|Location of the cottage:||Great Maplestead|
|Number of bedrooms:||1|
|Children / Babies:||No / babe in arms only|
|Arrival days (changeover):||Monday, Friday|
|Pets:||2 (small to medium sized dogs please)|
A Rural, Romantic Retreat
This lovely cottage is in a particularly pretty rural setting close to Castle Hedingham, with great walks right from your doorstep and local nearby pubs.
The Stables is a 1600s Grade II listed farm building and has been very sympathetically restored with many original features and exposed oak beams, to offer a couple a chance to get away from it all and enjoy beautiful countryside in the comfort and luxury of a beautiful little cottage.
This bright and airy cottage has an open plan living area with a high vaulted ceiling, and a large comfy sofa and armchair encircle a cosy wood burning stove.
Up a couple of steps is the split level kitchen and dining area, the kitchen is very well equipped and laid out. There are views to one of the finest remaining examples of a Grade II listed brick and flint barn in Essex - it's impressive and really quite beautiful.
Along the corridor is the shower room and a charming bedroom with a king size bed, French wardrobe and plenty of storage space.
The lane outside is tiny and very quiet and the property is surrounded by fields and open farmland.
This is a really cosy and comfortable place to relax, unwind and enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside. It's close to some great visitor attractions, interesting towns and villages and offers a perfect mix of countryside and culture.
This self catering cottage has an enclosed garden with fruit trees where you can sit and enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside, there are tables, chairs, and loungers supplied and a BBQ if you are in the mood.
The Stables is situated near the little village of Great Maplestead in some delightful countryside on the Essex/Suffolk border.
Bikes are provided for you to enjoy exploring the tiny lanes that meander round the countryside and inevitably bring you to a pub. (maps are supplied if you need any extra help with that!).
Step out of the cottage and you are in lovely rolling countryside with miles of footpaths, ancient woodlands and pretty hamlets to explore.
On your walks through the bluebell woods, you might come across herds of fallow deer and other wildlife and there is even a protected badger set nearby.
Close to Great Maplestead if the famous round Crusader Church. The round design was based on the fourth century rotunda of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and the roof is pyramidical in shape – very beautiful and unusual.
Castle Hedingham is just a few miles away with its Norman keep, which was built in 1140. It's now a visitor attraction and wedding venue and they have a great programme of events throughout the year, from jousting events to music festivals; from theatre and falconry displays to film screenings and classic car shows.
It’s quite funny to be visiting the ancient village pub at these times and have a lot of serf’s, men-at-arms and knights jostling around you for a pint.
The village itself has some lovely medieval architecture, a tearoom, post office, a couple of good village pubs and a village shop, selling artisan breads and other local produce.
Sudbury, a nearby Market Town, has all the shops you could want including the lovely Gainsborough's House Museum dedicated to Thomas Gainsborough the famous portrait and landscape artist of the 1700s, The Quay Theatre and walks along the old railway line or along the river and the water meadows.
You can walk or cycle to the pleasant village of Castle Hedingham and there is also a farm shop nearby with a tea room and lots of delicious local produce.
The Coach House was renovated to comply with strong historical restoration building regulations and local and reclaimed materials were used were possible.
The logs for the wood burner come for locally sourced responsibly harvested suppliers.
Al waste water is managed on the property.
We have bicycles available and maps of all the local footpaths in the cottage to encourage guests to explore car free.
We source our produce for our welcome baskets from the local farm shop, where they bake their own bread, produce their own apple juice and eggs.
We have a badger set at the bottom of our land and the entrances can be seen from the footpath.
There is also a herd of fallow deer that live in the hedgerows around us - we had a baby Muntjac sleeping under the apple tree in the cottage garden last spring.
We have a vast array of birds in the gardens such as pheasants, partridge, moorhens, woodpeckers, and hawks can be seen regularly hovering to catch mice.
We have spotted a large variety of butterflies on our lavender hedges over the last year.
This is particularly beautiful countryside area, very rural with rolling fields dipping down into the nearby river tributaries of The Stour, along which you will find tiny historic villages with names like Foxearth, Cavendish, Clare, the three Belchamps ‘Otten’, ‘St Paul’ and ‘Belchamp Walter’.
Long Melford, which was the most inland Navigable part of the River Stour - made famous by John Constables English Landscape masterpieces, lies just 20 minutes away by car and is a bustle of pubs, restaurants, antique shops and beautiful buildings – it is the longest Medieval High Street in England and one of the famous unspoilt Medieval Villages of Suffolk, like Lavenham, Kersey and Clare.
There are very many wonderful churches to visit like the unique round Crusader church at Maplestead and the majestic Wool Churches that dot the area.
There are wonderful stately homes to visit like, Kentwell Hall with their World famous Tudor re-enactments and Halloween Screamsville events – the impressive Melford Hall with its ornate onion towers. The Italianate Palace of Ickworth, the marvellous Helmingham Hall with it fabulous gardens and many more.
There are very interesting museums like the amazing Museum of East Anglian Life at Stowmarket, the museum is set in 75 acres of Suffolk countryside, with 17 historic buildings and almost 40,000 objects to view.
Moyses Hall, one of the oldest Medieval buildings in Bury St Edmunds, which houses a variety of collections on art, local and social history, the Suffolk Regiment, the Red Barn Murder, crime and punishment, death and witchcraft, and of course medieval life.
West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, which is what it says, plus a museum and restaurant.
Gainsborough House in Sudbury, which explores the life and art of Thomas Gainsborough - one of the greatest artists of his age.
Flatford Mill where John Constable was born and where he painted many of his masterpieces like ‘The Haywain’. There is an interesting exhibition to his work there, and you can stand by marker posts where he stood to paint his masterpieces. There are also lovely riverside walks from here and you can hire rowing boats in Summer to take a picnic on the shores of the Stour.
The area has much to offer with its rural charm and unspoilt villages and just pottering around by bike or car to discover another little gem or pub is just a delight.
Further afield you will find castles and the best of the unspoilt Suffolk Coast – about 70 minutes by car.
Kitchen: All cottages are complete little homes and facilities include modern central heating, refrigerator, hobs, oven and / or microwave, toaster, crockery and serving dishes, cutlery, many utensils, fire-extinguisher, lots of pots and pans, glasses and mugs, kettle, coffee maker, teapot, kitchen towels, oven gloves, olive oil and vinegar, salt and 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, please note there is no DVD player in this cottage, 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 baby's 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.
Treat yourself to an indulgent day here
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.
Now every place we have reviewed will come up in order of distance from your cottage
While you are staying with us why not have a special treat and go Sailing for the day.
London Liverpool Street station - (change at Marks Tey) Sudbury station = 79 mins
Sudbury Town Taxis 01787 377366 - 15 mins to cottage
Wonderful place, very welcoming and peaceful. Definitely coming back
Just moved in for a weeks relaxing break and all looks and feels great!
Hi Mark We have had the most perfect stay there this weekend. I have never not wanted to come home on any trip except for here. So wanted to leave a review as below. Thanks to you all. If you want pure escapism, The Stables is the place to stay. A very warm welcome from the owners, Sara and Rob and the cottage is just beautiful. Very very peaceful, cosy and very comfortable. It has everything you need for your stay with a brilliant farm shop just a few minutes drive away. Perfect for taking your dog too - contained garden and plenty of routes to walk for hours. We without doubt will be returning for a longer stay next year. I can not recommend this gem enough! And the welcome breakfast basket along with all of the special smaller finishing touches made this stay perfect. I simply did not want to leave... Thanks Mark and will be in touch when we rebook. I have had this saved to my iPad for nearly 2 years! I have looked at ALOT of dog friendly cottages and none of them touched this one. Just perfect Lorraine and Neil (and Maggie the dog)
Thank you for a lovely stay. A quiet, cosy cottage which provided the perfect base to travel and see family and friends. We would definitely stay again - thank you Sara.
Beautiful cottage, we wish we could have stayed longer! We celebrated our second wedding anniversary having been married in nearby Bulmer. We are still big fans of the area and love to explore. Thank you for being so welcoming and helpful and for the lovely hamper.
Lovely airy cottage with great light throughout. Weather changed frequently this week and the heating was easy to adjust. Interesting walks and towns to visit nearby with helpful information from Sara to find them. We too are fans of the farm shop! The cakes in the coffee shop are divine and the English wine collection is impressive. Highly recommended.
Thank you so much for an amazing stay. So many thoughtful touches and a beautifully decorated space, to spend quality time together. We loved the breakfast hamper and even went and visited the farm shop that you recommended. Barkley the dog loved his first trip away and loved wandering around the fields chasing rabbits!!
A perfect winter getaway cottage. Warm, cosy and spacious. Also very quiet except for the sound of the wind and rain! Thank you for the welcome basket
Such a lovely cosy place, it froze and it snowed but we were oblivious to all that. Time here was too short.
A beautiful place for a country getaway. Very cosy and tranquil. A lovely place to celebrate a birthday! Thank you
A wonderful, cosy, relaxing stay. Thank you
We had a relaxing and enjoyable stay, lovely walks straight from the door. The welcome basket is a really thoughtful touch. Thank you.
A very comfortable stay and everything we needed. Thank you very much, we appreciated the generous welcome basket too.
Thank you Sara! The cottage is just beautiful and we've enjoyed our stay immensely. A perfect escape from it all.
Beautiful cottage, exactly what we hoped for. Quiet, homely and truly relaxing. Would love to come back one day.
Our stay at The Stables was our dream weekend; we felt completely disconnected and enjoyed every minute of our peaceful retreat. It is located in a very secluded area and the cottage is really cosy with a nice fireplace and a really beautiful layout. We explored the surrounding are on the bikes provided and made the most of the pretty little towns around and the good pubs. Sara was very helpful and provided us with a lot of information about things to do, places to eat etc.
We spent New Year in this very cosy comfortable cottage. A terrific layout and another super Grove Cottage. We feel extremely rested before we head back to our daily routine. Many thanks for a a lovely cottage which we have been able to enjoy immensely.
Wow!! What a very beautiful, cosy, romantic cottage. We've spent a great Christmas here. Love the bedroom, the bed i so comfortable. Love everything - what a warm welcome. Thank you for the plant and Christmas card wishes, such a lovely idea. Had some good walks here and the weather has been good. Freezing at night and sunny days - love everything and have to come back one day.
Our second stay here as we also came in December 2014. Have loved it just as much the second time round. The peaceful location and the log burner are just what the doctor ordered for our 23rd wedding anniversary.
Our thanks to Sara for the warm welcome, the fresh flowers and the breakfast basket. We have really enjoyed our stay in this cosy yet special cottage, delightfully decorated. There is so much to explore around here. Enjoy exploring.........
Many thanks Sara for the welcome basket - a great start! The cottage is comfortable and well appointed. We have enjoyed this peaceful location visiting places that remind us of a much missed bygone England - Castle Hedingham, Clare, Dedham and Kersey. We also enjoyed a couple of footpath walks from the cottage, it reminds us of what being English is all about. Best wishes.
Such a beautiful cottage! Have loved exploring Suffolk from here and returning each day, it's been a real joy! Plus the scrumptious hamper and fresh flowers - very much appreciated. Many thanks.
Thank you so much for a lovely few days at The Stables. Blessed with extraordinary weather we have done some lovely things and go home with good memories. Thank you.
We can't quite believe our little stay is over. We've had a lovely time and as long as you are happy to have us back then we would love to come back?! By far the best cottage and grounds we have stayed in. Many thanks again for a wonderful stay.
Very peaceful. Lovely situation. The welcome basket was a very nice touch. A very delightful cottage - dogs loved all the walks, slept like a log every night!
We’ve had a delightful holiday in this beautiful and cosy cottage, Had some great walks exploring this part of england. Thank you Sara for the tasty welcome hamper!
Great place to spend our second anniversary. A log fire makes the Stables even more magical. Found some real hidden Gems.
Usual high standard we have found with your other cottages we have stayed in. Warm welcome, excellent location.
Had a lovely stay at the Stables! Really cozy cottage and Sara was really accommodating, thanks so much. Its well equipped, beautifully decorated, and located in a very isolated/rustic setting which was exactly what I wanted!
We had a lovely relaxing weekend in this beautiful cottage. Very well kitted out and the welcome basket was very generous and delicious! Many thanks.
Lovely relaxing weekend in a cosy cottage, much enjoyed the warming log burner.
Great stay, great local area, lovely people, would definitely stay again.
A brief stay, but very pleasant. We would certainly come again. Many thanks
A lovely peaceful location, beautiful accommodation, comfy, warm and tranquil in lovely countryside. Our dogs had a great time and so did we !
Lovely cottage, well equipped within reach of pleasant places to eat in the evenings. Especially welcome was the 'welcome basket' for breakfast!
We have had a wonderful stay in the most delightful location. So cosy and peaceful and with lots to offer near by. There is nothing more we could have asked for and to top it off we had a lovely hamper on arrival. Thank you so much for such a pleasant stay we will definitely be recommending the stables !
We have really enjoyed our stay in your lovely cottage. It is so warm and cosy and allowed two overworked people to chill out. We would recommend a stay at The Stables to anyone - we've had a great stay here. The welcome basket is the best. Sara and Rob are so friendly and accommodating.
The Stables is a really attractive holiday home - great location, stylishly furnished and well equipped.
We loved every minute. The stables is such a special place to stay; so beautifully decorated, so perfectly situated and just that bit different from your average holiday cottage. We will definitely be back!
We had a great time staying at The Stables last week. The accommodation was exactly as described with a generous sized bedroom and excellent facilities all round. It was a lovely quiet location handy for popping off to explore Essex & Suffolk. Sara was most friendly and helpful with great ideas for visiting and eating in the area. The welcoming pack contained local produce of top quality and generous in content. Welcoming indeed. I think you may have gathered we kind of like this place. Many thanks to Sara for a great stay and to Grove Cottages for the excellent standards you promote. We shall be back!! Best wishes to all. Rod & Chris
A wonderful place to stay – instant relaxation – delicious chocolate cake! So comfortable, particularly with the woodburner. A lovely area to explore and enjoy
Wonderful break at The Stables. The cottage was very pleasant, cosy and clean. We would definitely recommend The Stables and will return in the future.
This is a lovely, comfortable cottage. Every thought has been put in to providing everything you could want including homemade cake and welcome basket. This is our 3rd stay at different Grove Cottages and as always the standard is extremely high.
Perfect for a relaxing break. This is our first visit to a Grove Cottage, and if the Stables is typical we look forward to visiting many more.
Warm welcome from owner. Lovely cottage all our needs. Quiet and scheduled within short drive and amazing trees.
The Stables, was a lovely relaxing, warm, place to stay and felt very welcome and their knowledge of local areas was helpful and places to eat well recommend. Very nice homemade cake and log burner fire to take chill off Autumn nights.
Our welcome was warm and generous. The accommodation was very very comfortable with a tasteful ambiance. Delicious food.
A truly luxurious cottage, with a warm welcome and an amazing welcome basket! Perfect in every way.
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