Cool place of the week: The Windmill, Suffolk

Martin Dunford

When I was very young I had a fascination for Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree – in particular the treetop home of the character Moonface, where all the furniture was curved to match not only the shape of the tree but also his round, moon-shaped face.

So you can imagine how excited I was to discover The Windmill, a recent project of Natalie Roberts and her very handy husband Steve, which has just opened for business in the rural fields of Suffolk.

It’s not only a stunning conversion, and has been shortlisted for a number of awards, but also one where the furniture has been curved to follow the contours of the building – which at just over 120 years old was one of the last windmills to be built in England.

The historic corn mill would be an ideal holiday home for Moonface, but it’s also 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. It’s nice to have the timbered restaurants and historic delights of Lavenham so close by, but 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.

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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 utilities you could possibly need – plus there’s an outdoor terrace for a lazy start to the day before trekking off across the fields.

Hard to believe, but you’re less than a 2-hour drive from London…

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