Situated in an exquisitely converted water mill on the River Stour, The Mill Hotel in Sudbury offers rural serenity, excellent food and picturesque views over the surrounding Suffolk countryside. Soothing, contemporary interiors complement the mill’s original features, including exposed beams and the waterwheel itself in the bar and restaurant. The 62 modern bedrooms are decorated in a relaxed rustic style, with warm, soothing tones alongside original features such as exposed beams. Many rooms enjoy lovely views over the meadows and countryside and all are fully equipped with modern conveniences such as flat-screen TVs with Freeview, complimentary Wi-Fi, a hospitality tray and contemporary bathrooms. The AA Rosette-winning restaurant features a modern British menu in a historic setting, with the original working water mill as the focus of the dining room. Seasonal Suffolk produce takes pride of place, paired with a fine selection of Old and New world wines, not to mention local ales such as those from Nethergate Brewery, just up the road. Al fresco drinking and dining on the terrace is a treat, and a heated canopy allows for outside dining even on chillier evenings. Near the hotel are the charming villages and landscapes made famous by Constable’s paintings. Explore medieval Lavenham, Dedham Vale, Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury, the village of Kersey and the beautiful Valley Walk, with its three old water mills.