms were as new and immaculately clean. Paul offered a warm and friendly welcome and a fab breakfast on both mornings. We stayed in The Garden room with a pretty log burner, and we had fresh milk, flowers and chocolates in the room. We would recommend.

Stephen, London

This has to be one of the best B&Bs in the country. Not only have you got total privacy being separate from the main house but one of the rooms even has its' own garden. The road noise at rush hour can only be heard outside in the garden. Inside you can hardly hear a thing thanks to the triple glazing. Not only is Paul a very convivial host but he cooks the most amazing breakfast and lots of it. Another bonus is the location in Long Melford, you can walk to any one of six eateries ranging from cheap to gourmet food and you don't have to toss a coin to see who is going to drive! A great stay.

Dave, Wirral

Absolutely outstanding two nights stay at this true gem of a renovation ❤️. Location, hospitality, comfort, decor, attention to detail, Paul’s breakfasts.......... all truly perfect! Made our time in Suffolk sublime. Cannot recommend highly enough. Stayed in The Melford room with the divine bathtub and views of Melford Hall and next time, we’ll be trying the garden room, which looked truly amazing too. Thanks Paul and Clare, we’ll be back for sure.

Jennifer, Stratford-upon-Avon

Very warm welcome with practical and full explanations and suggestions. Paul and Clare are paying a lot of attention to detail. Room with ensuite bathroom has been modernised to a high spec with walk-in shower and special features such as illuminated wash basin and shower niche's with fade possibility. Although on a busy road the room had been virtually 100% soundproofed and had access to a very nice little walled garden which traps the sun in the morning and should be very pleasant in summer. Off-road parking, excellent breakfast and overall very enjoyable stay.

Graham, Kehlen

Wow! Just the most fabulous place to stay - so much care and attention to detail have gone into making this a truly memorable experience. Everything has been thought of; mood lighting over the brass bath, gorgeous toiletries, a log burner in one of the rooms; your own garden or patio and of course a wonderful breakfast every morning with eggs from the resident chickens. Lovely.

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The neighbourhood

The Mill is in the centre of Long Melford with its 2.5 mile High Street, choice of places to eat, art and antique shops and lively summer Street Fair. It’s next to the NT’s Melford Hall and close to Kentwell Hall with its rare breeds farm. The Bull is a minute’s walk; for fine dining it’s 2 minutes to 5* Scutchers restaurant. This is Constable Country: Dedham Vale and Flatford Mill are 40 minutes in the car; medieval Clare and Lavenham 5; Aldeburgh 50.

Local points of interest from Paul Jarrett & Clare Livens

  • Its all about location! Gaze from your room or private garden toward the soaring spires of Melford Hall. A couple of steps east from The Mill brings guests to the square pond and moat of the Hall; look out for swimming swans and Muntjac deer.
  • Sample great food in numerous eateries and sip craft beer in our very own brewery overlooking wheat fields. Long Melford has a fantastic choice of bars and restaurants with some outstanding fine dining options all within 5 minutes walk from The Mill.
  • Do you like to walk, paddle or cycle? The Mill provides free bikes & kayaks to explore nearby areas, so you can get lost on a hot summers day in Constable country! Explore Flatford Mill, Dedham &Stoke-by-Nayland; paint your own picture of sleepy Suffolk!
  • Long Melford is renowned for having an excellent variety of independent shops & vibrant art galleries. The TV series 'Lovejoy' was filmed in the village so prepare to search for treasures and curios in some colourful and quirky shops.
  • Immerse yourself in the writings of the war poet, Edmund Blunden, whom lived and died at The Mill. He wrote some of his works in The Garden Room and was a professor of poetry at Oxford University. The Mill holds a small collection of his 1st edition works.
  • Step back in time at Kentwell Hall, a romantic, moated, red brick Tudor mansion in a tranquil setting. Just a 20 minute stroll from The Mill, Kentwell offers a myriad of special events that appeal to everyone, and has delightful formal gardens to explore.


Paul Jarrett & Clare Livens

Paul and his wife Clare fell for the charms of Suffolk, moved to Long Melford in 2005 and began to apply their creative drive to renovating properties. They completed work on their Grade II listed Mill in 2018; past occupants would surely approve: the World War poet Edmund Blunden lived here for a few years before he died in 1974; the American artist Mark Miller, who married Blunden’s daughter, spent time here too.