Features

We believe we have made Souters and Gribbles welcoming and comfortable. The personal service, homely details, lovely features inside and out and the secluded location all go to make this a very special place to stay. We love adding new features, be they small touches or big garden projects, they all add to the uniqueness of Souters.

The restoration of Souters was completed in 2012 with most of the work being done by Nick. He also designed and built Gribbles shepherds hut which was completed in 2014 and forms the second bedroom.
Souters on its own is ideal for couples but a third person could be accommodated if they wish to use the sofa bed. Souters has a large sitting room with a high vaulted ceiling, a well equipped open plan kitchen, separate double bedroom and a shower room with power shower. It is all on one level and so suitable for less mobile guests, although there are sloping paths and steps from the parking area to the front door. There are two terraces so that you can enjoy the sun whatever the time of day. For the colder months, the property benefits from under floor heating. There is also a stylish modern wood burner which provides special warmth to a winter evening. A basket of logs and kindling is supplied, more fuel can be bought from Nick and Cath.

Gribbles is a luxury shepherds hut; it has a full sized double bed, it is connected to the mains services, has LED lighting throughout, an en suite with a large shower tray and mains pressure hot water, WC, wash hand basin and heated towel rail. The shower room also benefits from under floor heating. The rest of Gribbles has thermostatically controlled electric heating, double glazed windows and doors and a high level of insulation making it suitable for use all year round. There are storage areas for clothes and facilities to make hot drinks. Wooden steps lead up to the entrance.Gribbles is suitable for all ages and great fun for youngsters but not really suitable for unsupervised children less than 12 years of age.    

If Souters only is being rented it is possible to rent Gribbles for a couple of nights if friends or relatives would like to visit. Please contact us for details.

Another important feature is our personal service. From the initial enquiry right through to your arrival we can always be contacted and we are happy to answer any queries or provide more information. If you have any special requirements we will do our best to accommodate them. On arrival at Souters you will be greeted by either one of us, given a rundown of essentials and then left to enjoy your stay in private. However we can always be contacted if needed. Fresh flowers on the table, milk in the fridge and one of Cath's delicious homemade cakes, or scones and jam await every guest.

Kitchen

LP gas cooker with grill, oven and four burners
Dishes, metal trays and ample utensils
Extractor hood
Dishwasher
Fridge with a small freezer compartment
Microwave
Toaster
Kettle

Living

Dining table and chairs for six
Relaxed seating for six
Sofabed
Wood burner
Flat screen tv and DVD player
Small DVD collection
Freeview television
Free Wifi and broadband
Books, cards and games
Maps and guides
Table top ironing board and iron
Vacuum cleaner
Piano

Shower Room

Power shower
WC
Wash hand basin
Heated towel rail

Bedroom

Double bed
Fitted wardrobe
Hair dryer
Bed linen and towels provided

Lockable Plant room/storage

Washing machine
Suspended clothes dryer
Charcoal storage
Sun lounger storage
Secure bicycle storage

Outside
Rotary clothes dryer
Barbeque
Log fired Pizza oven
Table, parasol and chairs on terrace
Parking for up to 3 cars, more by arrangement
Large informal garden

Gribbles

Full sized double bed,
Hanging space for clothes
Shelves for storage,
Small fold down table, and 1 chair
Armchair
Books
Kettle and tea-making facilities
En suite mains pressure large shower
WC and Wash hand basin
Bistro table and chairs outside

The interior of Souters is on one level. However, there are sloping paths and steps from the parking area and around the cottage and terrace. The private garden is surrounded by woods but is unfenced and so young children and dogs would need to be supervised. There is a barbecue, pizza oven and a seating area on the terrace. One basket of logs is supplied for use either in the woodburner or pizza oven; further fuel for sale can be found in the log store with firelighters, kindling and crates of logs with a price list and honesty box.

Well behaved dogs and their responsible owners are very welcome (2 dogs maximum). There is an additional charge, please enquire for details. An adjacent fenced field is accessible and suitable for letting dogs run loose.


We love living here and sharing this special place with others. We hope you choose to visit.

Guest Book

We ask visitors to leave an entry in the guest book in their native language. We also encourage Trip Advisor reviews and really appreciate the feedback.

July 2018

We had a fantastic week, really enjoyed ourselves.  Thank you so much for the carrot cake, milk, eggs and flowers on arrival.  A nice welcome.  The cottage is a good starting point for exploring the area with walks.  For visitors after us Sutton Hoo from National Trust is nice.  When you love Pick Your Own fruit go to McLauchlans fruit farm in Boxted and The Sun in Stratford St Mary is a real nice pub.  When you walk to Dedham there is Tiptree tearoom.  There was more on our wishlist to explore so we really like to come back here.
~ Anja and Wil, with Molly, The Netherlands

July 2018

I have had a wonderful few days staying in Souters.  Nick and Cath have been the perfect hosts and the accommodation fantastic.  It has felt more like a home than a holiday let with incredible attention to detail and thoughtful touches.  Feel very lucky to have been able to have a holiday in such an idyllic setting.  Looking forward to visiting again sometime in the future.  Thank you Nick and Cath.
~ Angie, Forest of Dean

July 2018

We have had a lovely stay at Souters Holiday Cottage.  Lovely location and lots of fab dog walks.  Thank you for the beautiful cake, it was amazing.  Would highly recommend to family and friends. Hope to return soon.
~ Marco, Roxanne and Marnie 

June 2018

Another wonderful holiday, we hope to come again soon.  The beautiful cake, eggs and extras are much appreciated.  Thank you for the hot weather and the local wildlife.  A real treat.
~ Jean, Mike and Vicky & dogs 

June 2018

Lovely warm welcome from Cath.  Everything you could want in a holiday.  Great location, lovely barn conversion, enjoyed this holiday so much we have booked again for next year.  Thanks for the lovely cake and goodies, see you next year. P.S.  Highly recommend Cath's jams and chutney.
~ Bob and Arlene and Chappie (Westie), Norfolk 

June 2018

A warm welcome, fresh eggs, cake and the peaceful valley made for a wonderful break.  Thank you so much!  We hope to come again.
~ Rich, Ruth and Daniel

May/June 2018

We had a loveley time staying at Gribbles shepherds hut it was very cozy the cake was deliciouse we ate it all.  Buetifel seroundings we hope to be back soon.  Kind regards.
~ Chloe and Dominic L.

Wonderful setting, comfortable house and lots of interesting things to do in the neighbourhood.  We were warmly welcomed, which makes all the difference!
~ Liz and Milton L.

May 2018

Een week was Souters voer ens: Home Sweet Home!  Random natuur, rust, nuimte en cultuur, we heibben genoten.
~ Tim and Ceesjan, Holland

May 2018

Thank you for a relaxing week at Souters and for the delicious cake and lovely flowers.  The walk from Flatford Mill to Dedham and back on a sunny May day was enjoyed by all.  I particularly enjoyed my day at Beth Chatto's, particularly poignant in the week of her death; RIP.  Hope to be back soon.
~Malc and Sue, Sally & Penny

May 2018

Yet another fabulous week in this beautiful cottage, Nick and Cath are fabulous hosts.  Hope to be back soon.
~ Gill and Terry, Ripley and Hicks

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Christmas 2017

Thank you for letting us spend Xmas 2017 in your home!  We wish you a Happy New Year.
~ Keith and Sally, Frinton on Sea

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December 2017

A lovely relaxing weekend.  A great cottage, comfortable, warm and welcoming.
~ Sue and David, Bonnie and Sarah and Stu, Norfolk 

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November 2017

A wonderful hideaway. Everything was perfect and our daughter was delighted with the shepherds hut. Thank you.
~ Chris and Gerry, Dorset.

November 2017

The most wonderful, peaceful relaxing weekend. What a cosy and welcoming cottage you have. Delicious cake and eggs - thank you!
~ Kate, Izz, Tor, Amy, London.

November 2017

A lovely relaxing weekend. A great cottage, comfortable, warm and welcoming.
~ Sue and Dave, and Bonnie. Sarah and Stu, Norfolk.

October 2017

My third time back with Stanley, and this time we brought my partner and sis.  Simply perfect, everything you could possibly want and need for a relaxing break.  Thank you so much! (p.s. The vegan cake was amazing, thank you for remembering!).
~ Lisa, Ben, Tracy and Stanley dog, Essex

October 2017

We had a lovely, restful couple of nights. Beautiful spot and really comfortable accommodaton.  Gutted the weather wasn't quite up to the pizza oven!  Thanks so much.
~ Marcus, Felicity and Margot

October 2017

We had a lovely, restful couple of nights. Beautiful spot and really comfortable accommodaton.  Gutted the weather wasn't quite up to the pizza oven!  Thanks so much.
~ Marcus, Felicity and Margot

September 2017

We had a wonderful time.  The cake was first class, the extras were most welcome.  The woods are a big draw, it is so good to be able to have access to them. Thank you.
Jean, Mike and Vicky, Baxter and Ruby,  Norfolk

September 2017

Perfect holiday home in beautiful area, there was everything we needed for a relaxing holiday.  Thank you so much Cath for the delicious cake and pretty flowers.
~ Karen, Malcolm and Daisy (the dog)  Brighton

September 2017

Home from home, felt immediately right, cosy,warm, dog friendly.  Every home comfort you need and utensils galore!!  Pizza oven tested out but no need for log burner, was tempted but the underfloor heating is brilliant.  Nick and Cath lovely, helpful, thoughtful hosts; tea, coffee, milk and cake all here on arrival.  Plenty to do.  Dogs felt right at home too, loved chasing frisby in field and slept like babies.  We will be back !!
Paula and Alan

September 2017

Perfectly secluded place for complete privacy and peace and quiet.  Garden delightful as is the large field for dog-running.  Inside has everything you'll need for your stay.  We'll be back.
~ Sharon, Mark and Casper (the dog)  Kent

September 2017

Fantastic base to explore the East coast and beyond.  Shame we only had a quick weekend but will most certainly be back in the future.  The Sun (Dedham) was welcoming and Colchester was a very quirky city.  But the best part was the cake!  We are cake lovers!!
~ Tracy, Lester, Alfie

August 2017

The most perfect of localities for a quiet, relaxing break from the hubbub of London life.  Lovely countryside, 20 mins walk to The Swan in Stratford St Mary and plenty of other walks not far away.  Cake was enjoyed by all for my birthday lunch.
~ Judi, Fred and Hound

August 2017

Many thanks to Nick and Cath for providing a great place with everything required for us to relax and enjoy a very quiet and peaceful holiday.  Enjoyed firing up the pizza oven a couple of times and cooked some loaves of bread in it.  Frinton was a good place to go with free parking along the front and fabulous beaches, some dog friendly, also plenty of charity shops in the town. Souters is a great place for peaceful relaxation and to use as a base for great walks with a short drive to the coast.  Also a big thank you for the lemon cake, it was lovely.
Pat, Colin and Rudi, Yorkshire

August 2017

Thank you for a lovely week.  It was like home from home.  We have had a really relaxing break.  The flowers, eggs and delicious cake a ll went down really well.  We may come back again next year.
~ Sheila and Billy, Dawn and Jon, Nottinghamshire

August 2017

Wow - fantastic holiday.  Our girls loved the shepherds hut, our dogs adored the garden and woods, we loved the peacefulness, the scenery, the pizza oven, the wonderful feel about it here.  Thank you for the beautiful and delicious cake on arrival. Highly recommend Souters and hope to return.
~ Jacqui, Robert, Katie, Amy and Bella & Chico, Benfleet.

July 2017

We've had a wonderful week!  Souters is our new favourite place!  We feel totally relaxed and de-stressed.  THANK YOU for the friendly welcome, the lovely personal touches which makes Souters feel like home and for all the thoughtfulness that has gone into making Souters a very special place.  We'll be back in 2018!
~ Julie and Martin with Baxter, Leicestershire

July 2017

Great place that has been restored to a high standard with all the comforts of home.  Lovely quiet surroundings with easy access to the local villages; enjoyed cycling locally and around Sudbury; eating at The Crown, Stoke by Nayland and The Sun Inn, Dedham - both great food! Will come again to explore more.
~ Matt and Ann, Edinburgh

July 2017

Thank you for a lovely stay in your lovely accommodation, Ashleigh loved Gribble shepherds hut and Souters is gorgeous too, very clean with everything we needed for a comfortable stay.  Also a lovely friendly welcome with fresh flowers and homemade cake (delicious!) . . . lovely touch.  Thank you very much.
~ Phillip, Lisa, Ashleigh; Ruby and Lola. Tyne and Wear

July 2017

This is a great place to rest and revive yourself.  Made us and the dogs feel welcome and the cake was wonderful.  This place is good for the soul.  Thank you Cath and Nick
~ Gillian and Terry, Ripley and Hicks

July 2017

A peaceful weekend in a lovely location.  Wonderful accommodation - appreciated the attention to detail and the lovely cake and flowers.  Hope to return.
~ Sue and Terry

June 2017

Thank you for the warm welcome and nice talks we had.  We really enjoyed staying at Souters!  Hadleigh is a nice town to shop, especially the charity shops which have good books for a small price.  Another nice visit is Kersey, small but beautiful.  Do go to Stonham Barns at the Owl Sanctuary, it is lovely!  There is so much more to see and discover, one week is not enough . . . We have to come back again.  Thanks Nick and Cath.
~ Kees and Manon, Holland

June 2017

Wonderful stay on what seemed to be the hottest weekend of the year.  Enjoyed our walk to Flatford from Dedham and a morning in old Felixstowe and Felixstowe Ferry where the sea breeze saved us from melting.  Would love to come and do more when it cools down.  Thank you for the eggs and the cake.
~ Paul and Robert, Holly and Dylan, Towcester

June 2017

We've had a wonderful stay here in tranquil Souters.  Thank you for creating a perfect haven from the noise of city life!  We've loved our stay and would like to come back one day.
~ Abigail and Jeremy, Portsmouth

June 2017

Dear Cath and Nick, Thank you for having us at Souters.  The area is really enchanting.  We'll be back one day!
~ Ro and Tom, London

June 2017

Thank you for our stay in Souters - quite the most enchanting, tranquil and delightful place we have stayed in.  The area around here is beautiful - we have all loved it!  Thank you for our warm welcome too - we look forward to returning!
Grant and Debs, with Bina and Sunja

May 2017

A very pleasant stay.  An excellent spot to just chill and relax, and a good base to tour the local countryside.  The accommodation was very comfortable with good facilities - and we both enjoyed the cake!  Hope to return, thank you very much.
~ Phil and Michelle, Derbyshire

May 2017

Thank you Nick and Cath for a wonderful week in this most beautiful part of the world.  The little extra touches and your cheerful hospitality made for a very special stay.
~ Dianne and John, South Australia

April 2017

Too short a stay unfortunately, would have loved to enjoy this place a while longer.  Will certainly try to return though, a lovely place to visit.
~ Richard, Kirsten and Rocket

April 2017

Thank you for your generous hospitality in leaving so much for us to use, including the delicious cake.  The surroundings of your home are beautiful and we have enjoyed staying in this comfortable holiday home.
~  Caroline, Michael and Cally the lurcher

April 2017

Thank you Nick and Cath for such a lovely stay.  Souters barn is a beautiful and relaxing place to stay.  See you again next year.
~ Kevan, Kerry and Percy

April 2017

Thank you so much for a superb break in Suffolk.  The time you gave to Freddie meant such a lot - thank you.  We would love to return for; cake, fires, peace and a perfect holiday home. Thank you! (Amazing cake too!)
~ Simon, Jennie, Mollie and Freddie,  Oxford

April 2017

Wonderful warm welcome on arrival from Cath.  Fresh flowers and yummy cake - perfect.  Needed time out from the real world to relax and unwind, couldn't have found a more idyllic cottage.  Looking forward to coming back again soon.  Thank you.  Cath and Nick, perfect hosts, perfect setting, perfect cottage.
~ Steve, Caroline and Tilly.

March 2017

Perfect - thank you. Walks great; great cake.
~ Jane and Glenn, (Charley and Martha) Norfolk

March 2017

Thank you for the lovely welcome and the nice cut flowers and delicious cake.  The cottage is so peaceful and cosy - we absolutely loved it and yes, we did see some badgers!  We can highly recommend The Sun Inn in Dedham and The Swan in Stratford St Mary for both great food and a warm welcome to dogs.  A wonderful stay - thank you.
~ Darryl and Jenny (and Jasper) Lancs

March 2017

Thank you, what a little gem you have here, so peaceful and tranquil.  Everything has been thought of for comfort, the fire was a lovely end to the evening, I would love to revisit.  Thank you for being so understanding as well; it meant a lot.  Good luck and carry on with the good work.  Hope to return very soon with my husband and dogs.
~ Amanda, Norfolk

March 2017

Another stay here at Souters.  Perfect in every way yet again.  Nick and Cath are the perfect hosts.  See you again soon.
~ Helen and Mandy

March 2017

Beautiful and secluded Souters - I can see how this location inspired artists.  Watching robins fight their turf wars in the woods above, while the daffodils nodded their gossip to one another along the bank, all before even getting out of bed was luxury.  The cottage really does have everything I could imagine needing or wanting. Airy, bright but also warm and inviting.  I feel like I've been in a different world; a perfect destination for a break.  Thank you.
~ Nancy and Gary Jones

February 2017

Beautiful cottage, beautiful location.  Pretty much everything you could need.  The pizza oven is much fun, although we did more potatoes in it than pizza.   So relaxing, never eaten or slept so much in my life.  Was made very welcome, was even given some fresh laid eggs, which made a lovely breakfast the following morning.  Would be very happy to stay here again.  Would also like to say thank you for the lovely cake and fresh flowers on our arrival.  Gribbles shepherds hut again beautiful little place, makes for a fantastic extra bedroom and quiet space away from the main house.
~ Vike and Hannah, Norfolk

February 2017

Enjoyed our stay. Lovely welcome note and cake.  Very clean and comfortable.
~ Robin and Janey

January 2017

Thank you for a wonderful stay - we all enjoyed it, especially the woodland walk.
~ Kirsti and Sat, Cornwall

December 2016/January 2017

Another amazing New Years stay!  Lovely to escape the real world for a few days - leaving feeling refreshed.  Again we will say ... Use the pizza oven, even in winter.  We love it!  See you both again soon.  P.S. Our friends friends who stayed over New Years Eve in the shepherds hut thought it was wonderful.
~ Darren and Keyleigh, Cambs

December 2016

Excellent accommodation.  Had a wonderful Christmas in this cosy, warm and well thought out barn conversion.  Lovely walks and good pubs very near who made our dog very welcome.  Thank you for the cake and biscuits - both excellent!
~ Rui and Elaine plus Herbie the dog,  East Sussex

November 2016

A great stay in such a beautiful homely cottage!  Lovely surroundings which we all enjoyed, especially Gus and his nose!  Thanks again.
~ Wesley, Emma and Gus, Southend

November 2016

Had a lovely weekend, away from it all and re-energised.  Great walking with the dog and so many dog friendly places within a short distance.  Wonderful cottage, great hosts, thanks for the cake and flowers; nice touches. Loved the woodburner.
~ Lee, Lisa and Toby (dog)

November 2016

We had a wonderful stay. Could stay here forever!  The cake was delicious and the pizza oven a treat.  Felt very comfortable here.  We'll certainly be back!
~ Joanne and Richard

November 2016

Absolutely fabulous!  One of the best places we have stayed.  A very warm welcome to a very warm, comfortable and well equipped holiday home.  Nick and Cath are great hosts.  Can't wait to return in March 2017!  Thank you for a lovely break.
~ Helen, Steve, Nessa and Smithy

October 2016

Thank you; just what we wanted and needed.  Max loved it too.  See you again.
~ Rob and Kathryn, York

October 2016

Thank you for a lovely week in your beautifully done, peaceful "home from home".  Flowers and cake, such a treat!  Loved the woodburner as the evenings drew in.  And we saw a badger, as well as the squirrels and birds.
~ Sandra and Krys, Bicester, Oxon.

September 2016

It has been a wonderful week, beautiful walks and a cosy cottage to return to.  Facilities in the cottage are second to none. A total relaxing time.  Thank you for the cake, yummy!
~ David and Gina, Southend on Sea

September 2016

A fantastic base to explore the surrounding area.  The cottage is fantastic and felt very homely for us all.  It has been very peaceful and relaxing (our first holiday with a baby).  We loved the pizza oven and the cake on arrival.
~ Richard, Sara, Sebby and Patrick (the dog),  Oulton Broad

August/September 2016

Souters was a delight and we felt fortunate to have found such good accommodation which was well equipped and furnished.  Nick and Cath were supportive hosts and we thank them for the tasty cake and information on the area.  Thanks to the pizza oven, we are now converts to home made pizza.
~ Joan, Peter and Mac (the Westie), North Yorkshire

August 2016

Relaxing week, in a beautiful setting.  Cottage was a delight, as is the shepherd hut, which our granddaughter stayed in; she loved it!  Cake was lovely, enjoyed by all.  Thank you.
~ Yvette, Alan, Chloe and Yanto (d0g) Dover, Kent

August 2016

Waht a beautiful house in a wonderful place!  Our children loved that they had their own little house: Gribbles shepherd hut. Felt like a second home.
~ Hans, Marieke, Nora and Rhea, The Nehterlands

August 2016

This will be my second year here and second time it doesn't disappoint.  I love it here.  The barn is super and lovely and quiet.  Super.
~ Rachel and Sparkle, Scotland

July/August 2016

What a great barn.  Very relaxing, dog loved it too.  A very good set up.  Also thank you for thte cake, it was wonderful.  Excellent.
~ Richard and Linda and Baxter (woof), Leicestershire

July 2016

Tucked away in beautiful ENGLISH countryside.  We love it here everytime we visit.  Special place.  Kia Ora.
~ The Prince-Marnos, England and New Zealand

July 2016

The wonderful cottage was certainly the key to the relaxation and joy of this fine holiday.
~ Fons and Liesbeth, Netherlands.

July 2016

A perfect little hideaway, equipped with everything we could have needed.  Thank you for a peaceful and relaxing chance to catch up with our local friends and samily in such beautiful surroundings!
~ Nick, Emily and Arthur, Glasgow

June 2016

Wonderful accommodation, the cottage is amazing.  Thank you for the flowers, milk and of course the delicious lemon drizzle cake.
~ Catherine and Maisy, West Sussex

June 2016

Wonderful relaxing holiday, revisiting old haunts. Recommend Melford Hall.  Thank you for the cake, flowers and milk.
~ Sue and Jim Goggin, Kent

June 2016

What an utterly beautiful cottage you have.  Thank you for letting me and the hubby enjoy for his 46th birthday.  We made great use of the pizza oven(we will never buy pizzas again!) & Mark loved building fire!!!  (We came through a friend's recommendation)
~ Victoria and Mark, Cambridge

June 2016

Wonderful week in your comfortable roomy cottage, could not have wished for a better place to stay.  We loved it here.  Will definitely recommend the cottage to family and friends.
~ Eileen and John, Sydney, Australia

May 2016

What a beautiful cottage and surroundings, we have loved our stay here.  The peace and quiet was deafening, wonderful views from the top of the garden.  We feel restored and relaxed, thank you very much.  The little touches make the stay even more special.  What a delicious lemon cake!  We hope to be back one day.  Thank you both.
~ Pete and Judy, Middlesex

May 2016

Thank you for giving us a relaxing stay and making a lovely cake and jam.  We had a brilliant time.
~ Benjy, Agnes, Graeme, Katrin, Mary and Valasamani, London

May 2016

Wow!  Enchanting hideawayfor those who love comfort and the countryside. Bird songs constantly!
~ Ian and Karly, Singapore

April 2016

What a charming place full of character.  We enjoyed the house and garden immensely.  The shepherds hut is very cosy.  Thank you  for the lovely cake!  Hope to come back some time.
~ Wouter, Danielle, Freck and Maud, Holland

April 2016

 Our second stay at Souters and this time has been as wonderful as the first!  Everything we could have wanted and needed this cottage has delivered.  We have loved our weekend here and slept like logs.  Thank you Nick and Cath, we shall return!
~ Clare and Ray, South Humberside

April 2016

Thanks so much for a great stay. We came here for a fishing trip and will certainly be back soon.  Great cottage and setting.
~ Rich, Nick, Charlie, Russ

April 2016

Thank you for a wonderful stay, very helpful pleasant hosts, no pressure.  Lovely location, beautiful property, would love to return soon - beautiful destination for a family Christmas, New Year or celebration break.
~ Tina Symonds and family

April 2016

Thank you for a wonderful stay.  Lovely hosts and incredibly helpful.  And I had forgotten how much fun Countdown is .... it's in the cupboard. Play it!
~ Matt, Naomi, Maya and Daisy.

March 2016

Beautiful location and great accommodation - not forgetting lovely, cosy Gribbles too! Thank you for the little extras!  Very much appreciated.
~ Jas, Chris, Scarlett and Sue

February 2016

Thank you so much - I have adored my stay here - feel restored on so many levels - thank you for this idyll.
~ Clare, Norfolk

February 2016

Lovely stay in a lovely place with lovely hosts.  Souters and Gribbles are so charming and pleasing, with many delightful touches - not least the delicious cake!  Thank you ... till next time.
~ Gilly and Steve and family,  North Yorkshire

February 2016

We had an amzing stay for an amzing proce.  It was lovely to come back from a walk in the chilly, winter weather and embrace the warmth of the cabin.  It was brilliant to escape to a calm place tucked away from the world's worries and relaxc. We hope to come again soon.  Thanks for the cake, it was delicious.  A fab little break, thank you.
~ McHugh and Stringer families (and dogs)  Colchester

February 2016

Beautiful little place, all the comforts you need, loved the heated floors.  Didn't get to use the pizza oven but fantastic in better weather.  Dog loved being let off in the field, felt safe.  Thank you for the lovely scones.
~ Mark and Fee, (and Archie) Coventry

January 2016

What a great relaxing place to stay'  Lovely surroundings and people.  Lemon drizzle cake was superb.  A very warm and relaxing welcome on our arrival from Nick.  We will be back soon.
~ Daniel and Janye, Epping.

December 2015/January 2016

What a super place to end one year and see in another!  Everything we wanted and much more.  We even made use of the outdoor pizza oven mid winter .... Amazing!  We shall be back very soon,  Thanks Nick and Cath.
~ Darren and Kayleigh (Cambridgeshire)

December 2015

Thank you for an amazing stay at Souters.  A beautiful place to spend Christmas and explore the surrounding wilderness.
~ Gemma and Sam, London

December 2015

Thank you so very much for our wonderful stay.  A little gem hidden away!  Peaceful and just what we needed to relax, but surprise family and friends just before Christmas.  A perfect base and our borders loved it too. x x
~ Jenny, Carleton, Christopher and Ethan (Buddy and Tweedy the Border terriers)  From the Scottish Borders

November 2015

We have had a wonderful relaxing week.  Thank you.  Everything we  needed, Souters and Gribbles are delightful.  Our staffie loved the fields and woods.  Lemon drizzle cake was the best.
~ Maxine and Richard,  Chafford Hundred

November 2015

A lovely venue, just what we were looking for.  Thank you for the great time.
~ Richard and friends

November 2015

Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your magical cottage.  It has been everything we wished for and more!   Such kind and friendly hosts who have thought of every detail to make this a perfect retreat.  A wonderful time from start to end.  Our deepest thanks.
~ Reece and Nicola, Essex

October 2015

Lovely and peaceful. Just what we wanted and needed. Thank you.
~ Robert and Kathryn, York

October 2015

As promised, we came back! . . . . just a magical place to relax!   Thanks so much Nick and Cath.
~ Lisa and Jane (Stanley and Lottie)

October 2015

Thanks for a wonderful stay.  This place is wonderful, well set up, comfortable and a great base for exploring Suffolk country.  We will be telling our friends that this is a must stay in any visit to this area.  Nick and Cath - thank you so much.
~ Margaret and Greg, Australia

September 2015

We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you for the cake, milk and fresh flowers. Very welcoming. Great recommendations for fab food at The Angel and at The Crown (Stoke by Nayland).   Loved visiting the National Trust properties and having fish and chips at Clacton! So lovely to come back to this beautiful property to relax. Diolch yn fawr.
~ Carol and Chris, Warwickshire

September 2015

Thank you for a wonderful stay. It was perfect for us all.  We are really looking forward to the opportunity to return in the near future.
~ Ray, Nicky, Charlotte and Georgina, Shoeburyness

September 2015

Thank you for a wonderful stay. Everything just perfect.
~ Shann and Rick, Norfolk

September 2015

We have had a lovely time. Thank you.
~ Helen and Alastair, Cambridgeshire

August 2015

Our second successful visit in 2015.  The atmosphere was just as special and even the kids were better behaved! Hopefully we will be back soon in 2016.
~ Kevin, Sarah, Arhtur and Eliza,  Rotherhithe

August 2015

Lovely cottage, had a super stay enjoying the countryside. Tres bonne maison. Merci beaucoup.
~ Jo Stephens and Jean Marie Jurdic, France

August 2015

What a lovely cottage and shepherds hut!  We had a fabulously relaxing time here.  Souters is very homely and absolutely perfect for a family holiday - small, cosy and yet very spacious!  The field was perfect for our dogs to let off steam and the beautiful calm surroundings were ideal for a lazy day in the sun - exploring the forest with Lilly (2 years) and sunbathing for the grown ups. Thank you for being so welcoming and the delicious cake went down a treat! (as did the plum jam - yum) Just absolutely lovely.  Thank you!
~ Bev, Diego,Sam, Amanda, Wayne, Lilly and Robert (and the boys) , Hull

August 2015

Thank you for a wonderful stay, very relaxing.  Nick and Cath made us very welcome.   Souters is an amazing and very homely place.  It was lovely having fresh flowers and everything was/is perfect.  Many, many thanks.  We will be back.
Rachel and Sparkle (Scotland)

August 2015

A really lovely place to be!  And the weather! Much better than people make it out to be.  Thank you for your hospitality!
I loved it so much to sleep in Gribbles!
~Claudia, Stefan and Jens-Gregor, Germany

July 2015

Thank you for this pleasant staying. Arthur
Thank you. Sorry for my bad english. Augustin
We have spent a very good time in this delightful place.  Thank you for your hospitaility and your kindness.  I look forward to seeng you again, maybe in France this time. Cecile.
Thank you for a wonderful stay. Sylvie.
I'll probably come again! Thank you so much. Dominique.
~Sylvie, Cecile, Dominique, Augustin and Arthur. France.

July 2015

Such a beautiful place to stay and relax, very kind and warm hosts, who helped with all our needs and requests.  Would love to come back again when we have more time.  Thank you Nick and Cath for making us feel at home.
~ Simon, Fiona, Jake, Louie and Isaac, Norfolk

July 2015

Thank you for the warm welcome, the delicious cake, the milk etc.  What a wonderful place to stay in.  Such a superb conversion of the barn, and Gribbles is a nice and cosy retreat at the end of the day.  Definitely a relaxing cottage and hut, which will be recommended to friends; could have stayed longer, so will be back.
~ Derek, Pauline and Kay (Mum), Hampshire.

July 2015

A wonderful short break at Souters Cottage and Gribbles .....  Both just delightful and in beautiful surroundings. Stanley and Lottie (the dogs) loved their walks, as did we.  Scones, jam and strawberries on arrival.  We will definetelybe back  . . .  Thank you so much.
~ Jane and Lisa, Stanley and Lottie

June 2015

A perfect retreat to come back to and relax after hectic flat hunting in Ipswich!  Nick and Cath's welcome was special after our long, tiring journey - and Cath's lemon drizzle cake was a lovely surprise.  Really impressed with the finish and attention to both Souters and Gribbles - you really feel the love put into creating these beautiful and quirky little homes.  I loved the fresh flowers in our rooms and the kind supply of essentials - coffee, tea and dishwasher tablets!  Will definitely be back again. Thanks so much.
~ Sharon, Kevan and Andrew, Sunderland

June 2015

We have had a wonderful week, Alfred dog has been in his element chasing bunnies. Fabulous villages, fabulous walks, fabulous weather - if only we could stay longer! Thank you for allowing us to share your wonderful home, extremely jealous.
~ Gillian, Mark and Alfred dog, Manchester

June 2015

A splendid fortnight combining exploration with true relaxation in lovely surroundings and delighted to have finally heard nightingales singing! Great for dogs, lots of local walks and dog friendly pubs and Minxie enjoyed exploring "her" field. Thank you for the welcome and thoughtfully planned environment.
~ Ian, Jane and Minxie dog. Wales

May 2015

Lovely welcome with yummy cake much appreciated. Very relaxing and quiet surroundings - best of all NO streetlights.
~ Peter and Heidi, (Berks)

May 2015

A week of good weather, walking and food - what's not to like? Souters completed the picture ........ just perfect!  Can particularly recommend eating at the Hadleigh Ram and The Crown at Stoke by Nayland - but probably need to book.  The cake was lovely as were the beautiful sweet peas in our bedroom.
~ Kath, Phil and Fin

May 2015

We've had a lovely stay in this beautiful place. Fantastic trips to Flatford and Southwold (delicious ice cream on the beach). A homemade pizza, successfully cooked in the wood-fired pizza oven.  Persephone greatly enjoyed the toy trains and we were very cosy in this super comfy cottage.  A brilliant birthday treat!
~ Jon, Penny and Persephone (Bristol)

May 2015

A beautiful retreat.  Peace and quiet. Just what we both needed. A welcoming place to stay with all the home comforts - with thoughtful touches that make such a great difference. Thank you both very much.  We hope to be back again soon.
~ Tracey and Steve

May 2015

Thank you. Lovely time.
~ Nigel and Erica. Belgium

April 2015

My birthday treat.  Enjoyed staying in Gribbles, it was so peaceful and just what I needed.  The surroundings are lovely.  Thanks for the scones, they were delicious.
~ Patricia (Kent)

April 2015

Thanks for having us for an extremely pleasant weekend, which was started well by delicious scones and apple jelly! The cottage is lovely and a credit to you. We look forward to coming back sometime to try the pizza oven!
~ Dave and Liz, Surrey

April 2015

Thank you so much for having us here. It has been a real pleasure and peaceful. Cath you have been a wonderful host in presenting us with a lovely cake and milk, which was a great surprise. We would definitely love to come here again.
~Fenton, Eunice and Joseph, London

April 2015

Perfect family weekend. Wonderful surroundings, pity about the bickering kids (ours). Loved the homely cottage with lots of personal touches (can you find the frog?) The welcome from Nick and Cath was fantastic and we are already looking forward to our next visit.
~Sarah, Kevin, Arthur and Eliza, Rotherhithe

March 2015

Thank you for a lovely relaxing few days, it is such a relaxing setting. We had some lovely walks and a lovely day out at Southwold. Enjoyed the cake and we will enjoy the pickle and marmalade when we are at home; it will remind us of our time here.
~Peter and Carole, Duke and Dexter, Norfolk

March 2015

Thank you for a lovey weekend break.  Souters is in such an idyllic and tranqui; location we really enjoyed ourselves.  Oh, and the cake and jam were delicious!
~ Sophie, Chris and William, Ramsgate

March 2015

I came to Souters for 2 weeks to work, and it was the perfect setting!  Quiet, but with everything required.  What a lot of power points!  To break up the work routine, I had visitors - none of them wanted to leave!  Nick and Cath have created the perfect retreat for this sort of escape, and I/we had a wonderful time.  I am sorry my time has run out!
~ Adrian (and visitors)

February 2015

Had a lovely week, very peaceful place to stay. Nice to hear the owls in the night. A cosy place to stay.  Enjoyed the cake and some of the jam, thank you.
~Denis, Elaine and Andrea, London

February 2015

We love this place. After an extremely busy, hectic January it was the perfect place to unwind and find a little solace. What we really find special about this cottage is it's woodland setting.  It has inspired us to plan our next trip and bring our chilren.  We will be back .....
~Paul and Sally

February 2015

From start to finish, a wonderful, relaxing time! Thank you Cath and Nick (for the directions) and all of your personal little touches. A beautiful "home from home" for our first weekend away together.  Looking forward to coming back in the summer months.
~Rachel and Winchester

February 2015

Fab-u-lous is the only way to describe such a wonderful place, A real gem in the woods and so comfortable and homely.  Thank you for the lemon drizzle cake; my favourite!
~Dee and Barry

January 2015

We have had an absolutely amazing, relaxing weekend here. Thank you to Nick and Cath, Souters Cottage is gorgeous!  We will definitely be back.
~Jenny and Tristan, Hampshire

January 2015

Thank you for this relaxing weekend. We would love to return to this lovely cottage.
~Barry and Jenny,Surrey

January 2015

Thanks for such a friendly welcome (chocolate cake and chat!) on a very blustery, wintery night!.  We have had a great time; kids loved the "shed" and being able to play in the garden in their PJs and coats!  We've loved the fire, the extremely well-stocked kitchen (cooked up a storm) and beautiful surrounds.  A beautiful glimpse of english countryside.
~Bailey Family, Byron Bay, Australia

January 2015

A wonderful start to 2015!  Thank you so much, we'll definitely be visiting again .....
~Hollie and Eazy, London

December 2014

We have had such a wondeful relaxing time here at Souters.  A much needed break and felt completely spoilt by your welcoming cottage! We will definitely be back later in the year.
~Jo and Huw, London

December 2014

A lovely cosy cottage. We had a wonderful Christmas here.  Couldn't have been better.
~Viooltje and Styn, Belgium

December 2014

We loved the cottage and the grounds, the photographs online do not do it justice! Our choc labrador Rosie enjoyed long walks along the river Stour and exploring Flatford and Highwoods Country Park in Colchester. The cottage has been beautifully restored and decorated. A perfect rustic retreat!
~Tonie and Neil (& Rosie!), Romford

December 2014

Normally we sleep in one bed for one night and a different one another; after our visits we are shattered. This cottage has been great; warm, clean, comfortable. Just perfect. Many thanks for the cake, milk and flowers; we go home feeling rested.10 out of 10.
~Tina and Albie, France

November 2014

A beautiful cottage in a rural, secluded, peaceful location. Couldn't have asked for a better short stay. A warm welcome, everything you need for a self catering break! Thank you very much - we are already planning our return stay.
~Neil and Kevin, Stansted

November 2014

Thank you to Nick and Cath for letting us stay in your beautiful cottage. We have had a lovely time here cycling to Capel St Mary garden centre. A perfect cottage to stay in for our special weekend away to get engaged.
~Joshua and Amy, Ipswich

November 2014

Beautiful cottage and shepherds in a wonderful setting. We had a lovely stay and take away good memories and tasty jam. Thank you Nick and Cath for the warm welcome and delicious cake! We'll be back for more walking and beer tasting in the great local pubs.
~Liz, Sib, Connie and Cate

November 2014

Thank you for our beautiful cake! We loved our time here, we will be back. Souters is a lovely place to relax.
~ Jon, Rhian and Bertie Spaniel, Bristol.

October 2014

What a lovely "home from home"! We had a wonderful time staying at Souters- such a beautifully put together cottage. Cosy, well equipped and in the perfect spot for exploring the surrounding area. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here.
~ Claire and Dominic, Oxford.

October 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed a much needed relaxing couple of days. Wonderful little cottage and surroundings, couldn't fault a thing. Will definitely be back for another break.
~ Danielle and Lewis, Herts.

Sept 2014

You will definitely be seeing us again! We could not have had a warmer welcome, or a more relaxing stay. Thank you both for such a special break. Within five minutes we felt as though we were home from home. Thank you!
~Gem, Phil, Jill, Elias, Nottingham and London.

Sept 2014

Had a great week at Souters, delightful cottage, everything you need for a relaxing holiday. Thanks for the delicious chocolate cake and all the extras we have not found at other cotages. Hope to come back in the future.
~Margaret, Alan and Moose the spaniel.Hampshire.

August 2014

Thank you for a lovely stay! Your special place has made our special day a lot more special!
~Sasha and Igor, Suffolk.

August 2014

Another fantastic visit to this lovely cottage. The weather has been fabulous and being able to sit on the patio morning and night made it perfect. Thanks for the flowers, milk and cake, much appreciated. Thanks again.
~The Murphy family, Lancashire.

July 2014

Have had a lovely hot sunny week here and managed to explore a lot of the delights Suffolk has to offer. Sutton Hoo, Lavenham, Melford Hall and Ickworth all worth a visit. We've also visited the coast at Southwold, Aldeburgh and Dunwich. Thanks Nick and Cath for a great stay in your lovely cottage. We appreciated all the little extra touches- the tasty cake and the fresh flowers, and thank you for being so accommodating. Shepherds hut was great fun, small but perfectly formed, had everything needed, loved the wooden floor and "boxbed" curtains.
~ Sheila, Amy and Emily, Argyll and Edinburgh

June 2014

Had the most lovely restful time in an amazing setting. Lovely flowers and homemade cake were a lovley welcoming touch- we have fallen in love with Souters! We were more than happy to spend our days sat on the loungers watching the wildlife. Found Souters via Trip Advisor and can fully understand why it has a 5 star rating. Thank you to Nick and Cath- splendid hosts.
~ Anne and Colin, Isle of Wight

May 2014

Thanks to Nick and Cath for a super stay! Our first visit here after staying in many places in Suffolk to meet up with family. Our first impressions were one of amazement as to why we hadn't stayed here before. Thank you! We will be back and recommending to all our friends. Keep up the good work!!
~ Graeme, Dannielle and Esme, Hampshire

November 2013

Our second stay, still as wonderful. Wish we could live in a lovely place like this. It’s a great area for walking which is what we came for. Hope to come again one day, thanks for the lovely cake.
~ Allyson and David, Harlow.

October 2013

We have really enjoyed our stay at this fantastic cottage. It was a perfect central base for us to visit our family. Nick and Cath made the stay even more enjoyable with the little extras. We will be booking again when we come back to the U.K next year.
~ Paul and Janice, Ontario, Canada.

September 2013

A wonderful woodland escape. Absolutely faultless- very welcoming hosts and felt at home instantly. Beautiful surroundings and a well equipped, snug cottage. 10 out of 10, we shall be back.
~ Grant and Natalie, Chelmsford.

August 2013

Great place to get creative and inspire writing. Really appreciated the warm welcome and yummy scones too! Thanks, hopefully see you again soon?
~ Sarah and Tim, London.

July 2013

What a wonderful place you have here! Very peaceful and quiet. Lovely cake and home made jams. We could not have picked a nicer place for our anniversary weekend.
~ Helen and Trevor, Hertfordshire.

June 2013

Had a lovely stay, amazing cottage and tasty cake! Relaxing escape to an ideal location. Many thanks- hope to visit again soon.
~ Lee and Paula.

May 2013

Souters is beautiful, its setting is ideal for a comfortable out of the way stay. Although small it is not crowded, it has full amenities and although in the country it is not isolated. Nick and Cath were superb hosts. A gem in Higham!
~ Vic and Sherry, Florida.

April 2013

We loved the cottage and its amazing surroundings. Fantastic facilities in the cottage (especially the wood burner) and great hosts. Thank you very much, we would love to visit again soon.
~ Mitch and Gemma, Norwich.

March 2013

We had a wonderful time here, a super building, perfect surroundings and good weather too! It is lovely to see an historic building such as this restored to such a high standard. Lovely touches like scones and jam, Nick and Cath make you feel most welcome. We look forward to a return visit in the near future.
~ Hilary and Nick, Kent.

February 2013

Just lovely. Lemon drizzle cake on arrival. Such a quiet get away from our busy lives. Just what we needed.
~ Mike and Faith, Kettering.

January 2013

Comfortable,easy and relaxing house. Very thoughtful hosts-snow cleared and house already warm. Looking forward to another opportunity to stay here, hopefully to enjoy the immediate locality.
~ Richard, Hampshire

December 2012

We really loved the cottage and the beautiful location. It’s so peaceful and relaxing, wish we could stay for longer as it’s been so perfect. Thanks for the scones and jam. Hope to return one day. Thanks for everything.
~ Allyson and David, Essex

November 2012

Thanks for a lovely stay. Great house, lovely location. Very homely. Definitely come back again.
~ Helen and Stef, Belgium

October 2012

How sad we are to leave! Long anticipated Souters exceeded all our expectation. Thank you so much for allowing us to share such a beautiful place, even if only for a few days. We can only congratulate you on a perfect conversion, charming and functional- delightful in every way. We’ll be looking forward to a longer visit as soon as possible. Thanks for your hospitality and kindness.
~ Lorraine and Adrian, Cologne, Germany.

September 2012

Loved the barn and peaceful setting. Thank you Nick and Cath for the lovely warm welcome and delicious cake, will be back for some more wild swims and lazy days on the river. What an amazing place to stay!
~ Tracy and Michael, Penzance, Cornwall.

August 2012

Thank you for the lovely scones and jam, also the lovely touch of the posy of sweet peas. A wonderful place, very peaceful, we enjoyed the beautiful country side. We would love to come back and will definitely recommend to family and friends.
~ David and Brenda, Cambridge.

July 2012

Perfect holiday cottage…………..Thank you.
~ The Revell family, Fife,Scotland

June 2012

If you search for tranquility and beautiful nature, foxes in the garden. This is the place to be – this house with its atmosphere really made us at ease. And the pub food has improved in the last years! Thank you for the warm welcome, flowers, cake etc. It was a joy to stay in this nice cottage. Fish and chips … at the beach … a bitter in the local pub. And then there was the stormy weather, just the way we have it at home!
~ Peter and Josje, Holland

May 2012

Tres beau sejour et super agreable merci. Un grand merci tres agreable et tres depayager plains de belle images dans la tete grace a vous. Valerie et
~ Salah et Rachid, France

April 2012

You have turned Souters into an enchanting house in the woods; the landscape can be enjoyed through every window! Thank you for such a comfortable stay. We look forward to coming again.
~ Janet and George, Cumbria.

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