I am fortunate enough to have just stayed in Souters Barn for three nights and cannot recommend it enough. This place is a gem that ticks every box and more. I feel particularly lucky to have got it due to a cancellation and will definitely be booking to use again. Nick and Cath are the perfect hosts who give a warm welcome.The accomodation and setting is fantastic.
It felt more like a home than a holiday let with an incredible attention to detail and thoughtful touches.Tea,coffee,milk,eggs and cooking condiments are there in place for guests to use plus a home baked caked to eat and fresh flowers in rooms on arrival. The living area is spacious,comfortable and airy and even has a piano.The bedroom is very comfortable and stayed cool even in tremendously hot weather. The whole place has been decorated with such good taste that it immediately feels both perfect and familiar.
The setting is idyllic with wildlife a plenty to see,birdsong to hear and stunning walks to make. The outside area has a garden with flowers, hedge and willow fence that enhance the natural beauty of the place and not intrude on it. There is a gate to the washing line and utility area. The patio has a pizza oven and barbeque to use with free fuel to use. An ideal place to sit with a cup of tea and watch rabbits eating their breakfast.
Souters offers privacy, peace, romance and tranquility but also much comfort and joy. It gave me a chance to relax and unwind from the stresses of life, be inspired and feel restored. There is much to explore in the local area and Suffolk is beautiful. This holiday will stay with me for a long time.
I would like to return with my paints and easel,stay for longer and maybe experience a different time of year with the wood burner lit and rain lashing outside.. or I can imagine Christmas with family and friends using Gribbles too.
Well done Nick and Cath, you should feel very proud of what you have achieved here and thank you for my stay. I will be booking to return soon.
A Warm welcome and delicious cake awaits. Very comfortable self catering accommodation.Set in the Dedham vale ( Constable country).The shepherds hut is also cozy. The owners secure field is close by for exercising your dogs. We would highly recommend it. Very quite and peaceful. Already planning our return visit.
We stayed for four days during half term ... two adults in Souters Barn and two kids (8 & 10 yrs) in the Shepherd's Hut.
Both the Barn and the Hut are beautifully sited, very comfortable (the only exception being the thickness of the sofa bed mattress) and have every facility you could wish for.
There are lots of things to do - woodland walks, beach, zoo, and places to eat - within walking distance or via easy car journeys. The kids particularly loved Hollow Trees Farm which offered a whole day experience with lots of opportunities to touch lambs, calves and other animals, climbing frames and other fun activities, as well as large farm shop.
Nick and Cath were delightful hosts. Thank you Nick for telling us all about your beautiful barn (we love old buildings) and you Cath for your yummy lemon cake. We thoroughly recommend Souters and would love to come again.
Having spent a long weekend at Souters in 2017 we were in no doubt that we would return for a longer visit this year.
We (my partner, myself and our two rather energetic dogs) have just spent a full week at Souters and it proved to be a wonderful experience.
On arrival we were greeted by the largest lemon drizzle cake I've ever seen - provided by Cath, the Queen Of Cakes, one of the hosts. There were, of course, fresh flowers in every room and thoughtfully provided tea bags and milk. Marvellous!
We spent the week visiting relatives, exploring nearby villages and enjoying the surrounding countryside.
The accomodation is very comfortable and exceptionally well appointed - the heated shower room and bedroom floors a particularly nice touch.
We were woken every morning by bird song and almost every evening the sunset was accompanied by the song of a nearby nightingale.
Without doubt one of the most relaxing holidays my partner and I have had in a long time.
Gill and I extend our thanks to Nick and Cath for an unforgettable week.
A wonderful place to stay. Great location and wonderful accommodation. Clean, warm and fully equipped.
The pizza oven was an added bonus!
Hidden down a quite little lane, is a wooded driveway that opens into a clearing with a view. Here you will find the most amazing barn conversion and shepherds hut. With luxury in abundance, your stay here will be memorable. I stayed in the shepherds hut and loved it. Very warm and snug with my own en-suite shower room and kettle for coffee in the morning and peace. Oh the peace! Just Tawny owls and the odd sheep in the distance, other than that, nothing. We were having a large family get together in a nearby village. My parents were staying in the barn next door, but across the lawn from my little hut. There the kitchen was well equipped and laid out, the underfloor heating kept it toasty, but we had to have the log burner on one evening as it was quite nippy, and well, it just added to the atmosphere! Although i did not meet Cath or Nick, they maintained a discreet distance, as ideal hosts should do, leaving freshly baked cakes, milk and many other thoughtful items to make this a very special place. If ever back in this area, I would not hesitate in coming back, I have rarely found somewhere quite so wonderful. Thank you Cath and Nick for making it possible.
We stayed two nights at this beautifully converted, ancient little barn, with its wealth of exposed timbers, wood-burning stove and overall cosy feel. Our daughter stayed in the nearby shepherd's hut and joined us for meals and general lying about. For those who yearn to get away from it all this cottage could not be better positioned, situated as it is in a tiny valley surrounded by mature broad leaf trees, completely set back from a narrow country lane and seemingly insulated from the world and all its problems, with nothing to hear but the sounds of nature. The cottage is fully and comprehensively equipped with with everything that a discerning guest could possibly need - even down to pepper and salt. The bedroom has adequate storage space and the double bed is comfortable, although a little too firm for my personal liking. Our host and hostess were friendly and welcoming and we much appreciated the fresh flowers and homemade cake that awaited our arrival. All in all this is a delightful retreat and one that we wouldn't hesitate to revisit if ever again in the vicinity,