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“A marvellous hideaway, great for visitors!”
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The approach to Souters and Gribbles. Souters bathed in sunlight is also surrounded by woodland.
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The approach to Souters and Gribbles.
Souters bathed in sunlight is also surrounded by woodland.
Gribbles nestles in a corner of Souters garden.
The terrace, complete with wood fired pizza oven is perfect for al fresco eating.
Souters has a well equipped kitchen.
Souters living space has a cool and airy feel during the summer.
During the colder months the wood burner makes for cosy evenings.
The bedroom window looks out onto a bank of wild flowers.
Souters has a very comfortable bedroom.
The power shower with loads of hot water.
Gribbles is about 20m from Souters, tucked into a corner of the garden.
Gribbles has a full size double bed with a pull out truckle bed beneath.
Gribbles has en suite facilities with floor heating, WC, basin, large shower and heated towel rail.
Foxgloves in the woodland round Souters garden
Bluebells in Souters woodland
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Ipswich, Suffolk, East Anglia, England

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A marvellous hideaway, great for visitors!”
Reviewed 6 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015

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 restored by Nick, the owner, and has pretty much everything one could need, including an EXCELLENT shower, wood-burner, a VERY comfy bed, outdoor patio and forthcoming pizza oven, etc etc. Plus, Grtibbles is superb. It's a wonderful little trailer/cabin thing that sleeps two. It doesn't come with Souters, but only people in Souters can use it. I rented it for the night when my partner and I had friends come to visit us for the evening. The property is peaceful, close to loads of great sight-seeing (including Lavenham and the seaside), and remote, but with all the amenities one could possibly need very close to hand. I have stayed at many, many cottages, and SOuters is one of the best.

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Liked best: The delightful interior of the main room.
Liked least: Doing the washing-up.
Travelling group: Other
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Paul M
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“A wonderful place in a beautiful setting... Perfect”
Reviewed 20 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

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 very welcome and have created a wonderful little place to find just that. We loved it. The area is fantastic, you can walk to the pub or the river which is a stones throw from your door. We will be back and its gonna become a favourite of ours in no time.

Perfect.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Rachael M
Ipswich, United Kingdom
1 review
“A magical home from home! :)”
Reviewed 10 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

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 course a beautiful layout, but the cake, milk and homemade candles were top notch!
My partner and I had a fantastic weekend at Souters! Nick and Cath were so welcoming and kind, providing lots of information and friendly chat! The area and surrounding villages are beautiful, we enjoyed long walks and nearby Dedham had the lovliest pubs with great beer and friendly people! :)
Cannot wait to return in the summer to really make the most of the outdoor space! :) x

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Liked best: How cosy and comforting it was and being in the woods!
Liked least: only staying 2 nights - we wanted to stay longer!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Dee J
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“A hidden gem in the woods”
Reviewed 9 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

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 or family chaos. The lodge has all the home comforts you could ever want and a scrumptious cake made by the hosts to greet you. Plenty of places to eat out if you chose or stay in for a romantic meal and watch the sun go down. Leave the kids with gran but take the dog for a rest too he could probably do with it and is much less demanding!

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Liked best: the cake
Liked least: feather pillows/duvet
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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jenbis
1 review
“A lovely place to stay, there was not one thing wrong with the stay.”
Reviewed 28 January 2015 for a stay in January 2015

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.

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London
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“A wonderful property and great location”
Reviewed 5 January 2015 for a stay in January 2015

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 finished to a very high standard including the underfloor heating and log burning stove which we always look for in a winter property hire.The surrounding area was very beautiful and we went for many walks.The cottage is also very close to local villages where you will find a great selection of gastro pubs. The choice was endless!
We're already planning our second trip and are looking forward to renting out the shepherds hut next time too! We had a look around the hut and Nick has created a great living space. The hut even has its own toilet and shower room! We would highly recommend staying at Souters!

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Liked best: The privacy of the cottage and high interior spec
Liked least: The double bed was a bit small for us but it would't put us off a return visit
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Toni c
1 review
“Beautiful accommodation in idyllic location, fully recommend!”
Reviewed 23 December 2014 for a stay in December 2014

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 and charm really makes it feel special. The grounds around the cottage are perfect for families and four legged guests, there is a formal paved area, somewhere to eat al fresco and a big grassed area to run around. On a lazy day you wouldn't even need to venture out to have a great time! But if you do... wow! The area is full of beautiful landscapes and quaint rural villages that are the perfect settings for walking and exploring. Flatford is lovely and very dog friendly, the Dedham to Flatford walk long the River Stour is a must and nearby Colchester is great for history fans (check out highwood country park and castle park too).
I cant recommend Souters highly enough, now we have found it we will definitely be back.

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Liked best: The character and attention to detail of the barn
Liked least: Im not a huge fan of feather duvets and pillows but that is just me. My husband loved them and found it hard to get up!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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