Discover: Great Maplestead

The Stables is down a tiny country lane surrounded by lovely countryside with walks directly from the cottage. The countryside is particularly nice with small tight hills rolling into one another and dipping away sharply into the valley where Castle Hedingham is.

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Castle Hedingham has a lovely pub, restaurant and tea room along with a couple of shops and a lovely Castle with all kinds of events like jousting, it makes for an interesting evening in the pub when the knights, serfs, servants and maids come down for a well earned drink after the days events – all in costume and charcter.

Staying at The Stables gives you the oppurtunity to explore the lovely countryside surrounding it and you dont need a car; walking or using the bikes we provide is ideal.

There are pretty little churches to discover like the one in the gallery which is a crusader church and replicates the shape of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The church retains close links with the Order of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem and ever 1st Sunday in June Members of the order can be seen in procession, clad in traditional full robes.

The bustling market town of Sudbury is just a 10 minute drive away and has all the shops you could need plus a lovely little Theatre : The Quay Theatre, where you can enjoy a drink with the cast afterwards in the little bar.

Sudbury is also the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough, probably Englands most famous Portrait painter. Of course when we mention painter we have to mention John Constable; best known for works like The Haywain along the river Stour which runs through Sudury.

There are lots of good restaurants and gastro pubs in Sudbury like The Angel in Friars Street, and The Secret Garden also in Friars Street, as well a number of wine bars, Indian restaurants and coffee shops and good chain restaurants like Prezzos in the highstreet.


Shillingfords is a UNIQUE pop up wildfood restaurant on the top floor at The Quay Theatre in Sudbury.
Shillingfords is open on Fridays and Saturdays in the evenings from 6pm to 11pm, the restaurant offers beautiful “wild food” dishes devised by Michelin trained chef, Carl Shillingford.
In a relaxed and unusual environment you can expect large starter sized dishes such as Wild Boar, Venison and classic Highland Steak as well as inventive vegetarian fayre like “White Cloud” salad and Seagrass Sushi.
All of the seasonal dishes are prepared with foraged foods collected by the chef along with locally sourced ingredients, turned into wondrous dishes, sauces and accompaniments.
At £5.00 – £8.00 a dish, you are free to try as many courses as you wish without spending a fortune…
Board menus have 3 meat, 3 fish, 3 vegetarian and 3 dessert options and wine by the bottle is specially picked to compliment each course. Bar drinks are also available. The menu changes to accomodate seasonal ingredients and coastal catches for the fish courses to keep everything as fresh as possible. The menu changes every third week.
Check out their website for all details and booking or call: 01787 211 328