Putts Cottage hidden away at the end of a cart track, happily lost


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  1. 3 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 2 beds
  4. 1.5 baths
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Hidden away at the end of a cart-track, perched on a hill overlooking the river Stour, in a cluster of 5 other homes is this cosy little farm workers cottage: Peacefully, happily lost from the World.

The Experience

In a peaceful hilltop hamlet called Hickbush is the cuteness of Putts Cottage, a 17th century mid terraced farm workers cottage in this tiny hamlet of 6 homes perched overlooking the Stour river valley . Surrounded by fields and with footpaths that wander off in different directions.

Putts Cottage overlooks fields, a wooded valley and nature reserve.

The cottage is reached by private unmade up road of nearly a kilometre, and you feel like you have really reached someone’s hidden hideout when you arrive at the end of the road.

This cottage is a great place to escape to, it is very cosy and snug and has some beautiful footpaths to explore with the river Stour at the bottom of the hill and an excellent riverside pub called The Henny Swan providing snacks and gastro dining.

Walkers and cyclists and doggies will love it.

The owners welcome guests to their cottage with a generous breakfast basket

Cottage Walk Through

You walk straight into the main sitting room which has exposed beams, a brick fireplace and a log burner and a traditional brick floor, go through an arch way where the stairs lead up to the two double bedrooms and bathroom and into the kitchen dining room.
The kitchen has a big worktop area and oven, hob and dishwasher it is snug but everything is there that you need.
Upstairs are the two bedrooms with double-sized beds, the bathroom has a Victorian ¾ length bath

Please note that due to the steep open stairs we cannot accept babies & infants, or children under 16 - sorry - please do not book in infants online as we will have to decline the booking.

We are fine with doggies though - dog charges apply £25 per dog pw or £15 for less than a week - this payment can be taken after booking

The Gardens

The cottage looks straight across to the lovely grassed garden which has a cosy seating area perfect for having a relaxing snack of drink at, there are lovely views over the valley to the woods beyond, a few steps away is the footpath crossroads where the Stour Valley path the Pilgrims way (St Edmunds Way ) cross one another, there are enchanting walks down to the river stour or across the valley and up into the nature Reserves.

The owners are happy to welcome up to two well behaved doggies to this cottage, but please note that the garden is not enclosed, and pets should not run off into other gardens, especially as the open fields are just a few steps away.


The little settlement of Hickbush is set on a hilltop overlooking the river Stour, behind it are tight little hills and valleys that run down to the Stour River valley. There are lovely walks along footpaths and tiny lanes, and the owners provide bikes for you to easily scoot down to the excellent local pubs or roam the byways that even the locals get lost in.
I should mention that there is a pylon line running over Hickbush, but you can’t see it from inside the cottage and you don’t notice it when you are sitting in the lovely garden.
You are about 12 minutes’ drive from Sudbury which has all the shops and supermarkets and restaurants you could wish for plus a great swimming pool, a train station linking to Liverpool Street Station via Marks Tey, The Quay Theatre and the Gainsborough House Museum, there is also a street market on Saturdays and Thursdays.

Local Area

The Stour River Valley has a rich history, being the first navigable river in England through its early Lock system and immortalised in John Constables painting like The Haywain which he painted at his home just down river at Flatford Mill.
There are many activities on the river and rowing boats can be hired at Dedham and Flatford Mill for gentle rowing and perhaps taking in a picnic on the riverbank. You can book a paddle book experience just down the hill at The Henny Swan through www.thepaddlecompany.co.uk Or bring your own boats or paddle boards and set off from The Henny Swan. You can also do the Sudbury Stour to the Sea trip during September or just book a trip to Bures and Stoke by Nayland. www.riverstourtrust.org operates a fun little boat and you can get a ticket from Sudbury Quay to The Henny Swan
The Pilgrims way was created to bury St Edmund the Martyr one of the first Christian kings of England and England’s original patron Saint ( before St George) this Pilgrims way runs from Manningtree along this stretch of the Stour and passes the cottage as it meanders from Church to church on its way to the beautiful Market Town of Bury St Edmunds which is about a 40-minute drive away.
Another great painter; Thomas Gainsborough was born in Sudbury and his home is now a lovely Museum dedicated to his life and works.
This is area is part of Dedham vale and is a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty … and it is easy to see why.

Late departures: We may be able to arrange a late departure on a Sunday up until 5pm, if the cottage is available or blocked by the owners that day – if you want a late departure please talk to us about it and we will see if it is available, there will be a charge which is approximately 60% of the difference between a 2 and 3 night booking.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
TV with Netflix
Hair dryer
Long-term stays allowed

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Essex, England, United Kingdom

Hosted by Mark

  1. Joined in December 2021
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Hi I’m Mark

After travelling the world I decided to settle down in Suffolk twenty years ago and started my own little business with a beautiful old derelict farm complex, which I converted into six lovely little cottages for people to escape from city life and enjoy the wonderfully rural experience that this area amazingly has, even with its close proximity to London.

I love what I do and am ‘Hands On’ with welcoming guests to my own six cottages, as well as looking after my Cottage Agency that soon developed as other owners came asking me to take on their cottages and give them the same level of personal customer care, attention and promotion that we are known and appreciated for.

I don’t want to be a huge company, I’m very happy to have a small agency where personal involvement is always the priority and where I can pick only places which I love and know inside out to join us.

I am always available to answer any questions and above everything else I want you to be in a cottage that suits you, so you will become our ambassador.

Please do ask me a question about this cottage and I will give you a very honest answer.

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Check-in: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Checkout: 11:00 am
Not suitable for children (2-12 years)
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

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