The Pump House

5 Star rating

Cottage Details

Cottage: The Pump House
Location of the cottage: Scotland Street
Number of bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 3 (with use of the sofa bed 3 or 2+2 children - no under 6 year olds)
Children / Babies: Yes, / Babies in travel cots are not charged
Arrival days (changeover): Monday, Friday
Pets: 2 (2 well behaved dogs)
Mark Scott

This very stylish cottage is like an island surrounded by Nature. 

Set in its own meadow beside a bubbling brook it is a very special experiance for those wanting to get away from it all and really enjoy the countryside - close up !


*** This cottage is being launched May 2019 ***


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


The Pump House is in an idyllic and tranquil position in a Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, nestled into its own riverside wildflower meadow, there are footpaths running through the end of the meadow along the banks of the river through miles of stunning Suffolk countryside until the river joins the Stour.

The house is an imaginative conversion of a Frank Lloyd Wright style Water Pumping Station, the owner carried out the conversion guided by his strong ecological beliefs and it benefits from ground source underfloor heating and a reed bed waste water system

This is a really gorgeous place to enjoy Nature from and if you bring a dog it will love you forever as there are a network of footpaths including The Pilgrims Way which passes by the house.


Cottage Walk through

You enter into the Pump House up some stone steps into a small hall which opens out into a ‘Tardis’ interior with a high vaulted room with a kitchen dining room to the left with its cosy wood burning stove and massive window looking out onto the river, straight ahead is the sitting room conservatory. The conservatory has been designed in such a way that you can really enjoy the views of the meadow and the stars at night as it is glazed on every exterior side.

The conservatory leads out, via French doors, onto an expansive decking where you can lounge around and watch the Natural World go by or enjoy a meal ‘al fresco’.

Opposite the kitchen is a bedroom with a double bed and next door a small shower bathroom.

From the hall is a paddle stair /ladder staircase up into the high beamed ceiling and here there is an open sided ‘chill out’ room with a TV, and a sofa bed should you want to invite friends to stay with you. There are retaining bars don’t worry, but the ‘chill out’ room is not really suitable for young children or unsteady adults.


The Gardens

The beautiful wildflower meadow is your garden and infront of the house there is ample parking inside the grounds of The Pump House. 



The Pump House is located in the picturesque Box River Valley about 3/4 mile down the steep little lane from the tiny village of Stoke by Nayland

This pretty river valley is networked with lovely footpaths in every direction, meadering along the riverside or up the little hills into woods and unexpected meadows and on onwards to hidden hamlets and tiny Medieval villages like Polstead, here you will find a friendly pub on the Village Green, beautiful bluebell woods at 'The Dollops' and a lovely old church looking out over the Valley to Stoke by Nayland. This is an unexpected landscape for those who think that Suffolk is flat and it is always a pleasure to come round a corner and find yet another delightful thatched cottage in Suffolk pink.


Dogs & Cats

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

We are happy to accept up to 2 well behaved dogs at this property, dog charges apply - you can also bring a cat at the same cost.

Please note that the large meadow surrounding The Pump House is not dog proof fenced and a footpath crosses it at the end.



The Local Area

Stoke by Nayland, through which the Pilgrims Way runs, is on the hill overlooking both the river Box and the River Stour. The St Edmunds Way footpath is a really lovely walk with beautiful views out over the Stour River valley, the walk leads you down to the Stour at the tiny picturesque Medieval village of Nayland with great pubs at either end of this walk.

The small towns od Hadleigh and Sudbury are a short drive away and many guests enjoy visiting Flatford Mill on the Stour where John Constable was born and painted many of his English Countryside Masterpieces including 'The Haywain'. there is a cafe, a small museum dedicated to Constable , a field study centre, a special  and a touristist office at Flatfor Mill, there are also rowing boats to hire in the summer months, which is one of my favourite things to do when friends visit - lovely to take a picnik with you and just pull up on the bank and enjoy the scenery



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 Basket: We supply free of charge a complimentary Welcome Basket this 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: We provide fluffy cotton towels, bath mats, toilet brush, toilet rolls.
  • Bedroom: cotton bed linen, wardrobe with coat hangers / chest of drawers, iron, ironing board, hairdryer.
  • Living room:  A smart TV, books, games, magazines, local brochures, OS and other maps plus a folder with our special 'What To Do' insiders guide to the local area.
  • Please note tha there are no adult bikes available at this cottage but you are welcome to bring your own: This is more of a walking area than family biking.
  • Babies: Baby cots and high chairs are provided in cottages accepting babies (please bring babies bedding which is not supplied).
  • Doggie Treats: 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.


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

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


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The Suffolk Guide

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

For days out sailing...

Public Transport

London Liverpool Street Station to Colchester Intercity Train 50 mins

Bus from Colchester Station to Stoke-by-Nayland Village Hall (Chambers No:54) are hourly, travel time 40 minutes - then 3/4 mile walk to The Pump House 20 minutes

Taxis from Colchester Train Station to The Pump House cost approx £20 journey is 20 Mnutes

Taxis are available at the Station

What the Guests Say

  • Monday, 25th of November, 2019, Valerie:

    The Pump House is very comfortable, warm and welcoming. Great walks directly from the property into beautiful countryside. An amazing conversion

  • Sunday, 3rd of November, 2019, Eleanor:

    Had a wonderful week of rest and relaxation at The Pump House. It is the perfect little bolthole and very cosy and comfortable. Would love to come back. A warm welcome from Douglas & Jane - thank you!

  • Wednesday, 2nd of October, 2019, Debbie:

    Fantastic place for relaxation, great walks from the door with the dog, excellent local pubs

  • Friday, 27th of September, 2019, Marlene & Trevor:

    The Pump House is a remarkable conversion. It has the 'wow' factor as soon as you open the door. We have enjoyed our week of relaxation and walks, and then returning to this cosy place to enjoy the views of the meadow and wildlife. Loved the welcome 'goodies' too, thank you Jane

  • Sunday, 1st of September, 2019, Vitoria & Shane:

    A wonderful welcome retreat. A most fabulous outlook over the meadow and stream, which are seamlessly connected to the interior. Well though out and most certainly a labour of love!! Love the mezzanine space. Also, love the design of the lighting and endless possible lighting combinations!

  • Friday, 30th of August, 2019, Maria:

    Pump House - a place that keeps on giving...special...amazing place

  • Friday, 28th of June, 2019, Tracie & Brian:

    Great place, lovely location. The decking area provided a tranquil setting for both us and our two dogs. A warm welcome from Douglas & Jane was a great start to our mid week break. So many walks from here, we really didn't use the car which was a bonus! This is a beautiful place to stay and for us it ticked all the boxes for a summer stay.

  • Monday, 24th of June, 2019, Linda & John:

    A brilliant time - couldn't be in a better location. Very relaxing - fantastic views

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