Grove Stamp 75

Putts Cottage

Location: Hickbush
4 Star

Hidden away at the end of a cart track, perched on a hill overlooking the river Stour in a cluster of five other homes, is this cosy little farm workers cottage: peacefully, happily lost from the world.


Putts Cottage

Location: Hickbush

Hidden away at the end of a cart track, perched on a hill overlooking the river Stour in a cluster of five other homes, is this cosy little farm workers cottage: peacefully, happily lost from the world.

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The Experience

Available for it’s first guests from February 2022

In a peaceful hilltop hamlet called Hickbush is the cuteness of Putts Cottage. A 17th century mid terraced farm workers cottage in this tiny hamlet of six homes overlooking the Stour river valley . Surrounded by fields with footpaths that wander off in different directions.

Putts Cottage overlooks fields, a wooded valley and nature reserve. The cottage is reached by private unmade road of nearly a kilometre,  you feel like you have really reached someones hidden hideout when you arrive at the end of the road.

This cottage is a great place to escape to, it is very cosy and snug and has some beautiful footpaths to explore with the river Stour at the bottom of the hill and an excellent riverside pub called The Henny Swan providing snacks and gastro dining.

Walkers, cyclists and doggies will love it.


Cottage Walk Through

You walk straight into the main sitting room with exposed beams, a brick fireplace with cosy log burner and a traditional brick floor, all in keeping with its historical listed status. Go through an arch way where the stairs lead up to the two double bedrooms and bathroom and into the kitchen/dining room.

The kitchen has a large worktop area and oven, hob and dishwasher – it is snug but everything you need is there.

Upstairs are the two bedrooms with double sized beds, the bathroom has a Victorian ¾ length bath with a hand held shower adapter.

Please note that due to the steep open stairs we cannot accept babies or children under 16 – sorry.

This is a cute little cottage and although there are two double bedrooms it is really more comfortable for two guests, but if you want to book the extra bedroom for a third guest that would be fine at a squeeze.

The Gardens

The cottage looks straight across to the lovely lawned garden which has a cosy seating area perfect for having a relaxing snack or drink. There are lovely views over the valley to the woods beyond, a few steps away is the footpath where the Stour Valley path and The Pilgrims Way (St Edmunds Way ) cross one another. Enchanting walks down to the river Stour or across the valley and up into the Daws Hall Nature Reserve.

The owners are happy to welcome well behaved doggies to this cottage but please note that the garden is not enclosed, and pets should not run off into other gardens, especially as the open fields are just a few steps away.


The little settlement of Hickbush is set on a hilltop overlooking the river Stour, behind it are little hills and vales that run down to the Stour River valley. There are lovely walks along footpaths and tiny lanes, and the owners provide bikes for you to easily scoot down to the excellent local pubs or roam the lanes that even the locals get lost in.

I should mention that there is a pylon line running over Hickbush, but you can’t see it from inside the cottage and you don’t notice it when you are sitting in the lovely garden.

You are about 12 minutes drive from Sudbury which has all the shops, supermarkets and restaurants you could wish for plus a great swimming pool, a train station linking to London iverpool Street  via Marks Tey, The Quay Theatre and the Gainsborough House Museum, there is also a street market on Thursdays and Saturdays.


Local Area

Local Area

The Stour River Valley has a rich history, being the first navigable river in England through its early lock system, immortalised in John Constables painting like The Haywain which he painted at his home just down river at Flatford Mill.

There are many activities on the river and rowing boats can be hired at Dedham and Flatford Mill for gentle rowing and perhaps taking in a picnic on the riverbank. You can book a paddle board experience just down the hill from the cottage at The Henny Swan, through the paddle company, or bring your own boats or paddle boards and set off from the pub. You can also do the Sudbury Stour to the sea trip during September or just book a trip to Bures and Nayland. The River Stour Trust operates a fun boat ride from Sudbury Quay to The Henny Swan

The Pilgrims way was created to bury St Edmund the Martyr one of the first Christian kings of England and its original patron saint (before St George). It runs from Manningtree along this stretch of the Stour and passes the cottage as it meanders from church to church on its way to the beautiful market town of Bury St Edmunds which is about a 40-minute drive away.

Another great painter; Thomas Gainsborough was born in Sudbury and his home is now a lovely Museum dedicated to his life and works.

This area is part of Dedham vale and is a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty … and it is easy to see why.


Standard Inclusive Features

Kitchen: all cottages are complete little homes and facilities include modern central heating, refrigerator, hobs, oven, toaster, crockery, serving dishes, cutlery, many utensils, fire-extinguisher, pots and pans, glasses, mugs, kettle, coffee maker, teapot, kitchen towels, oven gloves, olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar, herbs, tea, fresh and instant coffee, washing up liquid, cloths, general cleaning materials etc.

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.

Your cottage has a cosy woodburning stove and a basket of firewood and a bucket of coal will be provided free of charge. More will be available at cost and there will be firelighters provided, TV, books, games, magazines, local brochures, 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 maintenence

Dog: a water bowl and treat per dog is provided in the cottage.

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.



  • Barbeque
  • Bath
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Bikes Provided
  • Central Heating
  • Cooker and Hob
  • Dishwasher
  • Dog Friendly
  • Freezer-compartment
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Handheld Shower
  • Internet Access
  • Iron and Board
  • Microwave
  • Off Road Parking
  • Open Fire or Wood Burner
  • Smart TV
  • Television
  • Towels Provided
  • Wifi



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What the Guests Say...

  • Alys & Phil:
  • Lovely stay in well equipped cottage. Enjoyed walking in the area. Thank you.
  • Monday, 18th July 2022, Miriam & Steve:
  • A perfect find! So tucked away. The Henny Swan has been on our list for some time and what better way to find it by staying here and walking across the fields! Love to revisit in near future.
  • Monday, 11th July 2022, Sandra & Tony:
  • Our second visit in a month. Can’t stay away! So quiet and peaceful. Very relaxing, much needed break (again!).
  • Sunday, 26th June 2022, Helen:
  • A wonderful cottage, well equipped, comfortable beds, great walks. Used the bikes for a cycle into Sudbury, kayaks from the Henny Swan and drank a few glasses of wine in the garden. Perfect 😊thank you ❤️
  • Monday, 20th June 2022, Ian & Ros:
  • A perfect few days, quiet and idyllic, to wind down. Need to return for a longer spell. A truly lovely cottage/hideaway.
  • Monday, 13th June 2022, Anthony:
  • Beautiful cottage and surroundings, could say forever. Clean, cosy everythingyou need and more. Don’t want to leave – it’s my idea of heaven! Beds are so comfy and to wake up hearing birds, cows and sheep – wow! Just wow! The welcome pack was lovely.
  • Sunday, 29th May 2022, Sue:
  • A perfect little hideaway, tricky to find but well worth it – cosy, quaint cottage with everything thought of, everything was perfect – all the little attention to details. Will return 🙂
  • Friday, 20th May 2022, David & Richard:
  • If you’re looking for a quiet retreat in the country, then look no further than Putts Cottage. The cottage is lovely and clean and has all the facilities that any guests would want. Stephanie was very helpful and made us feel very welcome and has gone above and beyond the call of duty. Spotlessly clean, very peaceful and quiet. It’s a shame we’re not staying longer (family wedding) because the surrounding area looks beautiful. 11 marks out of 10!
  • Friday, 13th May 2022, Berni & Laura:
  • Lovely cottage, great walks and we worked out how to get to the pub by foot – lovely! Beautiful countryside, perfect little hideaway. Thank you for a great stay 🙂 x
  • Sunday, 8 May 2022, Caroline
  • We were met by Stephanie who was so warm and friendly, she couldn’t have been more friendly and helpful settling us in.Everything we could have possibly wanted were in the drawers and cupboards. Fresh flowers, beautiful scents in the bathroom, gorgeous bedding and of course wonderful countryside. Couldn’t have been happier.
    Monday, 21st March 2022, Carole & Gurney:
  • What a fabulous little cottage. Just perfect to get away from it all. We loved the fire and and thank you so much for all the treats and flowers. Enjoyed Sunday lunch at The Henny Swan and some nice walks. Beautiful location, very cosy. X
  • Monday, 31st January 2022, Martin:
  • Everything has been so well done, and it’s clear that much thought has gone into making this a very cosy and comfortable place to stay.
  • Monday, 3rd January 2022, Jackie:
  • We wanted to escape to a secluded cosy cottage after Christmas for some serious R&R and Putts Cottage fitted the bill perfectly. Very comfortable, well appointed with bags of charm, we loved the cottage, particularly the comfy bed and woodburning stove.


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