The Old Steam Mill

5 Star rating

Cottage Details

Cottage: The Old Steam Mill
Location of the cottage: Hartest
Number of bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4 (click for booking additional child)
Children / Babies: No / travel cots provided
Arrival days (changeover): Sunday, Monday, Friday
Pets: 2
Mark Scott

A Five Star experience of contemporary style and luxury with beautiful views over idyllic rolling Suffolk Countryside.



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  • 1 Unavailable Date
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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
  • Enclosed garden or large dog area
  • 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



Coronovirus and your booking


The Experience


Just picture yourself on the balcony !

This is luxury conversion of a Historic Steam Mill into a beautiful two bedroomed Cottage.

The cottage is set at the top of a hill with lovely private 'mature' gardens to enjoy and really wonderful views across the valleys in both directions.

It also benefits from the use of ( by arrangement with the owners ) the tennis court.



Cottage Walk Through


The Old Steam Mill is accessed along a private drive up to the ridge of the hill with magnificent views of the Suffolk countryside and steep valley's on both sides, there is a private car park outside and beside the cottage.

From the front door you enter directly into the sitting room with its large sofas, cosy log burner and colourful rugs. To the left is a dining area and kitchen and small hallway to the back door.

To the right is a large bedroom with king a size bed, en-suite with a luxury walk in shower and loo and a dressing room.

Between the sitting room and dining area is an open staircase leading to a landing area with a sofa - a lovely sunny place to read. A few steps up takes you to the second king size bedroom also with an en-suite bathroom - this bath is oversized and has a hand held shower.

French doors lead out to a large balcony with sofas, a table and chairs and lighting for you to enjoy the beautiful views and really unwind.

There is also the option to have a childs bed in this large bedroom.

Access Statement


The Gardens


There is a beautiful private matures garden where you will always find a quiet private spot.

Beyond the garden there are views of open the countryside dipping down into the lovely Hartest valley.

The owners are also happy for you to use their tennis court by prior arrangement.





The Old Steam Mill is at the end of the owners long drive and situated just past their house at the top of the hill. It has its own car park and really lovely views across the valley on both sides and walks straight from the cottage into beautiful Suffolk countryside.

You can walk to the excellent Hartest Village pub:  ‘The Crown’ in about 25 minutes.



Green Credentials


This building dates back to the early 1800’s and has been renovated and repaired with traditional and reclaimed materials like the reclaimed wood panelling, doors and beams, lime plaster and paints, original Suffolk White floor bricks, locally sourced timber and locally fired or reclaimed bricks.

We operate our own Waste Water Treatment system.

There is an array of Solar PV providing the building with green electricity.

We use many ecover products when possible.

We encourage guests to explore the local area by bicycle (we provide bikes for our guests) or foot.

When ee offer Breakfast Hampers again (not possible during the pandemic) we try where possible to concentrate on locally produced items

We offer guests, honey from our bees when available, fresh herbs from our herb garden and fruit from our own apple, pear, plum trees when in season.

We share our grounds with bats, badgers, fox, hare, rabbits, deer and an amazing array of birds  – from buzzards and owls to blue-tits, goldfinches and woodpeckers:  all these animals and more find food here and shelter in our many hedges and gardens.




Local Area


The Hartest Steam Mill is a historic building and next to it was a famous windmill, these were a focal point for the local area and perched on the high point overlooking the valleys, one of which contains the road and the little village of Hartest. it is a very pleasant walk through the countryside down to the village where there is an excellent pub serving good food and beer from its own brewery.

There is also a lovely walk in the other direction that leads you to another great little pub called The Queens Head in about 45 minutes, this is a well know local gastro pub and does really great Sunday Roasts 



Standard Inclusive Features


Due to Coronavirus this list may be restricted, please read


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”: (not available during the pandemic) 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 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

Washing: There is a washing machine and dryer in the walk-thru which is for the use of the 6 cottages on the old Grove Farm. There are also deck chairs and carpets for the garden.

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.


 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

Treat yourself to an indulgent day here

Health Spa treats

There is a lovely private tennis court at this cottage.

Ask for details when you arrive

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

For days out sailing...

We can offer you your own Personal Chef at this cottage to create the perfect evening in. 

For Personal Chef Information

Public Transport

London Liverpool Street station - Colchester station = 47 mins

London Liverpool Street station - (change at Marks Tey) Sudbury station = 79 mins

Colchester - taxis at station - 45 mins to cottage

Sudbury Station 120 mins to London Liverpool St Station change at Marks Tey - Sudbury Town Taxis 01787 377366 - 20 mins to cottage