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.


The Experience - Self Catering At Putts Cottage

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 lovely character 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.

Please Note: 2 cars can get into the private parking place – but the turning is too tight for a long wheelbased Van.


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 this old cottage has quite a steep staircase, so please bear this in mind if you have a baby or child or one of you is less than fully mobile.

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 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...


  • Friday, 12th July 2024, Cliff:
    5 Stars
    We loved staying at Putt’s Cottage and would definitely return.
    It was spotlessly clean, relaxing & we felt immediately at home.
    Nice welcome pack of breakfast items & milk in fridge.
    My husband thought it was like staying in ‘The Holiday’ film cottage, minus the snow.
    Kitchen was well stocked with utensils.
    Ideal location for visiting National Trust, HHA properties.
    Bathroom is small but in keeping with the cottage.
    Key was easy to locate there is parking & instructions for getting in & out were really helpful.
  • Friday, 5th July, Friday, 31st May 2024, Tanya:
    This is the best equipped and most welcoming cottage we have ever stayed in !
    – and we have stayed in plenty!
    So cute, décor is really in keeping with the cottage and lots of extras such as food for our first morning’s breakfast.
    The location is great for relaxing & for walking the dog.
    Beautiful part of the UK – who needs to go abroad ?
  • Sunday, 30th June 2024, Ruby:
    Nice character cottage, Very clean
  • Friday, 12th April 2024, Gemma:
    Absolutely wonderful spot in the middle of the countryside.
    The cottage is beautifully thought out and we were delighted to see deer in the garden.
    Hosts were so helpful and welcoming.
    We loved it – thank you so much.
  • Sunday, 31st March 2024, Russell & Dian:
    We have had the most wonderful break.
    Relaxed, refreshed in a beautiful cottage.
    Lovely walks, un-spoilt area, Cottage had lovely features, cosy and relaxing.
    If you every wish to sell, we are a call away 😊
  • Sunday, 24th March 2024,Francis:
    Great place , nice and quiet, but also near walks and pubs good parking and easy check in.
    Liked the real fire, good stay.
  • Friday, 9th February 2024, Scott & Nyrsam:
    What a beautiful place to stay!! We loved every part of it! Comfy bed and sofas, well equipped kitchen and fantastic fireplace. You have gone beyond any host with the welcome basket. Thank you so much for the dog treats. We will come back, we promise 😊
  • Sunday, 4th February 2024, Chris, Kate & Beatrix:
    Such a cute little hideaway – we loved our time here! Great walks from our doorstep! Thanks for the welcome basket ❤️
  • Sunday, 21st January 2024, Ollie:
    Beautiful cottage in fantastic countryside. Peaceful location and house full of character and charm
  • Friday, 5th January 2024, Frank & Emma:
    Had a great time in this cosy cottage.
    It even managed to stop raining for a while.
    Fab food at The Swan.
    Thanks so much for the goodies.
    X p.s. great bacon!
  • Monday 11th December 2023, Donna and her doggies:
    Had a lovely weekend at Stphanie’s place in the quaint cottage.
    The cottage is well equipped for it’s size and has lots of interesting features.
    The area is lovely and there’s a dog-friendly pub in a walkable distance from the cottage.
  • Friday, 1st December 2023, Jenny:
    Really beautiful little cottage in a very peaceful setting.
    We really enjoyed our stay and were very comfortable.
    The extra touches were lovely.. especially the use of the log burner, the very generous welcome basket and all the Christmas decorations!
    Bed linen lovely quality which made for restful nights sleep.
    Felt like a home from home.
  • Sunday, 26th November 2023, Kate:
    A beautiful evening away in a beautiful cottage.
    Thank you for having us.
  • Monday, 30th October 2023, Ciara:
    We loved it! Really cute cottage, with everything you could need.
    Great walks from the door.
    The food there was fantastic (the Henny Swan).
    Overall, I would really recommend this place. Thanks
  • Friday, 15th September 2023, Sandra & Tony:
    We love this cottage so much.
    Stephanie has thought of everything that you would need.
    We have stayed at quite a few Grove Cottages and this one is our favourite.
    So peaceful and quiet.
    I’m sure we will be back again.
    Third time here, thank you Stephanie, your cottage is beautiful and thank you for all the goodies!
  • Friday, 8th September 2023, Shelley:
    A delightful,  and so well equipped cotage in a stunning rural location.
    Spotless throughout with masses of information about the local.
    Will certainly recommend to anyone I know who would appreciate the high standard. 10/10!
  • Monday, 28th August 2023, Richard & Lindsey:
    Thank you Stephanie.
    Perfect picturesque cottage.
    Had a wonderful time, time to relax in a beautiful location.
    Definitely visit again.
  • Friday, 25th August 2023, Rick:
    Terrific place – really well thought out and utterly idyllic spot!
  • Friday, 18th August 2023, James & Pritpal:
    Had an amazing weekend.
    The cottage was the perfect place to get engaged (she said yes!).
  • Sunday, 13th August 2023, Jo & Sara:
    Beautifully situated, so, so quiet – amazing. Would recommend!
  • Sunday, 30th July 2023, Dave & Danni:
    Thank you – stayed for a wedding.
    Beautiful cottage and location.
    Would definitely come back.
    Loved the welcome gifts.
  • Monday, 24th July 2023, Vitoria & Holly:
    Super peaceful retreat!
    Cosy, well equipped cottage.
    Loved the Henny Swan pub and river 🙂
  • Friday, 2nd June 2023, Vic & Michael:
    Great time!
    Thank you, we’ll be back. X
  • Monday, 1st May 2023, Jess & Christoph:
    Charming cottage in a beautiful peaceful setting.
    Well looked after with a lovely personal touch.
    The perfect escape from London!
  • Monday, 24th April 2023, Dave & Liz:
    Beautifully appointed, absolutely cosy and comfortable cottage off a delightfully fun track – bikes, beer, walks and typical Suffolk countryside ‘everywhere’.
    A fabulous stay in an unexpected haven!
    We will hopefully return and the welcoming package was lovely.
    Loved it!!
  • Monday, 10th April 2023, Violeta:
    Beautiful cottage in the middle of the countryside, fully furnished to the highest standards, BBQ and bikes to use as well.
    Sudbury is a stones throw away and perfect for people who like to walk in nature.
    Thank you very much for a wonderful weekend!
  • Monday, 3rd April 2023, Patrick
    Thanks so much for all the time you’ve taken to provide really useful local info – we really appreciated this !
    Also, thanks for all the kind extras – beautiful Spring flowers, wine, chocolates etc.
    We enjoyed everything a lot The Cottage is lovely !
    Everything was just right.
    Thank you.
  • Monday, 6th March 2023, Gina & Mike, plus tiny Dolly Chops
    What a lovely Cottage.
    So Quiet and Peaceful.
    All the cottages we have stayed in from “Grove Cottages” have been excellent Putts is the same.
    Thank you for such a clean well-kept cottage and allowing us to stay.
    Had some lovely walks in the March Sunshine.
    Even deer in the garden.
    What a treat !
  • Friday, 24th February 2023, Jaye & Kim:
    We’ve had a fab 48 hours. So much sky to enjoy – the neighbours are lovely.
    The Henny Swan is fab, great tasty dishes and dog friendly.
    Thank you for all the small touches that make Grove Cottages so special to stay with.
    Just perfect in every way.
  • Friday, 10th February 2023, Michele & Lewis & Darcy:
    Putts Cottage is…..
    Perfectly delightful.
    Utterly secluded.
    Treats galore.
    Thank you so much.
    Suffolk countryside all around.
  • Friday, 3rd February 2023, Jo & Brian:
    Very enjoyable stay in Putts Cottage.
    A real taste of rural life!
    Thank you for the welcome goodies.
    We have walked some peaceful and scenic routes and had a trip to Southwold for a crab lunch at the Sole Bay Fish Co. (which is a foodie destination I reckon!).
  • Sunday, 29th January 2023, Sarah & Dave:
    The loveliest stay in such a cute and cosy cottage.
    Steph is great, very accommodating.
    Thank you for the treats they were much appreciated.
    We went on lovely walks and I would recommend the Henny pub, lunch was fab!
    Thank you, Sarah xx
  • Friday, 27th January 2023, Linda & Clive:
    We had a lovely few days.
    We did lots of walks from the door of your lovely cottage and had a couple of lovely meals in the Henny Swan, was a lovely relaxing break, thank you.
  • Monday, 23rd January 2023, Barbara:
    Very near perfect cottage!
    Fully equipped, remote, so relaxing, super fire, amazing welcome basket, wonderful for walking, easily accessible to so many places.
    The log burning sove was so easy to use and very effective at warming the room.
    Extremely comfy beds!
    Long live Grove Cottages!
  • Friday, 6th January 2023, Rosie:
    Gorgeous stay, thank you don’t want to leave the peace!
  • Friday, 30th December 2022, Katie & Peter:
    We had a beautiful few days over New Year.
    Thank you so much, it was so peaceful and lovely walks.
    The cottage is full of everything you need.
    We got to go into Lavenham which was stunning!
  • Friday, 23rd December 2022, Vince & Eliza:
    Beautiful Christmas cottage.
    Very cosy and warm!
    We have had a wonderful stay with beautiful walks with the dogs!
    The perfect staycation, we will definitely come back! Thank you.
  • Friday, 18th November 2022, Pete & Angie:
    Lovely cottage, great instructions to get here (otherwise we may still have been looking).
    Very peaceful, a perfect weekend for our 33rd anniversary.
  • Friday, 30th September 2022, Gail & Andrew:
    A gorgeous relaxing break away from it all in this lovely cottage.
    Great walks with the dog and delicious meals at the Henny Swan.
    Feel refreshed!!
    Thank you Stephanie. X
  • Friday, 23rd September 2022, Pat & Roger:
    An eventful but thoroughly enjoyable week.
    Thanks Steph for all you efforts…
  • Friday, 16th September 2022, Chris & Louise:
    We have had a most wonderful stay and wished for nothing.
    The cottage is both cosy and welcoming set in a beautiful area, lovely gestures from the host for our dog and thank you for letting us leave a little later so that we could watch the Queen’s funeral. X
  • Sunday, 4th September 2022, Jo:
    Putts Cottage is lovely; very small and cute, beautifully equipped and in a lovely location.
    Tall/broad people may find the 3/4 bath a challenge, but this is counter-balanced by the comfort of everything else in the cottage.
    This is the place to get away from it all.
  • Monday, 29th August 2022, Jonny & Gem:
    A gorgeous, private getaway weekend!
    Exactly what we needed!
    We felt well looked after with lots of helpful restaurant recommendations.
    Our dog loved the dog bed supplied and the treats!
    We made use of the well stocked kitchen.
    Thank you, can’t wait to come back! X
  • Friday, 26th August 2022, Neil & Lin:
    Had a wonderful stay at the beautiful Putts Cottage.
    So peaceful, so clean and tidy, has everything you could possibly need.
    Lovely welcome basket, brilliant that you have all the local information and maps.
    Stephanie could not have been more helpful!
    Wish we could stay longer.
  • Sunday, 21st August 2022, Stephanie:
    Beautiful weekend in Putts Cottage – true escapism.
    Our only wish is that we could have stayed longer!
  • Sunday, 14th August 2022, Charlie & Jess:
    We had a lovely weekend at Putts Cottage.
    Very peaceful and comfortable!
    We will be back for longer!
    Thank you.
  • Friday, 12th August 2022, Adrian & Susan:
    We have had a glorious week of weather in Putts Cottage – a much needed haven of peace and quiet.
    Thank you Stephanie for your helpful texts and for giving us a really comfortable week away.
  • Friday, 22nd July 2022, 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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