1 Bedroom (Sleeps 2) Barn in Colchester

Souters, converted barn set in quiet woodland
At a glance: Pet Friendly, Wifi, Parking, Garden.
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Owner: Nick and Cath Marno
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  • Property Type: Barn
  • Location: Colchester
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Minimum nights stay: 2
  • Low season price per week: £500
  • High season price per week: £650
  • Property Rating: 5/5 Average Rating (67 Reviews)
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Souters is a small converted barn and is suitable for couples. It has a large sitting room with a high vaulted ceiling, a well equipped open plan kitchen, separate bedroom with king size bed and a shower room with power shower. It is all on one level inside but has sloping paths and steps outside. It has underfloor heating throughout and also a stylish modern woodburner which makes for very cosy evenings in the colder months. Outside there are two terraces to be enjoyed during the summer and a large grassed area for play or relaxation. There is also a wood fired pizza oven. Fresh herbs can be found in the garden borders which guests are welcome to use. .

Souters Holiday Cottage is found in the grounds of Valley Farm Cottage, home to the owners. It is just off the track leading to their smallholding and fields, which stretch as far as the river Brett, a tributary of the River Stour. The smallholding is in the process of being regenerated for wildlife habitat. It is a great spot for bird watching and present through various times of the year are nightingales, kingfishers, hobbies, woodpeckers, owls, buzzards, sparrow hawks and numbers of other woodland, river and garden birds. There is wildlife in abundance too including deer, foxes, badgers, slow worms and grass snakes, stoats and a great number of rabbits . Guests are welcome to follow the path through the coppiced chestnut woods and walk down to the river meadows.

We happily accept up to 2 well behaved dogs (we ask that dogs are not allowed on furniture or beds). Please note that the garden immediately surrounding Souters is not securely fenced; however there is a large field adjacent which is fenced and in which we encourage guests to walk their dogs.

Responsible smoking permitted OUTSIDE only.

67 Reviews - 5/5 Average Rating

Christmas Break

By Gary C on 06-Jan-2022

Souters is an idyllic retreat, lovely building, super cozy. The surrounding area is lovely and given better weather would have been great for walking. Even so I managed to spot an otter in the nearby river Stour. One slight criticism, due to the remote situation I feel a full size fridge/freezer is essential, especially in the warmer months. Owners reply: How lovely that you saw an otter. We note your concern about the freezer but are glad you were able to make use of the offered space in our easily accessible chest freezer during your short visit. We also have a designated separate freezer for dog food if guests feed their dogs a raw food diet and need to store food during their stay.

5 of of 5

Wonderful Stay

By Ian W on 07-Nov-2021

Enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing weekend. Charming little barn out in the country. We had great fun making use of the pizza oven outside! Would highly recommend!

5 of of 5

Fabulous location, calm and tranquil environment and wonderful hosts

By A.K.from Netherlands on 28-Oct-2021

If you like peace and quiet, nature all around, great facilities then stay here! Great bathroom and kitchen including nice hot water and a dishwasher (always a plus). Heating and log burner will keep you warm even in the coldest months (as well as being cosy and romantic) and Cath and Nick are great unobtrusive hosts. I honestly couldn’t fault it and I have travelled a lot and stayed in many countries and places. Perfectly located to visit lots of English sites of interest and conveniently near enough to the A12 for connection to motorways or not far from the Ferry at Harwich if travelling from Europe.

5 of of 5


January to Easter Low Season £500
Easter 3 night minimum £600 per week
Spring/Early Summer Low Season £500
Weekly dog surcharge £50 or £10 per dog per night
July to September High Season £575 to £700
September to mid December Low season £500
Christmas/New Year Christmas £650
Weekdays 2 night minimum £115 per night
Weekend 2 night minimum £125 per night



Pets Welcome


Pantry Items
Dining Seats
Dining Room
Wood stove
Linens Provided
Washing Machine
Living Room
Ironing Board
Video Library


Away from it all
Sports activities
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