Discover: Grover Farm
This is where it all started and where I live. I bought the derelict 1700's farm in 1997 with a mind to convert the stunning and characterful farm buildings into fabulous Holiday Cottages. Starting with one cottage at a time I gradually renovated each cottage by hand carefully retaining as much original material as possible, or replacing what could not be retained with reclaimed materials of the same period where possible.
For every cottage we provide a special 'What To Do' guide, which is my own personalised guide to this part of Suffolk with masses of information. Follow the link for Edwardstone to discover what this delightful part of Suffolk has to offer
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The Character and Features
Throughout the renovation process the style and character of each cottage organically progressed, inspired by the original features of each cottage and their history. The Bakery features the original Bake oven, Orchard Cottage has the original pigeon holes now glazed with coloured glass in the bedrooms and a lovely old 'Suffolk White' brick floor with massive inglenook fireplace, Dons Barn which was once the threshing barn uses a beautiful Mill stone as a table, and Snow and Rose Cottages makes amazing use of a relatively small area with their high vaulted ceilings and interesting interior design. Farm Cottage was the easiest as I virtually left this 1720's farm workers cottage in its original state - just restored it and brought water into it along with central heating, bathroom and a proper kitchen.
White Suffolk brick floors and lime wash walls, reclaimed ancient doors and windows, original soft redbrick walls and a high degree of period furnishing all combine to bring a rustic and romantic atmosphere to these cottages, not forgetting the charming open fires which guests love to light all year round to enjoy snuggling up to.
Set in rural landscape just outside of the tiny hamlet of 'Priory Green', we are accessed only by a single track lane with footpaths and fields to stroll through from our doorstep and a dog friendly Micro Brewery often with live bands performing just a couple of fields away, these cottages are the perfect place for a peaceful, rural break.
The South Suffolk Cycle Route runs right past these cottages, sign posting you through the most beautiful villages in Suffolk such as Boxford, Kersey and the 'Lovejoy' famed Long Melford with its many antique shops lining the longest village high street in England. Bikes are available free of charge, the perfect way to explore these quaint little villages.
I have marked out a walkers OS map with all of the best pubs, restaurants and village highlights to make your break easy to fill with great stuff to see and do.
All of this information and provided in every cottage next to your breakfast basket which is filled with local bread and bacon, milk, butter eggs, tomatoes and fruit, everything you need for a fantastic fry up. There is a large car park for the guests of the Grove Farm Cottages overlooking the big Orchard which is doggy exercise area.
There are many pretty walks straight from the cottages with both the picturesque Church and the local Camra pub being just a 15 minute walk accross the fields.
Just 10 minutes away is Polstead where the steep little hills lead down to the river Stour, there are some wonderful walks here along the pilgrims way or explore the lovely woodland at Polstead called The Dollops where the bluebells put on a wonderful Springtime display: Polstead
For more information about everything in the Suffolk area from the best walks to the best pubs please visit our 'What To Do' page.
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