Skylarks

5 Star rating

Cottage Details

Cottage: Skylarks
Location of the cottage: Old Newton
Number of bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
Children / Babies: Yes,
Arrival days (changeover): Sunday, Monday, Friday
Pets: 2 (up to 2 small dogs, Dog charges apply)
Mark Scott

The Perfect Anecdote To City Life

To relax back into the large sofa as the countryside changes from day to night; to watch the stars come out as you find yourself in a cosy room lit only by the warm flicker of the wood burning stove.

Mark Scott

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  • 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 or Wood Burner
  • Shepherds Hut Holiday
  • Shower, over Bath
  • Shower, Walk In
  • Single Storey
  • Smart TV
  • Television
  • Towels Provided
  • Travel Cot Provided
  • Village
  • Wifi

Description

 

 

The Experience

 

From the expansive decking, Skylarks looks onto its beautiful enclosed garden and private three acre wildflower meadow, with pathways and seating areas to get the best views.

Skylarks is named after the farmland bird whose song fills the sky around the property. 

This is a special romantic getaway where guests can really enjoy the beauty of the surrounding nature.

 

 

Cottage Walk Through

 

The spacious dining / sitting room has one entire wall made of glass, that opens out onto a large decking where meals can be taken. 

Cooking and preparing meals is a pleasure in the well equipped kitchen.

On the ground floor there is a pretty double bedroom with its own shower / bathroom. 

Upstairs is another double bedroom with its own bathroom containing a luxurious roll top bath.

There is a feeling of comfort, space and light throughout the cottage and all windows look out at pretty countryside.

It is so easy to just light the cosy wood-burning stove, relax back into the large sofa as the sky changes from day to night and watch the stars come out.

This is the perfect antidote to city life. 

If you are a larger group of up to nine guests, then both Skylarks and Little Cote, which is adjacent but faces the opposite direction, can be adapted to accommodate you as a group by opening up the unused connecting hallway - click here for details

 

 

The Gardens

 

The patio overlooks a large enclosed garden, leading through to three acres of wild flower meadow.

There is a perfectly-placed picnic table in the wild flower meadow, where you can dine al fresco with only the bantams busying themselves around your feet, to distract you from the enjoyment of watching nature flourish all around you. Of course the bantams can be penned in if your pet pooch shows too much interest! 

Mowed pathways meander round the wildflower meadow.

This a great spot for bird watching, you can even collect eggs from the free range bantams for breakfast. 

 

 

Outside

 

This cosy cottage sits beside a quiet single track lane surrounded by farmland and is a perfect place to relax and unwind.

This part of Suffolk has a subtle beauty and the gently undulating countryside and quiet country lanes make it perfect for cycling and walking – bikes are provided for guests to explore the pretty lanes and nearby villages. 

The nearest village is Old Newton which is a small agricultural community, with a pub ‘The Shoulder of Mutton’ and a village shop, the ancient market town of Stowmarket is 3 miles away.

 

 

Green Credentials

 

When we built Skylarks Barn on the site of the ancient cowshed next to Little Cote, we knew it should reflect its heritage, but in an honest way and with a modern twist. Lots of insulation, underfloor heating and a wood burning stove make it cosy in the winter (we only use renewable electricity).  And big French doors which open onto a large deck, mean that in the warmer months, you can make the most of the three acres of gardens and wildflower meadows which surround the Barn.

Skylarks style is ‘modern country comfort’ and we hope guests will feel at ease wearing anything from welly boots to high heels!  And, as with Little Cote, our ethos has been to use the garden and countryside as our inspiration; I hope you agree that our décor and furnishings (often refurbished auction finds) reflect this ambition.

Like a lot of people in this area, we try to live in a ‘sustainable way’ (add your own interpretation), so our welcome basket includes whenever possible local, organic food. For example, freshly baked bread from Woosters near Bury St Edmunds or Palmers of Haughley.  Our free range bacon comes from Shelly Brand (the young owner of the smallholding half a mile away in Finningham).  Eggs come from our own, free range hens and for everything else, including Ecover cleaning products, which is all we use, Alder Carr Farm in Needham Market.

Mid Suffolk is a ‘Green’ area, an echo perhaps of the work done by Eve Balfour in the 1920’s, one of the original founders of the Soil Association, whose ‘Haughley Experiment’ took place a short walk from Skylarks, at New Bells Farm, Haughley.

Unlike Eve, we are not farmers, but we do grow vegetables, fruit and flowers AND without resorting to nasty chemicals.  This is because the gardens and wildflower meadow provide such a wonderful habitat for animals and plants of all kinds. In spring, we enjoy a carpet of Cowslips, which are then followed by Orchids and Oxeye daisies; irresistible to bees, moths and butterflies.

The longer summer grasses, Purple Vetch and Knapweed are home to field mice and voles, which in turn attract Kestrels and of course Barn Owls. To see one of these magnificent birds hunting in the meadow at dusk is always thrilling, always magical and if it is your first time, unforgettable. And all year, we are visited by the iconic Brown Hare, Roe and Muntjac Deer.  A guest who worked for the RSPB once counted 27 different species of birds (including of course Skylarks) and I haven’t even mentioned the amphibians and reptiles: who knew there was so much going on? 

In autumn, we feast on Apple and Blackberry pie and at Christmas time toast the New Year in with Sloe Gin made with fruits from the Blackthorn in our hedgerow – not too bad a life is it?

Our main road is called Silver Street, a single track lane, big enough for one car, which is on average what you might see each hour.  So, cycling around here is easy and we ride what are called ‘Elephant Bikes’. They are refurbished Royal Mail Postal Bikes, saved from landfill and given a new lease of life by a company who support a charity in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in Africa.  So a very, very good cause, sustainable, but most importantly great fun to ride; pack a picnic and take off.  You can follow the Elephant Bike story at www.cycleofgood.com.

And although we are not far from Stowmarket, the A14 and the modern world, one criticism levelled at this part of Suffolk is that it is very beautiful, very peaceful, but nothing ever happens!

Great isn’t it, long may it continue!

 

 

Local Area

Skylarks is situated 3 miles from the lively little town of Stowmarket with its Street Market every Thursday and Saturday.

The excellent Museum of East Anglian Life is based in Stowmarket and really worth a visit.

Helmingham Hall, the World famous gardens surrounding the Tudor Moated Hall in a 4oo acre deer park are a 20 minute drive away.

The Historic town of Bury St Edmunds is also just a 20 minute drive away and there are some lovely places to visit there like the famous Abbey Gardens, The Cathedral, Moyes’s House Museum, the Theatre Royal, The Green King Brewery and the beautiful pedestrian centre with its bustling market on Saturdays and beautiful architecture. The town is bursting with interesting cafes and restaurants.

West Stow Country Park and Anglo-Saxon Village is a very interesting place to visit and just a 20 minute drive away

Ickworth ‘An Italianate Palace in the heart of Suffolk’ is about 25 minutes away as are the famously preserved Medieval villages of Lavenham, Long Melford and Kersey.

The unspoilt Suffolk Coast is under an hour’s drive away, where you can discover Shingle Street, Orford, Dunwich, Aldeburgh and Southwold.

 

 

Standard Inclusive Features

Kitchen: 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, toilet brush, toilet roll.

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

Utility Area: iron, ironing board,

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

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

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.

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

Treats

 Bikes are provided for you free of charge to explore the local lanes, please check with the owner your requirements.

Lovely bikes are provided free of charge

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

Eggs from our own Bantams and Chickens

Mmmm... Lovely

A beautiful meadow is attached to this cottage for you to enjoy.

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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 - Stowmarket station = 1 hr 16 mins

Taxis - opposite station Stowmarket Cab Co 01449 677777  - 10 mins to cottage

What the Guests Say

  • Friday, 14th of February, 2020, Biddy & Scott:

    We have never been disappointed using Grove Cottages and Skylarks is no exception. Beautifully presented cottage, very well planned and equipped. So comfortable and cosy, superb beds and linen. Lovely garden and so practical with the dogs! Steve was very helpful and welcoming and we have so enjoyed our stay.

  • Sunday, 2nd of February, 2020, Tray:

    This is undoubtedly the best equipped and loved holiday cottage that we have every stayed in. The attention to detail is outstanding. From the careful choice of books, to the basket of goodies, to the general taste and sense of design of the interior. The orchard and meadow is as beautiful in February as it was in July. A truly magic place

  • Friday, 31st of January, 2020, Belinda:

    Superb as ever. Steve and Cherry are wonderful hosts

  • Friday, 17th of January, 2020, Tracy & Jeremy:

    Very relaxing break in Skylarks. Cosy, comfortable interior, beautiful views from all windows. So lovely to be int he peace and quiet surroundings of country life. Everything was supplied to make our stay home from home. Enjoyed local walks. Log burner on most evenings, very chilled with our glass of wine!

  • Monday, 9th of December, 2019, Carly & Paul:

    Another amazing stay at Skylarks. Cannot wait until next year.

  • Tuesday, 19th of November, 2019, Godfrey:

    Another stay at this cottage, 5 star once again Steve. A great time.

  • Monday, 11th of November, 2019, James :

    Our stay was very enjoyable, such peaceful surroundings. A beautiful, cosy house, comfy facilities and rooms. A well equipped kitchen with a warm reception from Steve on arrival. Dog friendly too, which was lovely for our beagles relaxation. We're definitely going to plan another visit soon.

  • Friday, 1st of November, 2019, Mandy:

    Over and above what we had hoped for

  • Friday, 25th of October, 2019, Martin:

    Have booked via Grove Cottages before. Excellent experience as before 10/10!

  • Monday, 14th of October, 2019, Lucy:

    A beautiful cosy and comfortable cottage in peaceful surroundings. In spite of the persistent rain we had a relaxing and enjoyable weekend in this tasteful, well equipped cottage.

  • Monday, 7th of October, 2019, Terry & Trisch:

    Skylarks is a fantastic place to stay - peaceful, warm, well equipped, comfortable, with a beautiful country garden. Steve gave us a warm welcome and a generous welcome basket full of goodies. One of the best holiday cottages we have stayed in - PERFECT! Thank you!

  • Sunday, 29th of September, 2019, Eve:

    A lovely weekend away in an excellent cottage with everything we could want. A special shout out to the wonderful selection of books!

  • Monday, 23rd of September, 2019, Angela:

    If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing and dog friendly place to stay, then Skylarks is ideal. Has an enclosed safe garden, lovely inside and out. Great place to stay. Steve was there to meet us upon arrival. The property is in a lovely location and met all of our requirements. Everything on the website was accurate. A great relaxing few days away

  • Saturday, 24th of August, 2019, Derek & Annie:

    Our third visit, still as beautiful and relaxing as ever!

  • Friday, 9th of August, 2019, Ruth:

    Everything was 5* plus - we don't want to leave!

  • Friday, 21st of June, 2019, Holjes & Stefanie:

    Perfect place, perfectly designed. Very nice hosts

  • Monday, 27th of May, 2019, Jacob:

    Beautifully designed building, great inside and outside space. Lovely details. Well thought out space and contents, lovely colour splashes and textures. Brilliant reading material! Good info, generous log supply. Lovely grounds and garden - not too managed; naturally great! Provision of bikes brilliant and radios in every room! Love the armchairs too!

  • Sunday, 5th of May, 2019, Paul:

    Tranquil, comfortable, charming and extremely clean. Perfect getaway treat for our anniversary. The cottage has everything you need, we will be back.

  • Friday, 12th of April, 2019, Paul & Ann:

    Another wonderful week at Skylarks. Simply superb!

  • Sunday, 7th of April, 2019, Natalie & Steve:

    A beautiful space to completely relax. We didn't leave the whole weekend. Views, food, Scrabble, wine and Skylarks! Perfect - everything was wonderful

  • Monday, 11th of March, 2019, Keely & Matt:

    We have been staying at Grove Cottages for many years now, never disappointed and Skylarks blew us away, from the super friendly host to meet us, to the delicious welcome basket crammed full of high quality goodies, we loved everything about this cottage. Tastefully decorated, lovely linens and towels, fluffy and soft. Gardens are stunning. Perfect place to relax. One of our definite favourites, we will be back :). Thank you

  • Friday, 1st of March, 2019, Rosie:

    Skylarks has been such a treat and the unseasonal lovely warm weather has been an unexpected bonus. Skylarks was even nicer than I had imagined. There has been a Iot of thought put into it to ensure a perfect stay of guests. Thank you. have enjoyed every minute of my stay and hope to return.

  • Wednesday, 12th of December, 2018, Godfrey & Chimera:

    Once again a fab place as always with Grove Cottages. Never had a bad one and this is the 5th year we have used Grove. Thank you Steve & Cherry for a nice stay, we will be back

  • Sunday, 25th of November, 2018, Lesley-Anne:

    Thank you so much for a perfect restorative break in a beautiful cottage. Skylarks had every possible need catered for and we did not want to leave. A true home away from home -:)

  • Friday, 5th of October, 2018, Paul:

    Idyllic cottage and a lovely warm welcome from Steve.

  • Friday, 28th of September, 2018, Pam:

    So pleased we found this website - wish they extended across the country. Would definitely use again and Skylarks barn was a dream. Perfect - best holiday stay

  • Friday, 31st of August, 2018, Paul & Ann:

    Skylarks is simply perfect! Yet another wonderful stay here. Simply first class!

  • Monday, 20th of August, 2018, Tielen:

    For the second time we stayed at Skylarks with our two children, special request from the kids which made us very happy because we all love Skylarks! Beautiful in and outside, such good care from Steve & Cherry and so much space to relax with nice things to do in Suffolk and surroundings. We would love to come back again!

  • Monday, 20th of August, 2018, Chloe:

    Staying at Skylarks was the perfect break after our wedding. We wanted to relax and enjoy being newlyweds. The attention to detail was fantastic. Everything was so luxurious. We will definitely return!

  • Friday, 3rd of August, 2018, Laura:

    We have had an amazing break. Skylarks is perfect in every way. We will be back! Love, love, loved it all!

  • Friday, 25th of May, 2018, Karen:

    A wonderful cottage in a beautiful, peaceful setting. All superb - highly recommended

  • Monday, 7th of May, 2018, Susan:

    The owners of Skylarks and Little Cote are exemplary. The attention to detail is amazing with many thoughtful touches. A fabulous property that I challenge anyone not to enjoy.

  • Friday, 27th of April, 2018, Roz:

    Lovely cottage, very cosy and thoughtfully decorated. The orchard and chickens a delight. Thank you for the Wyken recommendation - a lovely day out

  • Friday, 20th of April, 2018, Philippa:

    Absolutely wonderful cottage in a beautiful situation. Lovely!! Excelled in every possible aspect

  • Friday, 13th of April, 2018, Lucy:

    Fabulous cottage in beautiful and peaceful surroundings - ideal for a restful break! Everything of a very high standard - nothing lacking.

  • Friday, 30th of March, 2018, Pete & Michelle:

    This was as near perfect to any 'holiday cottage' we have ever stayed in and we have visited a lot over the years. The owners have thought of everything. Very helpful on arrival too. Beds really comfortable, which is something I usually struggle with away from home. For us the short breaks available i.e. 5 days are perfect.

  • Wednesday, 14th of March, 2018, Caroline:

    A delightful place to stay. Wonderful views, this is one of the nicest places we've every stayed in. They have thought of everything. We will definitely return and can't wait!

  • Tuesday, 16th of January, 2018, David:

    The cottage is lovely and clean, very warm and cosy. Great welcome from Steve and a wonderful welcome pack.

  • Sunday, 19th of November, 2017, Simon & Jo:

    When the pressures of life start to build, I go to my 'favourites' where I'll find Grove Cottages. We've yet to repeat going to the same cottage simply because every cottage we've been to we've been 100% satisfied....and more! One day we may be disappointed, hopefully that's a long time ahead. Don't worry we'll tell you when it happens!!

  • Sunday, 12th of November, 2017, Luke:

    Lovely cottage to stay at. Peaceful, relaxing with lovely surroundings. Cottage itself has everything you need and the welcome pack was an extra treat! Would definitely recommend and stay again

  • Sunday, 15th of October, 2017, Sam:

    Wonderful, tranquil and peaceful. Perfect weekend escape.

  • Friday, 29th of September, 2017, Jim & Victoria:

    We have had such a wonderful week in the fabulous Skylarks. The house was beautiful, well equipped and very clean - a joy to stay in. The garden and field simply took our breath away, with how well planned and peaceful it is. Our little one loved visiting the chickens and chicks at least twice a day! A near perfect break - we will be back!

  • Friday, 15th of September, 2017, Tony:

    A beautiful cottage set in quiet and peaceful surroundings. Skylarks is of the highest standard and a very friendly welcome on arrival. A great base for seeing Suffolk.

  • Monday, 28th of August, 2017, Kate:

    We loved our stay in Skylarks barn. It's a gorgeous place with a wonderful garden leading out to a meadow beyond. Wish we could stay longer.

  • Friday, 7th of July, 2017, James:

    Wonderful welcome, beautiful cottage, first class in every way - the cottage exceeded all our expectations

  • Wednesday, 31st of May, 2017, Sam:

    Peaceful setting with stunning views. Friendly welcoming owners. Immaculate cottage beautifully presented, couldn't have been better!

  • Monday, 8th of May, 2017, Pippa:

    Of the 4 cottages we have stayed in, Skylarks is the best. It combines the modern needs with cottage feel perfectly. Every detail is catered for and the owners are really helpful. 5 stars!

  • Sunday, 23rd of April, 2017, Deryn:

    Beautiful setting for a relaxing break.

  • Sunday, 19th of March, 2017, Gem & Luke:

    We had the most wonderful extended weekend at Skylarks. After a warm welcome from Steve and Cherry, the cottage immediately felt like home. Everything you need is ready and waiting, and it was great fun finding books, magazines and games around the place. The chickens at the end of the garden produced us some lovely tasting eggs. Just perfect, we will return soon. The cottage exceeded our expectations. It's the kind of place you'd want to buy! Perfect amount of space, lovely nearby walks and gorgeous chickens with the perfect feeling of tranquility.

  • Friday, 10th of March, 2017, Martin & Claire:

    Skylarks is a tranquil, cosy, comfortable cottage. Ideal if you want to explore Suffolk but perfect if you just need a place to relax and unwind. A really enjoyable and relaxing time.

  • Monday, 19th of December, 2016, Amanda & Gustav:

    Pure perfection. From the moment we arrived at Skylarks it was clear that this was like no other holiday cottage we had stayed in. The attention to detail and the touch of luxury everywhere we looked, was truly exceptional. It was the perfect escape from the city and after just 3 days we feel relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated.

  • Monday, 28th of November, 2016, Gary & Jo:

    We had a really warm welcome which was really appreciated! Thank you Steve!

  • Sunday, 20th of November, 2016, Vicky & Bex:

    What a perfect weekend. From the moment we arrived we felt welcome and at home. The cottage is simply stunning and everything, down to the smallest details is provided to make you feel relaxed, comfortable and a million miles from the city. The welcome basket was a super touch, oh and those eggs......wow! Everything exceeded our expectations. We have been blown away - thank you.

  • Monday, 14th of November, 2016, Helen:

    This is the most fantastic place we have ever stayed. Our 8th visit with Grove Cottages and by far the best. Lovely spot, we will definitely be returning again. Thank you so much to Steve for a lovely warm welcome and for letting us stay xxx

  • Friday, 11th of November, 2016, Brian:

    Lovely cottage, well equipped and a great location.

  • Sunday, 30th of October, 2016, Helen:

    Enjoyed a thoroughly relaxing time at Skylarks. The cottage more than exceeded our expectations, our hosts were very welcoming and the food basket provided plenty of goodies for the whole weekend! Thank you for an amazing stay.

  • Friday, 28th of October, 2016, Marie & Martin:

    Had a wonderful and restful week. Would love to stay longer.

  • Friday, 21st of October, 2016, Melini:

    First class accommodation. What a fantastic place to stay - we didn't want to go home. Skylarks is set in a beautiful location with absolutely everything we needed for a relaxing week away. We love the style of the barn, it is stylish, clean cosy and very well equipped. The beds were so comfortable and the outside area is a bonus especially the orchard and the option to get our own eggs from the chickens - our girls loved them. It really is a credit to you both. We are looking forward to returning.

  • Friday, 14th of October, 2016, John & Jennifer:

    Beautiful cottage, very comfortable and cosy. Hamish our Westie loved it! Will certainly be back. Loved the pheasants and wildlife in the meadow, sorry to leave. Our thanks to Steve & Cherry.

  • Sunday, 2nd of October, 2016, Jill:

    So wonderfully peaceful. Perfect for our furry friend and comfortable for us two legged varieties! We had a lovely relaxing stay - thank you.

  • Friday, 30th of September, 2016, Sarah:

    Had a very pleasant stay with family for 5 nights.

  • Sunday, 25th of September, 2016, Charlotte:

    A fabulous weekend in a peaceful, beautifully decorated cottage. Everything we could have wanted and more! We hope to return soon.

  • Thursday, 22nd of September, 2016, Sara:

    Cherry & Steve made us feel right at home in their lovely cottage. They are great hosts and so helpful. We enjoyed the chickens and gorgeous meadow. Used the bikes several times to explore a little further afield. Such a peaceful place.

  • Friday, 2nd of September, 2016, Sarah:

    Amazing. Myself and my children have had a fantastic time and not forgetting the dog. Beautiful cottage with it's own private meadow for everyone to enjoy. We don't want to leave! The cottage was spotless with everything available that you could need from tin foil to torches. This break has totally exceeded my expectations and we will be back soon. Amazing, thank you.

  • Friday, 26th of August, 2016, Joy:

    Skylarks has the "wow factor" in abundance. Glorious country retreat, loved it - Perfection!

  • Friday, 26th of August, 2016, Kerrie:

    Fantastic time, beautiful cottage. 5 stars!

  • Friday, 19th of August, 2016, Alexandra:

    Perfect hideaway with every amenity. Everything was excellent.

  • Monday, 8th of August, 2016, Fiona:

    Utterly fantastic stay - we will be back! Thank you so much.

  • Thursday, 4th of August, 2016, Georgina:

    A stylish, cosy, characterful cottage. Extremely well equipped with a lovely garden. We wish we could stay longer and would definitely like to return before too long. Thank you!!

  • Saturday, 23rd of July, 2016, Caroline:

    Came away for a weeks break with my parents and this cottage is all we hoped for and so much more. The peace and quiet is exactly what the doctor ordered and the split level living was the answer to our prayers. We, like others, do not want to leave and have even considered squatting!!!

  • Friday, 15th of July, 2016, Michelle:

    Simply perfect! Lovely and clean, great decor and quality fixtures and fittings. Well stocked kitchen and great selection of books, DVDs and CDs. Lovely and well kept grounds.

  • Saturday, 9th of July, 2016, Valerie:

    Skylarks is the most peaceful place we have every stayed, where the outside is inside! You look out onto the meadow, with an abundance of wild life, hares, guinea fowl, bantams, owls and short walks straight from the cottage. Everything is tailored for a peaceful, comfortable, where you want for nothing holiday.

  • Sunday, 3rd of July, 2016, Catherine & Jaed:

    Wow, wow, wow! Cherry & Steve have cracked the winning formula and have created the ultimate, supremely comfortable and stylish holiday cottage! We cannot wait to make our family and friends jealous with our photos...ok we might share so they can see for themselves! Love, love, love!

  • Thursday, 30th of June, 2016, Heather:

    Such a lovely place to stay - ope to come again soon. A visual delight both inside and out. Wonderful to see the hares and guinea fowl from the barn and enjoyed the fresh eggs from the hens. So thoughtful to put the rustic chairs at the far end of the meadow overlooking the fields. Just perfect!

  • Friday, 24th of June, 2016, Richard & Cindy:

    Very pleasant and comfortable cottage. Steve and Cherry make you most welcome. Was at Little Cote in May and find both cottages very enjoyable. All above and beyond ones expectations.

  • Sunday, 19th of June, 2016, Margaret & Phillip:

    Skylarks is a delightful place to stay. The accommodation is excellent, beautifully furnished, lovely decor. It was an uplifting experience staying here. Gorgeous gardens and really enjoyed watching the bantams.

  • Friday, 10th of June, 2016, Lorraine:

    Wonderful, clean, bright cottage. A perfect stay. Another fabulous Grove Cottage that we have had the pleasure of staying in. Thank you.

  • Friday, 10th of June, 2016, Neil:

    What an amazing place to spend my 40th birthday! Our stay began with a warm, friendly welcome from Steve and the moment we stepped inside Skylarks we were entranced! It was exactly as described and much more! We have completely fallen in love with it and are ready to move in! Our boys loved exploring the garden and the maze. Needless to say we will be back again. Thank you for letting us experience this hidden secret escape and being so accommodating to our needs.

  • Friday, 27th of May, 2016, Lynne & Colin:

    We really enjoyed ourselves - Skylarks superb - idyllic garden and paddock beyond!

  • Friday, 13th of May, 2016, Rob:

    Stunning cottage, wonderful location, five star comfort with an exotic evening chorus!

  • Friday, 6th of May, 2016, Liz:

    A lovely cottage, well presented in lovely surroundings away from the hustle and bustle but close enough to go exploring. Could not fault anything.

  • Monday, 2nd of May, 2016, Deborah:

    Lovely welcome, setting is lovely and cottage is well put together. Comfortable, cosy and relaxing. We enjoyed the garden, recommended walk and Wyken Hall farmers market. We really enjoyed our stay, the cottage has all the amenities expected. Fresh eggs yummy!

  • Sunday, 17th of April, 2016, Adrienn:

    Our stay at Skylarks was amazing! The cottage is beautiful with lovely views of the meadow. The chickens and guinea fowl are a joy to listen to and watch. We had a great time and will definitely be back.

  • Sunday, 10th of April, 2016, Laura:

    Lovely family retreat, thank you,

  • Friday, 8th of April, 2016, Stephen:

    An oasis of calm and great for our hectic lifestyle!

  • Tuesday, 5th of April, 2016, Briony:

    Beautiful little barn in a quiet and peaceful spot!

  • Friday, 18th of March, 2016, Jane:

    One of the nicest cottages we have every stayed in. Cosy, homely, peaceful and beautifully furnished. Can't fault the place - can we buy it please??!!

  • Friday, 4th of March, 2016, Sonia & Peter:

    Our second visit in six months. Skylarks is the perfect place to relax and unwind, we highly recommend it. We feel it would be hard to better the place.

  • Monday, 29th of February, 2016, Lucy:

    What a lovely house and gardens. Perfect facilities for our long weekend, great welcome and hosts.

  • Friday, 26th of February, 2016, Colin & Carol:

    This is a most lovely and relaxing property in an ideal location. Every whim is catered for from the beautiful decor to the sumptuous and comfortable bedding and the cosy log burner. The welcome basket was both thoughtful and generous and we had a fabulous break away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. We will no doubt return again for our 3rd visit!

  • Sunday, 7th of February, 2016, Simon:

    A perfect retreat - a real gem!

  • Monday, 1st of February, 2016, Allison:

    Wonderful cottage - brilliant views. Cosy feel. Very central for some lovely walks. High quality finish.

  • Friday, 29th of January, 2016, Jacky:

    My wife and I were looking for a place not far from London, but with proximity to nature for our lovely dog to enjoy a getaway from the city. Skylarks is just a perfect place for that. The interior is very cosy and we are very satisfied with the whole experience.

  • Sunday, 10th of January, 2016, Karen:

    Lovely cottage, well equipped, great few days.

  • Monday, 21st of December, 2015, Simon, Jeanine & Sebastian:

    Cherry & Steve have found the perfect balance, between Grove Cottage magic and the comfort and convenience of modern family life. Every detail has been considered, storage, surface space, layout and an absolute 5 star welcome basket!

  • Monday, 7th of December, 2015, Peter & Lucy:

    Had a fab time, Steve and Cherry were great hosts. The cottage was immaculate and had everything we neded for an amazing and relaxing stay! We could not fault our stay here.

  • Monday, 30th of November, 2015, Samuel:

    We really enjoyed our stay at Skylarks and everything was perfect!! We will definitely return sometime soon. The bed was so so comfortable, the best we have slept in! The cottage was beautiful and was so relaxing - nice to switch off from everything. Thank you very much for everything xx

  • Sunday, 15th of November, 2015, Andy:

    The attention to detail is obvious. A very warm welcome and would love to come back soon.

  • Friday, 13th of November, 2015, Anne & Stephen:

    Very peaceful, warm and cosy. A perfect late autumn break. Skylarks is a lovely place to stay, welcome basket was really great and much appreciated.

  • Monday, 9th of November, 2015, Kathy & Emma:

    Lovely cosy cottage, great location. Lovely welcome pack. Hope to return one day.

  • Monday, 2nd of November, 2015, Anne:

    Skylarks is a beautiful place in a lovely location. The welcome hamper is a thoughtful gift. Lovely gardens and meadow to stroll around in the evening. Perfect!

  • Monday, 26th of October, 2015, Sarah & Dave:

    Beautiful and cosy little barn conversion, with brilliant facilities in a lovely quiet and scenic spot. Would love to come back in the summer.

  • Monday, 26th of October, 2015, Suzie:

    An eclectic mix of old and new makes this the perfect place for a restful getaway. Beautifully decorated and furnished and spotlessly clean. Many thanks!!

  • Friday, 9th of October, 2015, Robert & Hilary:

    Lovely barn. We have had a very restful few days with our dog.

  • Friday, 9th of October, 2015, Richard:

    Skylarks is a beautifully designed and furnished cottage. It was a delight to stay, with a wonderful welcome from the owners. If you're looking for somewhere to relax and unwind from city life, this is the place!

  • Monday, 5th of October, 2015, Madeleine:

    Skylarks is absolutely perfect. Every detail has been taken care of.

  • Friday, 2nd of October, 2015, Matt:

    A lovely, idyllic location, with inbuilt entertainment from the guinea fowl.

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

    A wonderful escape from the city. Beautifully furnished, lovely location.

  • Tuesday, 22nd of September, 2015, Gemma:

    Beautiful, peaceful and a perfect holiday cottage to have a relaxing and well earned rest. The cottage is furnished to a high standard and equipped with all you need for your stay. Absolutely stunning. Didn’t want to leave!

  • Sunday, 20th of September, 2015, Kathryn:

    Lovely cottage, beautifully finished with everything you could possibly need. Great location peaceful and pretty. First class welcome basket. Thank you for a lovely time.

  • Friday, 18th of September, 2015, Paul & Ann:

    Skylarks is beautiful, charming and idyllic – definitely worth the four hour drive to get here. Skylarks is a beautiful cottage and the setting is quite simply idyllic. The welcome pack was plentiful and the quality was excellent.

  • Saturday, 12th of September, 2015, Rosemary:

    What a beautiful cottage – so cosy and comfortable and also stylish. Lovely surroundings – very tranquil.

  • Monday, 7th of September, 2015, Sonia & Peter:

    A great place to rest and refresh. The restored barn is tastefully designed, cosy and warm, in the beautiful Suffolk countryside.

  • Friday, 4th of September, 2015, Annie & Derek:

    Beautifully comfortable and cosy - wildflower meadow just lovely. The cottage is wonderfully warm and comfortable and so beautifully done!

  • Sunday, 23rd of August, 2015, Alison & Gordon:

    Very cosy cottage, a fantastic week, despite the weather. Our girls loved the freedom and space of the gardens and wildflower meadow - especially looking for chicken eggs. A place to escape to and explore Suffolk from - we hope we have the chance to come back.

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