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Stylish barn conversion and bespoke Shepherds Hut

Certificate of Excellence 2014


Excellent 5/5 Score from 63 reviews

Souters in May, mid morning sunshine

Barn | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

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 5, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Frinton on Sea 30 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
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, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
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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Review 1-10 of 63

2 Sep 2014


"A bit of rural luxury"

I recently stayed in Gribbles [the shepherd's hut ] while my uncle and his wife were staying in Souters. The hut is a high standard interpretation of a shepherd's hut,with all the convenienc… More

27 Aug 2014


"Relaxing, as always"

We stayed for 3 nights, very comfortable. The position of Souters within the trees is particularly relaxing. Cath and Nick are very welcoming. The kitchen area is very adequate for food preparation a… More

25 Aug 2014


"Well-equipped, peaceful and great value for money!"

A very relaxing week in August 2014. Ideal for couples. Ate at the Crown at Stoke by Nayland and the Boathouse in Dedham. Lots of excellent farm shops nearby. Souters situation makes it easy to ge… More

11 Aug 2014


"Another wonderful stay"

This was our second visit to Souters after an enjoyable trip last year. Again it was a lovely few days, the cottage is in a lovely, secluded area & we were lucky with the weather to be able to sit on … More

3 Aug 2014


"Great holiday location!"

We had a lovely week at Souters in July 2014, and Nick has done a great job with the conversion. The cottage was clean and well equipped, and we loved all the little touches such as the fresh flowers,… More

1 Aug 2014


"Fairytale setting"

Another fabulous stay with my family at Souters,was made to feel at home straight away by Nick and Cath the owners with home made cake and flowers and milk in the fridge,fantastic setting in the woodl… More

20 Jul 2014


"As good as it gets"

We have rented a number of holiday cottages over the years, most of them very good but Souters now tops the charts. Stylishly furnished ,well equipped, delightful setting , helpful host -in fact, imp… More

9 Jul 2014


"Excellent value for money"

Souters is a well equipped cottage providing everything you need for a short break, the location is private and makes for a relaxing stay. We took our dog with us and he enjoyed the surrounding countr… More

8 Jul 2014


"The perfect place to relax in comfort."

My husband and I were looking for somewhere to take some time out. Our first impression of Souters did not disappoint. The barn conversation is set in it's own garden, there is a lovely patio ar… More

8 Jul 2014


"A great place to "get away from it all" yet easy to get to."

It's a lovely cottage in a beautiful location. We came for a cycling break and there are perfect little lanes straight from the door. Nice villages and scenery to enjoy on the way. Cottage is wel… More

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