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UK England East Anglia Suffolk Lavenham Apple Mount Retreat

  • Sleeps 2 (max 2 adults, 0 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Private Bathroom
  • In room Wifi
  • En-suite bathroom/toilet

The Owner Says

We’ve worked hard to ensure our pods are all luxurious, charming and serene, with:

- Underfloor heating

- Built-in shower room with ensuite shower, hand basin and toilet. 2 bath towels included.

- Welcome Toiletries- shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, shower cap.

- Double bed with good quality mattress, fluffy plumpy duvets and pillows and hotel-quality linen

- Compact kitchen, including microwave and fridge

- Toaster, kettle

- Complementary Tea, coffee, sugar and milk, and washing-up liquid.

- Crockery, cutlery, glasses, etc

- Cookware

- Dining table and chairs

- Lockable French doors leading onto decking

- Outside deck with chairs and parasol

- Firepit and BBQ (Firewood and charcoal must be purchased from Apple Mount Retreat)

- Wifi

Our luxurious linen is professionally laundered at high temperatures in line with covid-19 procedures

Inside, you'll find rich, earthy tones, hotel-quality linen (professionally laundered), a fabulous ensuite shower and toilet with heated towel rail and extractor fan. The German compact kitchen is equipped with the essentials including crockery, cutlery and range of glassware, bottle-opener, corkscrew, etc. Your welcome pack includes coffee, tea, sugar and milk, premium-brand toiletries and washing-up liquid. The underfloor heating is there if you want it and is thermostatically-controlled. Each pod also has a table and chairs and hooks to hang coats and coat-hangers, as well as basic storage.

Each pod has its own south-facing deck, with light, deckchairs and parasol, as well as fire pit and barbecue.

From the door which overlooks the lawn, giant witch’s hat tipi* and large pond, you can enjoy being immersed in nature; look out for the deer, pheasants, partridges and hares; listen to the birdsong in the daytime and owls at night. Surrounded by a mixture of natural woodland and formal gardens, you can spend your time exploring the flora and fauna or enjoying the statues around the site. Tables and benches are strategically placed to make the most of the morning, midday and evening sun for picnics or peaceful reflection.

Our large heated swimming pool* is surrounded by sun-loungers, deckchairs and parasols.

Don’t forget the newly-resurfaced tennis court!

And our large field is perfect for walks, picnics, kite-flying, etc.

We have kites for you to borrow if you don’t bring your own, and a Croquet set available on request.

Our hilltop location gives you the best of both worlds, with beautiful sunrises over the farmland and spectacular sunsets over our large field and the rolling countryside beyond. 

Apple Mount Retreat is your very own slice of heaven.

*Tipi and Swimming Pool are available in Spring and Summer, until the end of September or later as weather permits.

Features & Facilities

At the centre of Apple Mount Retreat is our unmistakable giant ‘witch’s hat’ tipi*, a magical space to enjoy on your own or to share with your group. With the sides down it’s perfect for cosy evenings around the large fire pit, lit by hundreds of twinkling fairy lights, and with the sides up you have the best of both worlds, being both indoors and outside at once.

Simply being here and enjoying the space, peace and beauty is enough for some people, with our fabulous heated pool* and excellent tennis court, of course.

* Tipi and swimming pool are available in Spring and Summer, until the end of September, or later if weather permits.

Plenty of car parking is available onsite.

Our 4 luxurious ensuite glamping pods are lovingly designed with your comfort in mind:

- Comfortable double bed with hotel-quality linen

- Ensuite shower room and toilet – with towels

- Underfloor heating

- Compact kitchen with microwave, fridge, sink (hot and cold running water), kettle and toaster

- Welcome pack including tea, coffee, sugar and milk, washing up liquid and toiletries

- Dining table and chairs

- Crockery, cutlery and proper glasses for your favourite tipple

- Outside, each pod has its own deck, with firepit, BBQ, chairs and parasol

- And wifi, of course!

You might like to treat yourself to one of our alternative treatments or therapies whilst you’re here:

Call us to discuss the perfect holistic therapies to help you to achieve your goals including Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Reiki, Shamanic Healing, Drum circles and workshops, and Yoga, amongst other things. Everything can be personalised to suit your individual or group requirements and is subject to availability.

In addition, we offer coaching sessions with our highly experienced coach, to help you find direction and set and achieve your life, health and career goals. Please note that the therapies and treatments must be booked in advance and are subject to availability.

Please contact Debbie at Apple Mount Retreat as soon as you have booked to arrange your treatments. Treatments are payable on arrival Apple Mount Retreat.


Apple Mount Retreat is situated on a hilltop just outside Lavenham in Suffolk, famous for its well-preserved medieval buildings, Guildhall, Little Hall Museum and impressive church. Find out about the fascinating history of this beautiful, historic village by joining on of the regular walking tours. Lavenham is also known for its great pubs, restaurants and tea shops and there are plenty of lanes and small shops to explore, as well as a popular farmers’ market. And if you’re feeling energetic, you could walk along the route of the old Lavenham to Long Melford Great Eastern Railway Line.

Long Melford (7 miles) is one of Suffolk’s most attractive villages, well-known for its long high street full of antiques shops and art galleries, as well as being poplar as a film location.

Other local attractions include:

Kentwell Hall – (a stately home and gardens hosting historical re-enactments).

Lavenham Falconry – Bird of prey experiences and archery

Giffords Hall Vineyard

Hilly Ridge Alpacas

West Stow Country Park and Anglo-Saxon Village

Greene King Brewery, Bury St Edmunds

Abbey and Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds

Melford Hall

Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury

Ickworth House and gardens

Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket

Food & Drink

Excellent restaurants and pubs can be found in nearby Lavenham and the surrounding villages. The nearest are 2 miles away in Preston St Mary (The Six Bells) and Lavenham:

Our personal favourite is Number 10 in Lavenham, a great bar and restaurant with a brilliant atmosphere and good food.

The Greyhound is also excellent.

Also popular in Lavenham are The Great House and the Cock Horse Inn, Memsaab and The Gallery at The Swan.

And there are plenty of delightful tearooms: Lavenham Blue Vintage Tea Room, Tatum’s Teahouse, Chilli and Chives to name but three.

Lavenham also has a variety of food shops including small supermarkets, an excellent Butchers and delicatessen, Bakers, Grocers, etc.

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A relaxing and enjoyable stay.

You cannot deny the energy and peace of Apple Mount. The surrounding gardens are beautiful and the pods so very comfortable. They are well equipped with everything your will need. The pods are so well designed that you forget that you are glamping and can feel that you are in a hotel room. The hosts are attentive and nothing is too much trouble. It is a perfect space to relax and unwind and explore the beautiful countryside. Do not hesitate to book.
Sep 27, 2021 by Mark Holtman


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Getting There

From Lavenham: Leave Lavenham on Bury Road (A1141) and drive north for just under 2 miles. Just before the water tower, turn right, signposted to Thorpe Morieux and Preston. At the bottom of the hill, turn left towards Thorpe Morieux. As you reach the top of the hill, Apple Mount Retreat is on your left.

From Bury St Edmunds: Leave Bury St Edmunds on the A134 towards Sudbury and Lavenham, and drive south for approximately 5 miles. Turn left onto the A1141 towards Lavenham and continue for approximately 4 miles. Just after the water tower, turn left,  signposted to Thorpe Morieux and Preston. At the bottom of the hill, turn left towards Thorpe Morieux. As you reach the top of the hill, Apple Mount Retreat is on your left.

The nearest Train stations are at Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket and Sudbury and you can then get to Apple Mount Retreat by taxi. Bus services are available between Lavenham and Bury St Edmunds and Lavenham and Sudbury.