Destination Suffolk - EADT Suffolk Magazine

Off the beaten track - 

Letheringham’s historic water mill site on the Deben near Wickham Market is Suffolk’s multi-award-winning place to relax and recharge for people and their pooches. Words: Lindsay Want

Soaking up the Suffolk sunshine in the deliciously relaxing company of unrushed coffee and croissants, Mike and Cynthia simply couldn’t feel more comfortable down at the mill by the lazy loops of the Deben. “Our home in Chelmsford is just an hour’s drive,” starts Cynthia. “But it seems like a million miles away,” nishes Mike. Letheringham Mill may have only been opening its gates to self-catering guests for a couple of years, but this lost-in-time, lost-in-the-countryside site has already somehow acquired itself quite a following. This delighted couple are enjoying their ninth stay.

There’s a pause – and paws in fact, as rambling resident Labradoodle, amber, puts her nose above the table parapet to see if there’s a green light to gather any crumbs. She’s disappointed, but this week’s lady of the house clearly is not. “It’s so beautiful here, in all the seasons,” she enthuses.

But as pinch-me-I-must-be-dreaming as all this may feel, Letheringham Mill couldn’t be more real in many ways. What is truly from the land of make-believe, is how a forgotten almost feudal backwater of fast-deteriorating, yet precious Suffolk history could be transformed within a matter of months into one of england’s of cially most welcoming and quite outstanding places to stay. Recently presented with the Visitengland ROSe (Recognition Of Service excellence), you’d expect such an award to be a sign of true love and its labours.

“Richard wanted to do a project when he retired,” explains Jacqui Gooding. With Devon and Cornwall deemed too wet, and Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset dismissed as too far from the all-important London theatre- x, attention turned to Suffolk, familiar territory, as it happened for Richard, a Saxmundham lad made more than good, who found himself heading up London Luton and London City airports in advance of his retirement. “Suffolk is very special,” he shares thoughtfully. ”That moment on the a12 when you cross the Stour, it’s like going through a shutter. The whole pace of life changes.“

With mention of a mill on the site in the Domesday Book, the bones of poor murdered 17th century miller John Bullard remembered on a plaque planted in the beautiful formal borders, with weird-looking, medicinal toothwort still feeding off the cricket bat willows down in the misty grove, and a massive moated farmstead and medieval barns bordering as backdrop, there’s every evidence that these are ancient lands reaching out with a real sense of belonging. But when Jacqui and Richard took up the time-honoured gauntlet in 2013, the mill’s collection of buildings were more than just dog-eared. Converting, designing and furnishing each property individually to demanding standards and always with a keen and clever eye for detail, it wasn’t just her human guests that Jacqui wanted welcome with real home comforts. “Most places which label themselves

Letheringham Mill offers high quality, truly dog-friendly accommodation in a beautiful setting


A Christmas Ghost Story for you

We have been delighted with the number of paranormal investigators who have visited us because of the infamous Jonas Snell. In the year 1698, a double axe murder took place at Letheringham water mill in the county of Suffolk, England. The victims John Bullard senior and junior, were left hog tied to a beam in the mill after being butchered by an axe.

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Many of investigations have proved successful and if you would like to see a film about an actual sighting please enjoy this wonderful para documentary called THE HAUNTING AT POTSFORD GIBBET - A TALE OF MURDER, & A GHOST made by Chris Halton.

The good vet and pet guide - 10th May 2017

Letheringham Water Mill in Rural Suffolk - By Grace White


4 years ago, when Jacqui and Richard invested in some wrecked and ruined buildings they had no idea what they had let themselves in for…

Fast forward 4 years and they are now the proud winners of the Visit England – Dog Friendly Business of The Year Award!

Letheringham Water Mill situated in Rural Suffolk offers 5 * Gold Rated accommodation that would make any stay a special one.

It’s uniqueness and classic English setting is not only perfect for humans but a great escape for your canine companions and there’s no restriction on how many you can bring too!!

Dogs won’t need to bring their suitcase with them as on arrival they’ll be presented with their very own, personal crate providing all the essentials they could wish. These include – a towel, blanket, bowl and more.

But just because your four-legged friend is getting spoilt, doesn’t mean you won’t be too!




                              We are delighted to say that we won the VisitEngland award!

National Winners Trophy presented by Sue Perkins & Suzanne Bond, VisitEngland Advisory Board 

VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe: 

“This year’s awards were fiercely contested and we had some terrific applications, showcasing not only the excellence on offer within English tourism but also the outstanding innovation and the sheer diversity of experiences throughout the country.

“From afternoon tea in a railway carriage to ‘Alice in Wonderland’ boutique hotel rooms, from great family friendly animal attractions to cottages for one, all well deserved the recognition of their quality and service.”
All the Finalists together - Great day out at The London Waldorf Hotel - Monday 24th April 2017

All the Finalists together - Great day out at The London Waldorf Hotel - Monday 24th April 2017

Richard Gooding said today, “We are absolutely thrilled to win this coveted award. It’s wonderful for such a small business to be recognised nationally.”

Delighted to Announce we are Finalists in VisitEngland's Awards for Excellence 2017

9th March 2017

VisitEngland, the national tourist board has announced the finalists for the Awards for Excellence 2017 with Letheringham Water Mill named as a finalist. The winners of this prestigious accolade will be announced at the Awards ceremony on Monday 24th April at the Hilton Waldorf, London. 

Working collaboratively with industry, VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence celebrate the best in English tourism.

Letheringham Water Mill announced as a finalist today, represents one of the three finalists in the 2017 Dog Friendly Business in England category.  All finalists must wait until the Awards ceremony to discover whether they have won an award. 

VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said: “The Awards shine a spotlight on an industry driven by the highest-calibre people and organisations who deliver unforgettable experiences for visitors, raising the profile of England as a world-class destination and driving the economic benefits of tourism across the regions.  Awards for Excellence finalists exemplify outstanding tourism talent and distinguished businesses throughout England. We received over 600 truly impressive applications this year and there’s absolutely no doubt that the finalists represent the very best in the industry.  I’d like to congratulate all finalists and wish them the very best of luck.”

Speaking on behalf of Letheringham Water Mill, Richard Gooding said, “The VisitEngland Awards are very highly thought of and we are delighted to reach the finals.  Letheringham Water Mill is all about wonderful holiday accommodation for families and their dogs in the heart of the beautiful Suffolk countryside.  We're not just dog friendly - we are really dog friendly but without any compromise on quality; to be recognised for this means the world to us.”