Grove Stamp 75

The Stables

Location: Great Maplestead
4 Star

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

Location: Great Maplestead

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 Experience - Self Catering At The Stables

The Stables is a 1600’s, Grade II listed farm building and has recently 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.

Sara provides her guests with a lovely Welcome Breakfast Hamper.


Cottage Walk Through

Cottage Walk Through

This bright and airy cottage cottage has an open plan living area with a high vaulted ceiling. A big, 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 out onto 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 very 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 by some great visitor attractions, some interesting towns and villages and offers a perfect mix of countryside and culture.

The Gardens

This self-catering cottage has its own 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 Suffolk/Essex 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 pyramidal 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 weddings 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 1700’s, 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.

Green Credentials

The Coach House was renovated to comply with strong historical restoration building regulation 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 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 lives in the hedgerows around us and we had a baby Muntjac sleeping under the apple tree in the cottage garden last spring.

We have vast array of birds in the gardens such as pheasants, partridge, moorhens, woodpeckers, and hawks can be seen regularly hovering to catch mice on walks.

We have spotted a large variety of butterflies on our lavender hedges over the last year.


Local Area

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 your own ‘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.


Standard Inclusive Features

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, salt and 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.

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.

2 well behaved doggies are welcome, charges apply of £20 per pet for up to 7 nights.



  • Barbeque
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Bikes Provided
  • Central Heating
  • Clothes Airer or Washing Line
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Clothes Washer
  • Cooker and Hob
  • Dog Friendly
  • Enclosed garden or large dog area
  • Freezer-compartment
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Garden - Enclosed
  • Ground Floor Bedroom
  • Ground Floor Shower
  • Ground Floor Toilet
  • Internet Access
  • Iron and Board
  • King Size Bed
  • Microwave
  • Off Road Parking
  • Open Fire or Wood Burner
  • Shower, Walk In
  • Single Storey
  • Television
  • Towels Provided
  • Wifi



Trainline Journey Planner: Click Here

London Liverpool Street station – (change at Marks Tey) Sudbury station = 79 mins

Sudbury Town Taxis 01787 377366 – 15 mins to cottage


What the Guests Say...

    • Friday, 12th April 2024, Sisse:
      We had such a wonderful stay in Sarah’s cottage.
      It really surpassed our expectations!
      Beautiful rural village, wonderfully decorated space, so well equipped.
      It really felt like home!
      We had a fantastic stay thanks so much!
    • Friday, 5th April 2024,Christine:
      The cottage is a charming, comfortable property in a beautiful and peaceful location.
      We enjoyed our five day stay with our two dogs.
      The owner provided everything we needed including a generous welcome hamper and the bed is the most comfortable we have ever slept in.
    • Sunday, 25th February 2024, Simon:
      Great stay, just what we needed, will be back.
    • Monday, 19th February 2024, Deborah-Lee:
      Sara, our host was AMAZING!
      It was such a nice touch that our host welcomed us, showed us around the barn & gave us a beautiful welcome basket, that was very much appreciated.
      We thoroughly enjoyed our stay & didn’t want to leave.
      It was everything & more… Stunning location, stunning property, great doggie walks, the barn had everything we needed & the bed was oh so comfy.
      A perfect place to unwind & kick back.
      We would rate the whole experience 11/10
    • Monday, 1st May 2023, Abby:
      The Stables was a very beautiful place to stay in surrounded by the countryside and lots of public footpaths. There are a lot of lovely pubs around, check in was easy and the place was spotless with a lovely hamper of food. Definitely would like to come back 🙂
    • Friday, 30th December 2022, Camilla:
      This was a lovely place which was cosy, spacious and elegant. There were thoughtful touches including a breakfast basket and sweet Christmas tree. We would very much like to stay again.
    • Friday, 7th October 2022, Angela:
      This cottage looks lovely in the photos and is even better in the flesh.
      There’s been so much thought and care gone into the property and the bed is the most comfortable we have ever slept in.
      The arrival hamper was greatly appreicated and contained excellent produce.
      It’s in a really peaceful and stunning part of Essex – definitely would like to return and stay longer.
      Lovely touches like the fresh flowers and hamper.
    • Friday, 26th August 2022, Sarah:
      Communication was great prior to arrival and the cottage and grounds are absolutely stunning.
      We were warmly welcomed by Sara who showed us round and had a welcome basket full of goodies for us.
      A lovely touch as we were celebrating our wedding anniversary!
      Highly recommend to anyone looking for a fab UK getaway.
    • Thursday, 9th of May, 2019, Graham:
      Wonderful place, very welcoming and peaceful.
      Definitely coming back
    • Monday, 29th of April, 2019, Bob:
      Just moved in for a weeks relaxing break and all looks and feels great!
    • Sunday, 9th of September, 2018, Lorraine & Neil:
      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)
    • Monday, 2nd of April, 2018, Juliet & Trevor:
      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.
    • Sunday, 25th of March, 2018, Jon & Sarah:
      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.
    • Friday, 16th of March, 2018, Janice & Martin:
      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.
    • Sunday, 11th of March, 2018, David & Claire:
      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!!
    • Thursday, 4th of January, 2018, Peter & Nancy:
      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
    • Friday, 1st of December, 2017, Pete & Vicky:
      Such a lovely cosy place, it froze and it snowed but we were oblivious to all that. Time here was too short.
    • Sunday, 19th of November, 2017, Anthony & Lana:
      A beautiful place for a country getaway. Very cosy and tranquil. A lovely place to celebrate a birthday! Thank you
    • Monday, 13th of November, 2017, Jon :
      A wonderful, cosy, relaxing stay. Thank you
    • Friday, 28th of April, 2017, Doreen:
      We had a relaxing and enjoyable stay, lovely walks straight from the door. The welcome basket is a really thoughtful touch. Thank you.
    • Sunday, 2nd of April, 2017, Chris:
      A very comfortable stay and everything we needed. Thank you very much, we appreciated the generous welcome basket too.
    • Friday, 31st of March, 2017, Jill & Paul:
      Thank you Sara! The cottage is just beautiful and we’ve enjoyed our stay immensely. A perfect escape from it all.
    • Friday, 10th of March, 2017, Kelly:
      Beautiful cottage, exactly what we hoped for. Quiet, homely and truly relaxing. Would love to come back one day.
    • Monday, 30th of January, 2017, Blanca:
      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.
    • Monday, 2nd of January, 2017, Lorraine & Tony:
      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.
    • Friday, 30th of December, 2016, Michael & Anne:
      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.
    • Sunday, 4th of December, 2016, Debbie & Roy:
      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.
    • Friday, 14th of October, 2016, Anne & Chris:
      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………
    • Saturday, 1st of October, 2016, Charles & Annie:
      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.
    • Friday, 16th of September, 2016, Chrissie & Jim:
      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.
    • Thursday, 18th of August, 2016, Clare & George:
      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.
    • Friday, 29th of July, 2016, Lee:
      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.
    • Monday, 27th of June, 2016, Barbara:
      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!
    • Monday, 16th of May, 2016, Gabi & Jorg:
      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!
    • Friday, 6th of May, 2016, Nat & David:
      Great place to spend our second anniversary. A log fire makes the Stables even more magical. Found some real hidden Gems.
    • Monday, 2nd of May, 2016, Joanne:
      Usual high standard we have found with your other cottages we have stayed in. Warm welcome, excellent location.
    • Monday, 7th of March, 2016, Catalina:
      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!
    • Sunday, 21st of February, 2016, Philippa:
      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.
    • Tuesday, 16th of February, 2016, Ian:
      Lovely relaxing weekend in a cosy cottage, much enjoyed the warming log burner.
    • Sunday, 7th of February, 2016, Fallon & David:
      Great stay, great local area, lovely people, would definitely stay again.
    • Sunday, 3rd of January, 2016, Ian and Ann :
      A brief stay, but very pleasant. We would certainly come again. Many thanks
    • Friday, 1st of January, 2016, Tim and Sue :
      A lovely peaceful location, beautiful accommodation, comfy, warm and tranquil in lovely countryside. Our dogs had a great time and so did we !
    • Thursday, 31st of December, 2015, Carol:
      Lovely cottage, well equipped within reach of pleasant places to eat in the evenings. Especially welcome was the ‘welcome basket’ for breakfast!
    • Monday, 14th of December, 2015, Mel and Simon :
      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 !
    • Sunday, 6th of December, 2015, Douglas and Merilyn :
      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.
    • Sunday, 1st of February, 2015, Lyndsay:
      The Stables is a really attractive holiday home – great location, stylishly furnished and well equipped.
    • Friday, 1st of August, 2014, John & Lottie:
      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!
    • Friday, 4th of July, 2014, Rod & Chris:
      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
    • Monday, 4th of November, 2013, Amanda & Richard:
      A wonderful place to stay � instant relaxation � delicious chocolate cake! So comfortable, particularly with the woodburner. A lovely area to explore and enjoy
    • Sunday, 27th of October, 2013, Julie:
      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.
    • Monday, 21st of October, 2013, Linda:
      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.
    • Monday, 7th of October, 2013, Jane:
      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.
    • Thursday, 3rd of October, 2013, Ian:
      Warm welcome from owner. Lovely cottage all our needs. Quiet and scheduled within short drive and amazing trees.
    • Sunday, 29th of September, 2013, Julie:
      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.
    • Thursday, 26th of September, 2013, Robert:
      Our welcome was warm and generous. The accommodation was very very comfortable with a tasteful ambiance. Delicious food.
    • Saturday, 21st of September, 2013, Lisa:
      A truly luxurious cottage, with a warm welcome and an amazing welcome basket! Perfect in every way.


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