Tiny Birch

5 Star rating

Cottage Details

Cottage: Tiny Birch
Location of the cottage: Nayland
Number of bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
Children / Babies: No / There is just room for your Moses basket not a travel cot.
Arrival days (changeover): Monday, Friday
Pets: 1 (1 medium sized dogs welcome)
Mark Scott

A Magical Little Cottage Steeped in History

Tiny Birch resides in Nayland; a tiny medieval-esque village by a river, with lovely walks all around and great pubs to visit.

Mark Scott


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Facilities Checklist

  • Barbeque
  • Bath
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Bikes Provided
  • Cats Accepted
  • Central Heating
  • Clothes Airer or Washing Line
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Clothes Washer
  • Cooker and Hob
  • Courtyard
  • Dishwasher
  • Dog Friendly
  • Flame Effect Fire
  • Freezer-compartment
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Garden - Enclosed
  • Ground Floor Bath
  • Ground Floor Bedroom
  • Ground Floor Shower
  • Ground Floor Toilet
  • High Chair Provided
  • Internet Access
  • Iron and Board
  • King Size Bed
  • Microwave
  • Off Road Parking
  • Open Fire
  • Shepherds Hut Holiday
  • Shower, over Bath
  • Shower, Walk In
  • Single Storey
  • Smart TV
  • Television
  • Towels Provided
  • Travel Cot Provided
  • Village
  • Wifi
  • Wood Burner


This is a tiny but beautiful little cottage where a lucky couple can escape the rush and bustle of modern city life and enjoy some precious moments in a romantic and historic Suffolk cottage.

Cottage Walk Through

  • You enter Tiny Birch directly into the main room with its gorgeous Inglenook fireplace and lovely wood burning stove, the house was once the parlour to a much larger house and you can see the old Medieval doorways, long plastered over, that would have led through to the other building.
  • The wealth of beams and original architectural features is a wonderful experience and although small this room is lovely for two people as it has everything you need and a comfortable sofa to snuggle down infront of the roaring log burner and relax into.
  • From this beautiful room you go through to a very well equipped kitchen and out through double patio doors into a small sunny courtyard garden, great for a glass of wine and a BBQ under the vine clad sun shade beams. From the main room you go up the steep stairs into the bedroom with its impressive high ceiling reaching into the ancient rafters.
  • The bathroom is ensuite and has a bath with a decent shower over it.
  • There is room for your Moses Basket if you are bringing a baby but not really space for a proper travel cot, we do not provide bedding, baskets or cots for babies in this cottage.


The Location

  • Tiny Birch is a really sweet little cottage in one of England’s oldest streets but it is quite busy and narrow - so for those seeking a very quiet retreat we have other cottages better suited, on the other hand this cottage is really special for those who want to be in a uniquely historic village location with a welcoming pub and some very old fashioned village shops and lovely countryside walks straight from their front door.
  • Nayland, which is one of Suffolk's famous unspoilt Medieval Villages, is perched on the banks of the River Stour and is full of beautiful Historic Houses - it also has a good pub called The Anchor being on the banks of the River Stour, with excellent food and beer and some good village shops like the butchers and the small mini market and a Post Office General stores.
  • There are walks straight from the cottage into the countryside and up the lanes on the Pilgrims Way to Stoke-by-Nayland where the excellent award winning Crown Pub and the Angel pub are.


Standard Inclusive Features

All prices include VAT and everything written below:

Kitchen: All cottages are complete little homes and facilities include modern central heating, refrigerator, hobs, oven and / or microwave, toaster, crockery & serving dishes, cutlery, many utensils, fire-extinguisher, lots of pots & pans, glasses & mugs, kettle, coffee maker, teapot, kitchen towels, oven gloves, olive oil & vinegar, salt & pepper, sugar, herbs, tea, fresh and instant coffee, washing up liquid, cloths, general cleaning materials, etc.

"Welcome Pack": Contains all the freshest ingredients for a 'Proper English breakfast': eggs, bacon, butter, some tomatoes, fruit, a lemon, a litre of milk and a loaf of fresh local bread.

Bathroom: Soap, fluffy cotton towels, bath mats, shaver point, toilet brush, toilet roll.

Bedroom: Cotton bed linen, wardrobe with coat hangers / chest of drawers, iron, ironing board, hairdryer.

Living room: If your cottage has an open fire or stove then a basket with firewood and a bucket with coal will be provided free and more will be available at cost and there will be firelighters provided, TV, books, games, magazines, local brochures, OS and other maps, folder with our special 'What To Do' insiders guide to the local area.

Baby: Cot and high chair provided in cottages accepting babies (please bring babies bedding).

Dog: Water bowl and treat per dog is provided in cottages accepting pets.

Bikes: Please check with the owner that these are available before you arrive to avoid disappointment if they are in for maintenance 

Well behaved Dogs are always welcome, please refer to All About Bringing Pets for charges, rules and how this cottage may suit your pet.

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Our "Welcome Pack": Contains all the freshest ingredients for a 'Proper English breakfast': eggs, bacon, butter, some tomatoes, fruit, a lemon, a litre of milk and a loaf of fresh local bread.

Cottages with open fires are supplied with a complimentary first load of fuel after which you can buy more using an honesty box.

Most cottages also supply Bikes free of charge unless it is stated that no bikes are available.

Breakfast Basket Supplied

Enjoy the hedonistice pleasures of a Massage or Beauty Therapist treatment at your cottage to smooth away those stressed nerves.

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While you are staying with us why not have a special treat and go Sailing for the day.  

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Public Transport

London Liverpool Street station - Colchester station = 47 mins

Taxis at station - 15 mins to cottage

What the Guests Say

  • Friday, 8th of July, 2016, Kris:

    Just to let you know what a fantastic time Charlie (my Springer Spaniel) and myself had whist staying at your gorgeous cottage. Everything was absolutely perfect - including the weather! The local produce you left was delightful too and made for the most magnificent breakfasts! For the last five years I've had a cunning plan to take a delicious early retirement and settle in the Yorkshire Dales - but now I am thinking of looking a little farther south to Suffolk!

  • Sunday, 29th of May, 2016, Zoe:

    Very well appointed accommodation with everything you need for a pleasant stay. Friendly welcome and nice welcome basket!

  • Friday, 6th of November, 2015, Lyndsey & Nigel:

    We had a wonderful break in Tiny Birch. The cottage is beautiful and the decor exactly to our taste!! Many thanks indeed for everything and the welcome pack was much appreciated. Thank you again.

  • Monday, 19th of October, 2015, Catherine:

    Just superb!

  • Sunday, 27th of September, 2015, Sophie:

    Lovely little house equipped with everything you need.

  • Friday, 17th of July, 2015, Susan & Craig:

    Emma was a really welcoming host and everything we needed was in the cottage. Thoroughly enjoyable stay.

  • Thursday, 18th of June, 2015, Gerald & Averil:

    Tiny Birch is quirky and quaint, even though it dates from medieval times it has all the facilities that we need for 2015. Very relaxing weeks break, the village of Nayland is very pretty and has some lovely walks.

  • Thursday, 11th of June, 2015, John:

    Tiny Birch is an ideal location in a gem of a village. The cottage must be very cosy in winter and is nice and cool in summer. Nice courtyard, great for breakfast on a summers morning.

  • Monday, 11th of May, 2015, Ellie:

    A wonderful cosy romantic cottage of a very high standard. Will definitely be using Grove Cottages again.

  • Tuesday, 5th of May, 2015, Andrea:

    Tiny Birch is a cosy and cute cottage. Our stay has been wonderful, the perfect way to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We're planning our next trip to Suffolk and will be staying at Grove Cottages once again.

  • Friday, 13th of March, 2015, Sophie:

    Tiny Birch is amazing - cute, romantic and cosy

  • Sunday, 1st of February, 2015, Susan:

    Tiny Birch may be small in size, but it's got masses of charm. Emma was a friendly, helpful host and we hope to stay here again.

  • Wednesday, 7th of January, 2015, Tom & Kylie:

    We had a lovely stay. We wanted somewhere relaxed and cosy to spend a few days following our wedding, and Tiny Birch met all our expectations. A very friendly welcome and a thoughtful extra gift from Emma, in congratulations. Would definitely recommend and hope we can stay in a Grove Cottage again.

  • Friday, 2nd of January, 2015, Julie:

    Very cosy and comfortable cottage and was everything we hoped for. We had a very relaxing and enjoyable stay. The local information supplied was very useful.

  • Friday, 19th of December, 2014, Wallis:

    Really enjoyed the stay! Got to relax from our normal lives in the city.

  • Friday, 12th of December, 2014, Rachel:

    Lovely cosy cottage! Quiet village but everything you need for a relaxing getaway. Lovely welcome, explained everything thoroughly. Roaring fire is a great addition to the cottage.

  • Sunday, 7th of December, 2014, Jon:

    Everything was perfect!

  • Friday, 7th of November, 2014, Jan & Bram:

    It's a lovely cottage with great character. It is furnished very well and feels luxurious.

  • Monday, 3rd of November, 2014, Mick & Gilly:

    Thank you for a lovely break at Tiny Birch. This is an ideal spot for exploring the nearby countryside and villages. We look forward to returning in the near future - thank you

  • Thursday, 16th of October, 2014, Chris:

    Having stayed a few times as Grove Cottages, we are never disappointed with the attention to detail, to make our stay just right. It was as cosy and relaxing as we hoped, and the friendly village was a nice surprise.

  • Sunday, 5th of October, 2014, Hedley & Jane:

    The cottage is beautiful and all we expected of Grove Cottages. A real taste of Suffolk and rural England.

  • Friday, 3rd of October, 2014, Trevor & Sharon:

    We had a lovely relaxing week at the cottage and fell in love with Nayland. Everyone gave us a warm welcome and we felt so at home here, that a return trip is definitely planned.

  • Monday, 22nd of September, 2014, Amy:

    Wonderful historic village. Beautifully decorated cottage and helpful hosts - thank you!

  • Saturday, 13th of September, 2014, William & Emina:

    Thanks Emma, we had a perfect stay, everything was magnificent!

  • Sunday, 7th of September, 2014, Hugh & Ann:

    Nayland is a lovely village, and the church is a gem.

  • Saturday, 6th of September, 2014, Allen & Katie:

    Really great stay. Locals very welcoming and friendly too!

  • Friday, 29th of August, 2014, Jackie:

    We come to visit Suffolk a couple of times a year. We love the countryside and quaint villages and properties. We were once again, delighted with the property and it's area setting. Thank you Grove Cottages.

  • Friday, 22nd of August, 2014, Dan:

    Had a lovely time at Tiny Birch, everything was just as I hoped it would be. Very picturesque location, pretty cottage, log fire - but still with the mod cons, like a good shower, dishwasher and high standard kitchen.

  • Wednesday, 20th of August, 2014, Stevie & Martin:

    T - Terrific I - Idyllic N - Nicer than nice! Y - Yummy food at The Anchor! B - Beautiful I - Immaculate R - Relaxing C - Charming and cosy H - Homely Thank you for a wonderful few days away - wish it could have been a longer stay. Maybe next time!.....

  • Sunday, 10th of August, 2014, Cindy:

    A cosy cottage, which almost immediately felt like a home from home.

  • Sunday, 27th of July, 2014, Helen:

    Beautifully restored, nice kitchen and bathroom, very comfortable bed! Lovely village with excellent walks.

  • Sunday, 27th of July, 2014, Richard & Christine:

    An amazing cottage and a fabulous stay. Thank you very much.

  • Monday, 14th of July, 2014, Graham:

    Gorgeous cottage in gorgeous village. Very friendly people - Nayland, an amazing piece of history.

  • Friday, 11th of July, 2014, Ian:

    This is a truly inspirational cottage, living up to its accommodation description and exceeded our expectation.

  • Monday, 30th of June, 2014, Leanne:

    Good things come in small packages.

  • Friday, 27th of June, 2014, Leanne The First Guest in Tiny Birch:

    Dear Emma Big Thank you. You passed with flying colours. We have stayed with Grove Cottages frequently and your standard is their standard. Well Done 5 Star X

  • Saturday, 4th of January, 2014, Darryl:

    We will be highly recommending this cottage as a tranquil getaway, from a busy, hectic working lifestyle. It was so peaceful to have no technology, and to sit in front of a roaring fire whilst listening to an owl hoot outside!

  • Wednesday, 30th of November, -0001, Amanda & Richard:

    Three sunny days in Suffolk. Tiny Birch is very special and the village of Nayland offers so much and the surrounding area, great to explore.

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