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Souters Barn and Gribbles Shepherds Hut

Certificate of Excellence 2014

from £54 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:

Excellent 5/5 Score from 78 reviews

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Souters in May, mid morning sunshine

Barn / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 6

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Barn / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Proud to have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence 2014

Souters consists of a converted barn and luxurious shepherds hut (named Gribbles) on a track leading to the owner's small farm. It provides an exceptional, secluded and very comfortable place to stay. Souters has one double bedroom and a sofa bed. The private garden is surrounded by woods teeming with wildlife and provides a peaceful place to relax.

Gribbles is tucked away in a corner of the garden and provides the second bedroom. It has a full size double bed and single truckle bed, en suite shower and toilet with under floor heating and heated towel rail. The sleeping area is also heated, combined with a high level of insulation Gribbles is usable all year round. All finished to a high standard and connected to the main services.

We are in the heart of Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley. There are very good restaurants and bistro pubs in the locality and an award winning farm shop in the next village. Souters is a good base from which to explore the countryside and other East Anglian delights, being just 5 minutes drive from the A12 midway between Ipswich and Colchester. The historic market town of Hadleigh is 5 miles away with buildings of interest and an individual high street with varied shopping opportunities.

Ideal for a quiet break to enjoy the surrounding Constable countryside by foot or bicycle. Dedham is an attraction for artists and is just 2 miles away with art gallery and shop, Munnings museum and tea houses.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Check in time: 16:00
Check out time: 10:00
Nearest beach Frinton on Sea 30 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2.5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Stanstead 80 km, Nearest railway: Manningtree 10 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Single beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The interior of Souters is on one level.

Comfortable, light filled and spacious accommodation with underfloor heating.

Gas oven and hob

Free wi-fi

Wood burner, a basket of logs is supplied

Further details outdoors

Private garden which is surrounded by woods and unfenced.

There are sloping paths and steps from parking area and around barn.

Patio with seating and table

Off road car parking


Chimenea, fuel can be bought from the hosts.

Bicycle hire is available, contact the owner for details.

Further details

One well behaved dog would be welcome subject to additional cleaning charge and agreement that they not be allowed on furniture, in the bedroom, shower room or left alone in the building.

Smoking allowed outside.

Friday is the preferred change over day for weekly lets.

The East Anglia region

Souters is within the beautiful Dedham Vale and Stour Valley - real Constable Country. There are many events in all seasons organised by the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project including guided evening summer walks and varied talks about the local history, fauna and flora.

East Anglia is one of the driest regions of the country. Beth Chatto gardens, cafe and shop are an easy drive away and provide inspiring ideas on how to cope with drought-like conditions in the garden.

Higham Point to Point course is a short stroll from the property for winter weekend entertainment; the Marks Tey course is about 10 miles away.

Most country pursuits are available in the area.

There are many beautiful historic towns to visit including Hadleigh, Lavenham, Sudbury, Colchester and Ipswich.


Ipswich is a lively town for the arts with three theatres, lots of museums, shopping for those interested and a variety of good places to eat. Colchester also has a thriving Arts scene including theatres and galleries. Both towns have food and arts based festivals throughout the year.

There are many good farm shops in the area selling local produce and a growing number of micro breweries and vineyards.

The Suffolk coast, including Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh and Southwold are within easy reach for a day out.

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28 Mar 2015


"lovely place for piece and quiet"

We had a smashing few days at this little cottage.If you wanted days out there is plenty to do in the area plenty of little towns to visit and places of interest.We had a great time and would like to … More

6 Mar 2015


"A marvellous hideaway, great for visitors!"

Souters (and it's little sub-property, Gribbles) are simply a marvellous forest hideaway set in beautiful south Suffolk. The property - a very old horse barn - has been carefully and lovingly res… More

20 Feb 2015


"A wonderful place in a beautiful setting... Perfect"

We had the pleasure of staying in Souters on Valentines weekend. Apart from wanting to get away and have some time together we were in need of a bit of peace and quiet and Nick and Cath made us feel v… More

10 Feb 2015


"A magical home from home! :)"

The most wonderful, quaint living space. After a long week at work we couldn't have asked for more! All the 'little things' that this Family provide really do make it extra special, of … More

9 Feb 2015


"A hidden gem in the woods"

Fab-u-lous a beautiful lodge in the woods. Peaceful and tranquil a true lovers hideaway for the young or mature couple still young at heart. Perfect for a retreat from the hustle and bustle of work o… More

28 Jan 2015


"A lovely place to stay, there was not one thing wrong with the stay."

We had a great time, just what we needed the place was so clean and had a great feel to it. We viewed the area then come back and put the fire on and just chilled. We would return at any time.… More

5 Jan 2015


"A wonderful property and great location"

My husband and I stayed at Souters for New Year and some much needed relaxation.We were delighted with all that Souters had to offer us and Nick and Cath the owners were very welcoming.The cottage is … More

23 Dec 2014


"Beautiful accommodation in idyllic location, fully recommend!"

My Husband, my pooch and I stayed here for a long weekend just before Christmas, what a place to get you in the Christmas spirit!The barn is beautifully restored and decorated, the rustic character an… More

27 Nov 2014



Booked this for myself and my partner for a couple of peaceful days away, it was absolutely perfect in every way, the owners nick and cath are very friendly and helpful and Cath's homemade scones… More

5 Nov 2014


"A cosy home from home"

Had an excellent two night stay at souters. Owner is so welcoming and the cottage is extremely well equipped. It is located in a quiet spot however the a12 is within easy reach. With the weather being… More

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      • 3 Years listed

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      Calendar last updated:02 May 2015

      Based in United Kingdom

      Languages spoken
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