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Thatcher's CottageStoke By Nayland, Constable Country

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Thatcher’s Cottage is a detached Grade II listed, thatched cottage dating back to the 1600s. This beautiful ‘chocolate box’ timber framed property is surrounded by a third of an acre of pretty cottage gardens, with sloping lawns, flower beds and a south facing terrace overlooking farmland. While the cottage has all the charm of its original features, the interior has been completely updated. The delightful country kitchen features an Aga, granite work tops and a stable door to the garden. Brick and wooden floors lay throughout the ground floor, with luxurious carpets upstairs for your comfort. Thatcher’s is a beautiful, romantic retreat with the most calming and relaxing feel, an absolute must in these busy times.

The cottage is situated down a quiet country lane in the heart of Constable Country, just a five minute walk to the village and pubs. There are many lovely villages in the local area including Nayland, Dedham, Kersey and Lavenham to name a few. The small market towns of Sudbury and Hadleigh are right on the door step with independent shops, boutiques and coffee shops as well as all of the main supermarkets and banks. Dedham Vale, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offers a plenitude of rolling farmland, rivers, meadows and ancient woodlands to explore at your leisure.


AgaBed LinenCentral HeatingDishwasherDog FriendlyEnclosed Garden/CourtyardExposed BeamsFreezerFridgeGarden FurnitureMicrowaveMusic Docking StationParkingTelevisionTowels providedTraditional Gas StoveWashing MachineWiFiDVD player mins walking distance to pub


Ground Floor
Kitchen with Aga, breakfast bar and stable door opening onto the garden. Sitting room with inglenook fireplace, gas stove and garden views. Dining room. Downstairs shower room.

First Floor
Each bedroom has its own staircase to the first floor. Staircase to bedroom one with 5’ King Size double bed and en-suite shower room. Staircase to bedroom two with 5’ zip and link bed with en-suite shower room. The zip and link bed can be split in to two 2’6 beds on request.

Fully enclosed, pretty cottage garden with lawns and well established flower beds. Large South facing patio terrace with garden furniture (summer months only).

Please note that although the property is family friendly it is not suitable for children under 7 years of age.

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Surrounding local area

?Hadleigh is an ancient market town, it is surrounded by 246 listed buildings and offers plenty of history to explore. Don't forget to visit Tito's Italian restaurant, that serves authentic Italian food.

Set by the River Stour, Dedham is in the heart of Constable Country. The attractive high street is lined with Georgian-fronted houses, old inns and a large Art and Crafts Centre. The magnificent 15th church was built from the wealth of the medieval cloth industry. Constable's work The Ascension can be seen within St Mary's Parish Church.

Kersey is a quintessential English village in the Babergh district of Suffolk with lots of narrow winding roads and beautiful historic properties. Kersey Mill includes a gym, an art gallery, a beauty salon, and a florist. That’s not forgetting The Copper Kettle Tearoom, which serves up a delicious afternoon tea, seven days a week.

Nestled in the heart of the stunning Suffolk countryside, Lavenham is one of Englan's finest medieval wool villages. Medieval charm can be found around every corner with its winding streets, thatched cottages and some 320-listed timber framed buildings. This unique village was created some 750 years ago by Hendry III when he granted Lavenham "market status" which stimulated the most prosperous period in the village's history. Today Lavenham is a thriving village with art galleries, restaurants, cafes, pubs and lots of interesting buildings to visit.

Long Melford
As its name implies, this wool town has a long, long High Street, populated by charming independent shops, vibrant art galleries, antique centres, cafes, restaurants, and, of course, typical Suffolk Inns. So, given all of this combined with beautiful architecture and amazing countryside, it is no wonder that this is such a desirable place.

For a family day out visit Hollow Trees Farm - suitable for all ages, the farm trail is a walk around the fields, down into Pogal Pit and into the Livestock Barn. Along the way you will find Dirty Dave the tractor stuck in the mud, the Rolly Polly pole, Goat Mountain, Mini Tractors and the Welly Game. The farm shop provides excellent local produce and is open 7 days a week.


The Constable Walk: starting at Manningtree Station to Flatford to Dedham.
For other lovely local walks see:

Flatford & Dedham River Trips: Stour Trusty II and Kathleen operate between Stratford St Mary, Flatford, Dedham and Brantham.

The Hadleigh Show
One of the finest examples of a single-day country show in the UK.
Tourist Information

Colchester Visitor Information Centre. Castle Park, Hollytrees Museum, Colchester, CO1 1UG. 01206 282920.

Places to visit

Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa. Two 18-hole championship golf courses, a 2 AA Rosette restaurant, a luxurious spa and high-tech gym.
Flatford Mill. A Grade I listed watermill built in 1733 on the River Stour now cared for by the National Trust.
Colchester Castle. A beautiful Grade I listed Norman Castle, the largest Norman Keep in Europe.
Colchester Zoo. The zoo is home to many rare and endangered species, including big cats, primates and birds.
Snape Maltings. Arts complex famous for music concerts, shops and cafés.
The Munnings Art Museum. Beautiful museum filled with Munnings Art and a great café serving delicious food.
Kentwell Hall. A moated Tudor mansion with gardens, parkland and rare breed farm. It also hosts historical re-enactments and events throughout the year.

Special Events in the Area

Grand Tours and Wine Tastings are available from March to October at Dedham Vale Vineyard.
The Dedham Vale & Stour Valley Project run a programme of nature talks and workshops about the local area.
The River Stour Trust has many events throughout the year to share enjoyment of the river. The majority of events are suitable for families.

Guest reviews

A perfect place to spend a romantic Valentine's week! Thank you.

P & L - Great Oakley , May 2018
1 of 41

Great break away to refresh and relax. Fantastic cottage and great walks for Benji.

I, S & B - Orford, May 2018
2 of 41

Our second stay in this year. Absolutely fantastic. Thank you.

D, T & I - Essex, May 2018
3 of 41

We've had a very enjoyable week in Suffolk. Thank you!

J, N & S - Edinburgh , April 2018
4 of 41

An idyllic setting in which to unwind and relax. With small touches throughout the cottage that make it extra special. Thank you.

K, G - Manchester , April 2018
5 of 41

Thank you for a really lovely stay, we feel totally relaxed in your beautiful cottage where has everything you could want - including delicious cake! Our doggy Ruby loved watching the rabbits in the adjoining field. Will be back!

M, J & R - Kent, April 2018
6 of 41

A very happy ten days in the cottage of my dreams. Thank you!

P, J & W - Sussex , April 2018
7 of 41

Lovely cottage, very welcoming. Cake was lovely. Had a relaxing stay. Thanks x

D, C & P - Bath Somerset , March 2018
8 of 41

Loved the cottage, so beautifully decorated and extremely well equipped. It was lovely and warm despite sub zero temperatures and lots of snow. Thanks

J, M & C from Diggle Saddleworth, March 2018
9 of 41

Stunning cottage, very comfortable and warm. Loved cooking on the AGA. Visited both pubs, both dog friendly and both have fantastic food. Thank you.

D & L - Hertfordshire, February 2018
10 of 41

This really is a "chocolate box cottage", absolutely beautiful, very high standard and everything you need. Thank you Dawn, we loved your cake. see you again at Easter xx

D, T & I - Essex, February 2018
11 of 41

Perfect cottage and location. Excellent housekeeping and lovely cake!Thank you Dawn for your lovely welcome x

A, M, K & D - Kent , January 2018
12 of 41

Had a wonderful time in your super accommodation. Thank you for a lovely time and the cake!

C, D, L, J - Lincolnshire , January 2018
13 of 41

We've had a wonderful break in your delightful cottage. Been to both pubs in the village. Bury St Edmunds, Lavenham, Southwold & Aldeburgh! Thank you.

J & A, London, January 2018
14 of 41

Sublime from start to end. Dawn...what a bolthole! Exquisite cake.

The H's, Nottinghamshire, December 2017
15 of 41

Loved it all. This cottage has the most wonderful ambience. It's a very special place. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

M & K, Kent, December 2017
16 of 41

Thank you Dawn for your welcome and our delicious cake. The house is a dream and we enjoyed every minute of our holiday here at Thatcher's.

R & M, Itlay, December 2017
17 of 41

We have stayed in some lovely cottages but this one beats them all! Had a great meal at The Angel and the local farm shop and really enjoyed the local walks. We look forward to our next visit.

N & L, Norfolk, November 2017
18 of 41

We echo all previous sentiments. A great, relaxing weekend. Thank you.

Mr & Mrs H, Essex, November 2017
19 of 41

Lovely relaxing stay. Beautiful cottage. So cosy and comfy. Would love to return in the Spring.

J & K, Kent, November 2017
20 of 41

Absolutely fabulous! We've loved out stay at Thatcher's. Thank you Dawn.

The K's, London, October 2017
21 of 41

We came away for a few days of relaxation and that's certainly what we got. Thank you so much Dawn, simply perfect!

The P's, Oxfordshire, October 2017
22 of 41

Second visit to this beautiful cottage, so special, relaxing, already planning the next time!

J, T, M & L - Godmanchester & Reading, September 2017
23 of 41

Thank you for a wonderful stay! The cottage was beautifully finishe. We had great fun walking, cycling and kayaking. The Crown was a treat for lunch. Thank you.

T & C - London, August 2017
24 of 41

Great way to celebrate a birthday weekend! Couldn't have wished for better!

S, M & P - Buckinghamshire, August 2017
25 of 41

Beautifully equipped cottage. Lovely location and great pubs. Thank you!

B & G - London/Kent, August 2017
26 of 41

Beautiful cottage, beautifully furnished and beautifully clean. We absolutely love it! Lovely village and walks too.

D & S - Manchester, August 2017
27 of 41

We had a wonderful time - the cottage was perfect in every way and we loved the peace, birds, local pubs ... and Suffolk villages.

J & C, Australia, June 2017
28 of 41

A really beautiful, well equipped cottage in a truly beautiful part of the world. A perfect base to explore Constable country. A most enjoyable, relaxing break.

S, J, J & J - Essex, May 2017
29 of 41

Fabulous, Fabulous, Fabulous! Can't say much more than that. Idyllic cottage and lcoation.

The H's, West Sussex, May 2017
30 of 41

Gracias, we had a fantastic break in this beautiful cottage - amazing restoration!

The A family - Spain, April 2017
31 of 41

Great location for visiting East Anglia. Neat cottage!

The H's, USA, April 2017
32 of 41

A wonderful stay is a fantastic cottage. Tried both pubs - brilliant. Great dog walks and half marathon/marathon training.

The W M Clan - Surrey, April 2017
33 of 41

We've had a wonderful break in this idyllic cottage. Gorgeous weather too! We hope to return one day soon!

The D family, Twickenham, April 2017
34 of 41

Very cosy cottage with chocolate box interior to match exterior! Very well equipped with all that you need. Beautiful location with lovely garden. Had a wonderful stay.

The R's, Isle of Wight, March 2017
35 of 41

Thank you for a wonderful week. Relaxing cottage and wonderful hamper. Loved the area exploring.

The A's, Staffordshire, March 2017
36 of 41

We don't want to go home! What an idyllic cottage, equipped with everything we could possibly need. A wonderful, relaxing weekend in this gorgeous place.

J, C & L - Berkshire, February 2017
37 of 41

Beautiful cottage and very relaxing stay in lovely setting, will defo be recommending. 10 out of 10!

The C's and F's - St Ives & Cambridgeshire, February 2017
38 of 41

Wonderful country break. Very cosy, warm cottage. Ideal birthday present, love the pubs.

The MB's and BJ's, Cambridge, February 2017
39 of 41

What a welcome! Idyllic home, which became ours as soon as we arrived!

S, D, T, S & O - Essex, February 2017
40 of 41

We had a wonderful stay at Thatchers Cottage. It was beautiful inside and out. We look forward to our next visit.

N&R, London, February 2017
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