Announcing Lovejoy’s Mill a 17th century restored water mill on the Suffolk/Essex border

Wow – have we got a treat lined up for you! We are very excited about the latest cottage to join us here at The Grove Cottages; Lovejoy’s Mill, a 17th century converted water mill, is on the Suffolk/ Essex border, on the country estate where the TV series ‘Lovejoy’ was filmed.

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This beautifully converted 17th Century Mill is at the end of a tiny little lane in the Belchamp Brook Valley, with views over pretty water meadows. The setting could hardly be more romantic or peaceful and it’s only a 90 minute drive from London. Lovejoy’s Mill sleeps two and dogs are welcome.

Squishy sofa, cosy woodburning stove (don’t forget to pack the wine); a perfect location for a romantic weekend for two.

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The bedroom is full of character and original features; a delightful place for a peaceful night’s sleep. Fresh flowers, orginal art and stylish furnishings are all features of this cottage.

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The well equipped kitchen has everything you need to whip up a feast and a welcome breakfast basket will of course be ready and waiting!

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Views of the countryside through the pretty arched windows. Dogs are welcome and bikes are supplied if you want to cycle the country lanes surrounding Lovejoy’s Mill.

Lovejoy's Mill, Suffolk

After a long country walk or bike ride, what about coming home to enjoy a meal in this cosy eating area? Or you could always watch the sunset from this little seat outside on a nice day.

Lovejoy's Mill, Suffolk

Pretty countryside surrounds Lovejoy’s Mill, which makes it ideal for those who enjoy peace and tranquility, watching wildlife, walks and bike rides. As well as bikes, a BBQ is provided too and visitors are welcome to use the tennis court at Belchamp Hall, which is just up the lane.

Countrys lanes are perfect for cycling. Bikes are provided.

We have two other cottages on the Belchamp Hall estate: Lovejoy’s and The Lovejoy Studio, so if you want to holiday with friends, these three cottages together can accommodate seven people and dogs are welcome in all three.

Come and see Lovejoy’s Mill for yourself!

This restored mill has everything you need for a relaxing break in Suffolk, so why not treat yourself to a stay in this lovely rural retreat on the Suffolk/Essex border?

We also have a range of other, equally delightful places for you to explore on the coast and in the lovely Suffolk countryside.

Hope to see you soon!

Announcing Meddlars, a charming 17thC cottage in Hadleigh

We have another gorgeous little cottage to share with you, this time in the charming market town of Hadleigh.


Sympathetically restored, 17th century Meddlars retains many of its beautiful historic features, but also has an elegant, modern twist to it too.

It sleeps three, but is priced the same as our cottages for two, so one person goes free!


The 17th century features in this charming cottage sit comfortably next to some modern additions, such as the (heated) marble floor, well equipped kitchen and wet room/shower room.



A cosy corner for relaxing over breakfast (above) and the kitchen is well equipped and has the welcome breakfast basket you will find in all of our cottages.


A modern and stylish wet room…


The master bedroom has an elegant, king size bed and the little bedroom is ideal for a third adult or child. Up to two dogs are welcome in the cottage too

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A very pretty, enclosed garden, with an inviting patio area for an evening BBQ or relaxing glass of wine. Bikes are supplied too and you can enjoy a pedal through the country lanes before starting the BBQ.


The market town of Hadleigh is one of Suffolk’s ‘wool towns’ which thrived during the 13th century and onwards, until the industry declined in the 16th century.

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The town is known for its wonderful pargetting (make sure you look up at the buildings as you walk past) and has a beautiful 15th century guildhall and a total of 246 listed buildings.

Riverside Walk, Hadleigh

Hadleigh Riverside Walk (above) and the Railway Walk (below) offer lots of walking opportunities around the town and surrounding countryside.Railway Walk, Hadleigh Railway Walk, Hadleigh, Suffolk

Plenty of cycling opportunities too, along the quiet country lanes surrounding the town. Hadleigh is on the route of the Cycle South Suffolk route and the Sustrans Harwich to Hull route.

Come and see Meddlars for yourself!

Meddlars has everything you need for a relaxing break in Suffolk, so why not treat yourself to a stay in this lovely little bolthole in Hadleigh?


Announcing Tiny Birch, a lovely little 16thC cottage in Nayland

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our gorgeous little 16thC cottage Tiny Birch, in the Dedham Vale, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Sleeping two, this romantic cottage in the village of Nayland in ‘Constable Country’ is close to some of Suffolk’s prettiest countryside, miles of footpaths and is just steps away from the River Stour. So lots of opportunities for relaxing and getting away from it all, and you can bring your pet pooch too!

Please enjoy our tour of this delightful cottage and we hope you will visit soon.


One of Suffolk’s ‘Wool Towns’, Nayland’s historic houses and fine parish church are a constant reminder of the wealth that was generated by the cloth industry in the late middle ages.

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The village lies in the Dedham Vale, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Step outside the door of Tiny Birch and there are many opportunities for enjoying the great outdoors; Suffolk’s countryside at its best, with plenty of footpaths for rambling and country lanes for cycling.


Even the bathroom has beautiful beams!


The bedroom has an impressively high ceiling with ancient beams, giving character and romance to the room. The ensuite bathroom has beautiful beams too!


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Step inside this heavily beamed cottage and you instantly feel at home; so warm and cosy is the welcome. The wood burning stove, the squishy sofa and thoughtful touches throughout.

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A cosy place to sit in the kitchen to enjoy breakfast, or if the sun is shining, pop outside the door into the secluded garden, to enjoy a meal ‘al fresco’.


A shady spot to sit and contemplate the important matters of the day: whether to open a bottle of wine and start up the BBQ perhaps, or go for a bike ride before settling down for dinner at the nearby village pub. Decisions, decisions…


Come and see Tiny Birch for yourself!
Treat yourself to a stay in this pretty little cottage in Nayland or what about buying a gift voucher and giving it as a present?  We also have a range of other, equally delightful places for you to explore on the coast and in the lovely Suffolk countryside.

Announcing The Tryst, a Fabulous 15thC Cottage in Medieval Lavenham

We are very excited to show you around the latest addition to our selection of romantic cottages: The Tryst, a 15th century, Grade I listed cottage in the medieval village of Lavenham.


Sleeping five (plus two dogs), The Tryst is heavily beamed and full of charm and character. The kitchen is warmed gently by the Aga, there is a private and enchanting walled garden and the rooms are beautifully furnished with antiques and original works of art.

Set in the heart of of Lavenham, which is thought to be one of the finest medieval villages in the country,  The Tryst is just steps away from art galleries, boutiques, some wonderful restaurants as well as footpaths through the gentle Suffolk countryside.

We hope you will visit soon to enjoy this magical place.


Lavenham, one of Suffolk’s ‘Wool Towns’ was the 14th richest town in England during the reign of Henry VIII, and this wealth is still evident in the magnificent, medieval architecture that we see today.


The appearance of the village has changed little over the years, with half-timbered houses leaning merrily over narrow streets, which are home to more than 300 listed buildings.


Squishy sofas in The Tryst invite you to sit down and relax and the cottage has wifi, an internet enabled TV and extensive library of DVDs, books and magazines.


The kitchen is warmed by the Aga and has a table for a cosy breakfast time. Just outside the kitchen door is the stunning walled garden with seating for dining ‘al fesco’.



This dining room is perfect for a special occasion. Did you know you can have your own personal chef come over and whip up a meal for you? Chef Mark Peters of Just Imagine Foods is a Michelin Star trained chef and will prepare your meal, source suitable wines and will even do the dishes and tidy up afterwards!


The bedrooms are delightful with gorgeous features such as a crown post roof in the French Room and a twenty one armed chandelier in the Gold Room. The single room has French doors leading out into the garden. There may be arguments over who gets to sleep where!

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Do come and visit this beautiful cottage and enjoy the delights of medieval Lavenham and the surrounding countryside.

Treat yourself to a stay in this gorgeous 15th century cottage in Lavenham or what about buying a gift voucher and giving it as a present?  We also have a range of other, equally delightful places for you to explore on the coast and in the lovely Suffolk countryside.

Did you know, you can save money by visiting mid-week? Do have a look at our selection of cottages and don’t forget our special offers’ page.