Malt Cottage

5 Star rating

Cottage Details

Cottage: Malt Cottage
Location of the cottage: Nayland
Number of bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
Children / Babies: Yes,
Arrival days (changeover): Monday, Friday
Pets: 2 (2 well behaved dogs accepted)

Malt Cottage Awards

enjoy england 5 star
Mark Scott

A Real 5 Star Luxury: It Just Doesn't Get Better Than This!

Malt Cottage is a 15th Century Hall House situated in the picturesque riverside village of Nayland. Nearby you will find delicious local restaurants, lovely pubs and great walking routes. Dog friendly.

Mark Scott


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Facilities Checklist

  • Barbeque
  • Bath
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Bikes Provided
  • Cats Accepted
  • Central Heating
  • Clothes Airer or Washing Line
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Clothes Washer
  • Cooker and Hob
  • Courtyard
  • Dishwasher
  • Dog Friendly
  • Flame Effect Fire
  • Freezer-compartment
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Garden - Enclosed
  • Ground Floor Bath
  • Ground Floor Bedroom
  • Ground Floor Shower
  • Ground Floor Toilet
  • High Chair Provided
  • Internet Access
  • Iron and Board
  • King Size Bed
  • Microwave
  • Off Road Parking
  • Open Fire
  • Shepherds Hut Holiday
  • Shower, over Bath
  • Shower, Walk In
  • Single Storey
  • Smart TV
  • Television
  • Towels Provided
  • Travel Cot Provided
  • Village
  • Wifi
  • Wood Burner


Malt Cottage is the latest renovation project from Sara and Kevin who previously renovated one of our most popular cottages; Cobblers Cottage

Cottage Walk Through

  • Upon entering, it scoops you up and gives you an enormous hug. Character and charm overflows from every room. On a cold winters night there is nothing cosier than curling up on the Knoll sofa in front of the open fire. The sitting room was the main room for the original hall house and dates from 1420.  
  • The kitchen, dining room and garden room are bathed with sun throughout the day. All open up and overflow onto a beautiful patio and enclosed private garden. Settle down into the wing back chair in the study with a book from the well-stocked library. You may discover, as one of our guests did, that it is the perfect room in which to practice the cello!
  • Upstairs are two good sized double bedrooms. Like something out of Alice in Wonderland, you may have to duck as you walk through the small door at the top of the stairs where you will find yourself transported into a magnificent room, fit for a princess, with it’s majestic vaulted ceiling and furnished with French antiques and textiles.
  • The second bedroom is so bright and cheerful, you can’t help but be uplifted when you wake up in the morning under an antique Indian Wedding Arch, full of embroidered symbols of good wishes and hope.
  • The huge roll top bath in the upstairs bathroom allows you to soak away your stresses and strains, while the delightful wet room downstairs provides an uplifting and invigorating shower.
  • The whole house has been beautifully decorated. The coloured lime washed walls give warmth and comfort. The carefully selected antique furniture is certainly more chic than shabby and perfectly reflect the splendour of this historically important 15th century hall house.
  • Wherever possible, Sara has added layers of texture and colour with a collection of handmade rugs and textiles from her shop ‘The Rug and Carpet Studio’ in nearby Long Melford (guests at Malt Cottage are offered a 10% discount at Sara's shop).
  • There is a private off-road car park at the end of the garden just for Malt Cottage. Malt Cottage adjoins Cobblers Cottage - they are totally separate cottages, but could be booked together with access through the connecting garden. 
  • The second bedroom in Malt Cottage can also be arranged to accommodate two children as the king-size bed can be split into two single beds.

The Location

  • Nayland is a beautiful village on the banks of the river Stour with a few well-stocked local shops, a great butcher who also sells fresh bread, cheese and vegetables. The Anchor is a fabulous riverside pub and there two other very good pubs within walking distance of the cottage.
  • Nayland is surounded by beautiful countryside ideal for walking and exploring The River Stour, The Pilgrims Way and Dedham Vale; which is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are many beautiful walks into the countryside straight from the cottage.
  • To find out more about the attractions of the local area, including the lovely Pubs & Restaurants, please click on this link: Malt Cottage


Standard Inclusive Features

All prices include VAT and everything written below:
Kitchen: all cottages are complete little homes and facilities include modern central heating, refrigerator, hobs, oven and / or microwave, toaster, crockery & serving dishes, cutlery, many utensils, fire-extinguisher, lots of pots & pans, glasses & mugs, kettle, coffee maker, teapot, kitchen towels, oven gloves, olive oil & vinegar, salt & pepper, sugar, herbs, tea, fresh and instant coffee, washing up liquid, cloths, general cleaning materials, etc.
"Welcome Pack": Contains all the freshest ingredients for a 'Proper English breakfast': eggs, bacon, butter, some tomatoes, fruit, a lemon, a litre of milk and a loaf of fresh local bread.
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 of firewood and a bucket of coal will be provided free, more will be available at cost - firelighters will be provided. TV, 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 maintenence  
Baby: Cot and high chair provided in cottages accepting babies (please bring babies bedding).
Dog: Water bowl and treat per dog is provided in cottages accepting pets.

Well behaved dogs are always welcome, please refer to All About Bringing Pets for charges, rules, and how this cottage may suit your pet.


Your Local Independent Wine Merchant can deliver straight to your door

contact or call  07921128950

Fine Wines delievered

Gainsborough Health Spa is offering 15% off all treatments and spa day packages and 33% off day passes.

Just Mention The Grove Cottages when you book.

15% off Heath Spa treats

Our "Welcome Pack": Contains all the freshest ingredients for a 'Proper English breakfast': eggs, bacon, butter, some tomatoes, fruit, a lemon, a litre of milk and a loaf of fresh local bread.

Cottages with open fires are supplied with a complimentary first load of fuel after which you can buy more using an honesty box.

Most cottages also supply Bikes free of charge unless it is stated that no bikes are available.

Breakfast Basket Supplied

10% discount for all food ordered at:

The Anchor, Nayland 

The Angel, Stoke by Nayland

The Swan, Monks Eleigh

on arrival just present one of the postcards found in Cobblers Cottage

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Enjoy the hedonistice pleasures of a Massage or Beauty Therapist treatment at your cottage to smooth away those stressed nerves.

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The Suffolk Guide

Assington Mill runs some very interesting Rural Arts and Craft Courses from Gilding and Bee Keeping to Coracle and Straw Bale house building.

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Important moments slip by so quickly. Capture them in a relaxed portraiture session in the comfort of your own holiday cottage.

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While you are staying with us why not have a special treat and go Sailing for the day.  

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We can offer you your own Personal Chef at this cottage to create the perfect evening in. 

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Public Transport

London Liverpool Street station - Colchester station = 47 mins

Taxis at station - 15 mins to cottage

What the Guests Say

  • Monday, 31st of July, 2017, Lynda:

    A lovely home from home and an excellent welcome from Kevin.

  • Thursday, 6th of July, 2017, Deborah & Tim:

    Genuinely one of the most delightful (possibly the best) cottages we have stayed in! Loved being here. Loved being in the area

  • Monday, 19th of June, 2017, John & Alison:

    Everything we needed and more for the perfect weekend getaway. Booked the day before we arrived, So Lucky to stay in a charming, charismatic, authentic and cosy cottage. Huge thanks to Kevin who gave us a great welcome

  • Friday, 16th of June, 2017, Norbert & Corinna:

    We stayed for 11 nights and enjoyed the cottage very much. It is very charming and cosy and we can recommend it without any restriction. The beds are very good, the equipement is very large, Nayland is a lovely village, nice people, such a village in Germany would be full of tourists - Malt Cottage is just wonderful

  • Friday, 12th of May, 2017, Jeremy & Julia:

    Complete relaxation. The garden, garden room, ambiance of the place, decor, supplies - everything helped us to switch off and soak up the beauty and unique energy of the place

  • Monday, 8th of May, 2017, Helen:

    Absolutely Stunning Cottage

  • Thursday, 27th of April, 2017, Rod & Sue:

    Excellent cleanliness. Excellent Welcome. Excellent Comfort. Excellent supplies and Breakfast basket. Excellent local information. Excellent cosy feel. Expectations totally fullfilled. Excellent.

  • Monday, 24th of April, 2017, Belinda:

    Wonderful time in an exquisite cottage in a picturesque village. Thank you.

  • Friday, 21st of April, 2017, Cherly:

    Malt Cottage is delightful, cosy, comfortable with all that you need. It was lovely to come 'home' after an outing. Beautiful countryside and dog walks. Used the extensive and useful notes in the folders for sugestions. many thanks for the proffessional service.

  • Monday, 27th of March, 2017, Janice & Stephen:

    Fabulous, we enjoyed our stay very much. Hope to be back soon we stayed in Malt and Cobblers !

  • Friday, 17th of March, 2017, Jo:

    Utterly Charming. Full of character. Good pub in the village. Could easily have stayed here for an awful lot longer.

  • Monday, 13th of March, 2017, Malcolm:

    Fascinating Cottage. Skillfully restored & beautifullly decorated and furnished. Cleanliness could not be faulted. Warm Welcome and interesting history provided. Honesty bar a lovely touch.

  • Sunday, 12th of March, 2017, Sue:

    A Unique abode ! The cottages tells so many stories of bygone days yet has all the comforts and little luxuries of our age. Beautiful surroundings. Lovely pub. Excellent walking opportunities. We are sure to return. Thank you.

  • Friday, 17th of February, 2017, Hannah:

    We ahd an amazing time at Malt Cottage. It was perfect for a Winter break, very cosy with a beautiful log fire and a lovely area. Thanks for a great week !

  • Monday, 23rd of January, 2017, Paul:

    Everything was perfect.

  • Tuesday, 17th of January, 2017, Natasha:

    Beautiful Cottage. Impeccably decorated. We have stayed in a few of The Grove's cottages and this is our New Favourite.

  • Monday, 16th of January, 2017, Stefanie:

    We have had the most fantastic weekend here ! We will definitely be back !

  • Sunday, 8th of January, 2017, Heather:

    We have used Grove Cottages several times. Always found the accommodation to be quirky, well loved and extremely comfy. Malt Cottage was no exception and in truth one of the nicest we have stayed in. The warm welcome from Kevin really started the weekend off well. The beds were heavenly and left us waking up refreshed and ready to enjoy the weekend. Wonderful stay- thank you Kevin & Sara.

  • Friday, 16th of December, 2016, Alison:

    A beautifully furnished cottage with many lovely touches including a wonderful Christmas tree. A fantastic 4 day break, away from the "norm". Thank you - we will definitely be back! The cottage is incredibly well stocked for cooking etc and is immaculately presented with lots of thoughtful additions. The best of all the cottages we have stayed in.

  • Friday, 2nd of December, 2016, Ray:

    7th visit to one of Grove Cottages!

  • Sunday, 13th of November, 2016, Matt:

    Grove Cottages never disappoint and Malt Cottage is one of the best we've stayed in, so cosy and welcoming. Lovely garden, beautifully decorated, fabulously well stocked kitchen. Perfect!

  • Thursday, 10th of November, 2016, John:

    We loved it all and we're definitely coming back!

  • Friday, 28th of October, 2016, Dorry:

    I think we have found our second home!

  • Monday, 17th of October, 2016, Diana:

    Malt Cottage is beautiful, cosy, quiet and comfortable. What more could you need?!

  • Saturday, 15th of October, 2016, Kathy:

    The personal greeting/welcome, the food basket and all the little touches set Grove Cottages above the others. Cobblers and Malt are top of Grove Cottages too!! It is perfect, can't say better than that!

  • Sunday, 2nd of October, 2016, Chris:

    A lovely comfortable cottage in a beautiful area.

  • Sunday, 25th of September, 2016, Beverly & Nigel:

    Perfect. Full of character, in a lovely village. All was excellent and would love to revisit.

  • Friday, 23rd of September, 2016, Lindsey:

    Perfect - thank you!

  • Sunday, 18th of September, 2016, Chris:

    The cottage was very well equipped and very charming. I would recommend it. Also very quiet and peaceful - great stay.

  • Sunday, 11th of September, 2016, Kerry & Sharon:

    Absolutely everything has been thought of and catered for - from a welcome basket of food to bikes in the shed. Cooking has not felt like a chore during our stay and the decor is sympathetic to the period and gives it such character.

  • Friday, 2nd of September, 2016, Abi & Bob:

    Malt Cottage is a beautiful, light filled, comfortable home. A great place from which to explore Suffolk and Essex. We were here during a heat wave so had a couple of great days at the beach. Malt Cottage has everything you could need. We'll miss the place!

  • Monday, 22nd of August, 2016, Julie:

    It was all splendid. The conservatory was an especial pleasure. The rugs and fabrics a real joy. All was a doddle to access and enjoy. Does it get any better? We think not! All was above and beyond reasonable expectations. Outstanding.

  • Monday, 15th of August, 2016, Carl:

    Beautiful cottage, excellent break.

  • Friday, 8th of July, 2016, Colin & Ros:

    Excellent cottage in lovely little town. Warm welcome included fresh flowers and some wonderful fresh produce to get us started. With other essentials like tea, coffee and condiments it makes a fantastic easy start to to a holiday. Good wifi connection was a bonus too.

  • Sunday, 3rd of July, 2016, Anne & Doug:

    Malt Cottage is fabulous. Very comfortable and has everything you could possibly need - and more! Love the sun room - quiet place for a quiet read!

  • Monday, 27th of June, 2016, Graham:

    Delightful cottage in a delightful corner of England. Very pleased with the whole set up. Very many thanks!

  • Friday, 10th of June, 2016, Chris:

    Perfect place for a spot of R&R! Especially in the garden and sun room.

  • Monday, 6th of June, 2016, Liz & Ian:

    Wonderful, peaceful country break and surrounded by flowers and birds. Stunning property with a lot of thoughtful attention to detail to make our stay really comfortable and easy to settle in immediately.

  • Thursday, 5th of May, 2016, Tom:

    We have used Grove Cottages on several occasions and never been disappointed. This was our first visit to Malt Cottage and it met our expectations in every way. We hoped for a relaxing week in beautiful surroundings and high quality accommodation - that was precisely what we got!! The house and garden were of the highest standards and we had a wonderful week. Thank you!

  • Friday, 15th of April, 2016, Lindsey:

    What I love about Grove Cottages? I just want to move in permanently to all I have rented and never leave! Especially Malt Cottage! It is truly a beautiful home away from home, very comfortable and cosy. I adore the styling of the cottage and the conservatory and garden - a beautiful space to sit, especially in the morning.

  • Friday, 8th of April, 2016, Robert & Jill:

    Thoroughly enjoyable stay in an extremely cosy, comfortable cottage. Everything is provided from the comfy beds to walking sticks and bicycles. The village is very picturesque as well. We have never stayed in such a warm and comfortable place where everything possible is provided for.

  • Friday, 18th of March, 2016, Susan:

    A lovely cottage and garden. Enjoyed our stay very much, had everything we needed.

  • Monday, 14th of March, 2016, Daniel:

    Great cottage, excellent hosts and location. We will definitely return!

  • Monday, 7th of March, 2016, Elaine:

    Another fantastic stay at the cottage.

  • Monday, 15th of February, 2016, Jeffrey:

    The cottage is beautiful! Very impressed with the cleanliness of the property and the decor.

  • Friday, 12th of February, 2016, Chris:

    Perfect escape bolthole in a beautiful part of the country - quiet and peaceful.

  • Tuesday, 2nd of February, 2016, Jason & Marc:

    How would this compare to the wonderful Cobblers Cottage? Wonderfully larger but with the same cosy intimate feel. Sara & Kevin have created another amazing space here. A dream cottage. Well done guys, we will be back! Soon!

  • Monday, 25th of January, 2016, Peter:


  • Monday, 25th of January, 2016, Peter & Sharon:

    Smashing cottage and smashing weekend, will be back!!

  • Monday, 18th of January, 2016, Terri:

    Lovely relaxing weekend away in a gorgeous cottage. All excellent, will definitely be back.

  • Sunday, 10th of January, 2016, Alex:

    Malt Cottage was beyond my (already high) expectations. Every little thing has been considered, right down to a never ending supply of tea lights! Kevin & Sara were wonderful hosts. The high end finish and multiple extras make this cottage and Grove Cottages really stand out.

  • Sunday, 6th of December, 2015, Peter:

    Well equipped and comfortable cottage in a very friendly village.

  • Sunday, 22nd of November, 2015, Elaine:

    A fantastic, cosy escape from it all weekend. Fantastic!!

  • Sunday, 8th of November, 2015, Maddi:

    Fantastic weekend in a beautiful cottage!

  • Friday, 6th of November, 2015, Richard & Linda:

    This is a lovely cottage, the furnishings, fabric and artefacts are exceptional and highly appropriate to this ancient building and chosen with great taste. The information booklet is one of the best we have seen, really clear and helpful.

  • Sunday, 25th of October, 2015, Colette:

    Wonderful Autumn break. Great place to appreciate the beautiful Suffolk countryside! Thank you so much.

  • Friday, 23rd of October, 2015, Deborah:

    Lovely cottage, beautifully and comfortably furnished. Very relaxing to sit and read in the little sun room, looking out at the garden and later to curl up on the sofa. Very enjoyable stay. Fresh flowers in the rooms were beautiful.

  • Friday, 16th of October, 2015, Roddy:

    Excellent cottage, back garden ideal to relax in both day and night. Great walks form the cottage with our 2 dogs.

  • Monday, 12th of October, 2015, Dave:

    Superb cosy cottage. Lovely welcome when you arrive, couldn’t fault a thing. 10 out of 10. Attention to detail and the welcome basket – a lovely touch.

  • Friday, 2nd of October, 2015, Robin:

    There is nowhere more relaxing! Wonderful cottage.

  • Friday, 25th of September, 2015, Emma:

    The cottage is absolutely stunning and we were made to feel very welcome. The little things like milk in the fridge and some cooking supplies meant we could settle in quickly. The location is beautiful and we will definitely be back!

  • Sunday, 20th of September, 2015, Cherry:

    Definitely the best cottage we have ever stayed in! So many delightful details in the refurbishment and everything you could possibly need in the kitchen! Cosy, comfy beds a lovely study to relax in white the sun pours in through the open doors. The dogs gave it a paws up too!!

  • Sunday, 30th of August, 2015, Colette:

    It is a beautiful cosy cottage and we really appreciated the extra touches with the welcome basket.

  • Monday, 24th of August, 2015, Carole:

    A beautiful and newly refurbished cottage. If you are looking for sleek & modern this is not for you. If you are looking for quaint and quirky in a quiet part of Suffolk haven – this is definitely for you!!

  • Wednesday, 30th of November, -0001, 2017-03-10:

    A delightful cottage with lots of space and different areas to enjoy. Sara and Kevin have thought of everything with lots of home comforts. Would love to visit again in the Summer months so we could enjoy the garden. Great walks straight from the cottage for our dog Harvey. Would definatelt recommend Malt Cottage to our friends and family & hope to return soon. It has been a lovely break with peace & quiet and has given us a chance to re-charge our batteries. Thanks to our lovely daughter who made this possible by buying us a gift voucher for Christmas to pay for it.

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