The Stables

5 Star rating

Cottage Details

Cottage: The Stables
Location of the cottage: Great Maplestead
Number of bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
Children / Babies: No,
Arrival days (changeover): Monday, Friday
Pets: 2 (small to medium sized dogs please)
Mark Scott

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. 

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

Description

The Stabes is a 17th Century, Grade II listed farm building and has recently been very sympathetically restored with many original features and exposed beams. 


Cottage Walk Through

  • The cosy cottage has an open plan living area with a cosy woodburner and a big, comfy sofa and armchair to relax into.
     
  • Up a couple of stairs is the balcony kitchen and eating area with a lovely view of one of the finest remaining examples of a Grade II listed, brick and flint barn in Essex - it's impressive and really quite beautiful.
     
  • A very nice view from the kitchen window across the attractive courtyard. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you would need to whip up a feast and there is also a BBQ for those long, relaxing summer evenings.
     
  • 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 self catering cottage has it’s own garden with fruit trees and you can sit and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this enchanting cottage. The lane outside is tiny and very quiet and the property is opposite fields and open farmland. 
     
  • This is a really cosy and comfortable place to relax, unwind and enjoy the peace and quiet. It's close by some great visitor attractions, some interesting towns and villages and offers a perfect mix of countryside and culture.
     

The Location

  • The Stables is near the village of Great Maplestead in some delightful countryside on the Suffolk/Essex border.
     
  • Step out of the cottage and you are in a rural haven 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.
     
  • Castle Hedingham is just a few miles away with its Norman keep that 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. 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, with Gainsborough's House, The Quay Theatre lovely water meadows, is also just a few miles away and in the other direction, Finchingfield and Saffron Walden are close by, so there is lots to see in the nearby area -  if you can drag youself away from the tranquility of The Stables, that is!
     
  • 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.

 

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 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 and vinegar, salt and 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 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 maintenence.  

Baby: Cot and high chair provided in cottages accepting babies (please bring baby's 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.
 

Treats

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

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

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Public Transport

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, 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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