1, John O' Groat Cottages

Bury St Edmunds, The Suffolk Countryside

  • 3 Star
  • Immerse yourselves in the beauty of nature and forest life at 1, John O' Groat Cottages. This holiday home is positioned in The King's Forest north of Bury St Edmunds in North Stow.

You can book this property from:

  • £511 per week
  • £73 per night
  • 3 Star


1 John O’ Groat Cottages is a cottage centred in its own forest haven. Located in the heart of The King’s Forest just north of Bury St Edmunds, this pretty, carefully restored cottage, one of a pair of former estate workers’ homes, offers its guests a location like no other. Here you are completely surrounded by natural open space, and mature woodland trees. Peace and tranquility are the order of the day. With its natural surroundings comes a wealth of wildlife on your doorstep including some more unusual visitors - look out for the Red Deer which roam this part of the forest and on summer nights you may hear the call of the rare Nightjar - and the night sky here is something to behold!

The cottage itself is well furnished throughout and offers a cosy and comfortable holiday home perfect for families or couples looking to switch off and truly get away from it all, or as a base to explore historic Suffolk or the activities of Thetford Forest Park and more . The fully-equipped kitchen makes meal times a breeze and the traditional sitting room with its open fire creates a calm and cosy atmosphere for you to enjoy. On the first floor there are three bedrooms offering versatility to cater for up to five guests. Outside there is a huge two acres of garden to explore, the perfect space for garden games or simply for just soaking up the fresh air and the commanding views over the forest.

Venturing outdoors you have plenty of areas of interest to explore close by to 1 John O’ Groat Cottages. You’ll find a bus stop within 1.5 miles which takes you to Bury St Edmunds - Suffolk’s “Jewel in the Crown” - and for lovers of Suffolk’s history a 15 minute drive will take you to the West Stow Country Park sited on the ancient Icknield Way, boasting a recreated Anglo Saxon Village and close to the Lackford Lakes Wildfowl Reserve. For those seeking adventure of a different kind, the attractions of Thetford Forest Park, the Elvedon Estate and go-karting at Red Lodge are all within easy reach. Shop: 3.6 miles Pub: 3.6 miles.

Why We Love This Property
It’s all about the location! The beauty of the forest and the remoteness of the area are truly special. If peace and quiet is what you are after then look no further than 1, John O’ Groat Cottages.

Sitting Room: Smart TV, DVD, open fire, comfortable seating.
Kitchen/Dining Area: Gas oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, dining table and chairs.
Boot Room: Fridge freezer, boot and coat storage.
Bathroom: Bath, shower cubicle, washbasin and WC.

Steep cottage style stairs to
Bedroom 1: King size bed, washbasin.
Bedroom 2: Double bed, optional day bed, built-in wardrobes.
Bedroom 3: Single bed.

Garden: Two acres of garden mainly laid to lawn with mature trees scattered throughout. The whole plot is in the middle of a forest so there is plenty to explore on-foot and cycle.
Parking: Private for up to three cars.
Heating: Gas heating.
Pets: One well-behaved dog welcome.
Notes: Wi-Fi, towels and a starter pack of fuel for the open fire are all provided. Travel cot available to use. Due to the location of this cottage TV reception can be intermittent so the owners have provided HDMI/USB cables to allow viewing via compatible devices. A CD player is also provided.
Security Deposit: A £150 security deposit is required four weeks prior to your holiday.

North Stow is part of The King’s Forest, located five miles north of Bury St Edmunds. Thetford Forest Park is nearby and offers a wide range of outdoor activities, including Go Ape, cycle and Segway trails and lovely walks throughout the forest. Also nearby, the Elvedon Estate has a well- stocked farm shop with local produce and restaurant and also offers a variety of activities . The re-created Anglo Saxon Village of West Stow is also within easy reach and well worth a visit. Bury St Edmunds is the old capital of England and today it remains a busy and beautiful market town with plenty to explore. Experience and enjoy the wealth of arts, heritage and food on offer. If you love exploring local shops/restaurants then you find a huge range of niche boutique shops, cafes and award winning restaurants. National and international brands can be found at the new shopping centre The `Arc'.


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 1 king/super-king bed
  • 1 double bed
  • 1 single bed


  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer


  • 1 bathroom
  • 1 WC
  • Towels provided


  • Family friendly
  • Travel cot


  • Garden
  • Private parking

How far to ...?

  • Pub 3.6 miles
  • Shop 3.6 miles

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Welcome pack


  • Ground floor WC
  • Ground floor bath/shower room


I love it there. Feels like a second home.

Mrs Myrjam B,

Fresh air by the woods, deer and squirrels nearby and silence... You love it or you hate it. If you love this is Paradise on earth. A good equipped house and when evening cold comes in, the open fire brings warmth and a special feeling. The feeling of: “I want this again...”

Past Customer,

Thank You very much for the welcoming goodies. We enjoyed them very much - We had a perfect holiday but unfortunately too short. Definitely worth a second visit.

Past Customer,

You have to love the silence of the surrounding woods to enjoy this property to its optimum. For me this was the most lovely place I ever have been, because I grew up in the same environment. So, it felt really like home again. Birds, deer, squirrels and pheasants are your company there. And the wind through the trees...

Past Customer,

I loved everything but mostly the beds & very relaxing. From Lyla the youngest one.

Past Customer,

Thank you for all the good this lovely house has brought me. It is a nice base for wondering .

Past Customer,

Nice relaxing stay. Very Peaceful!

Past Customer,

Lovely cottage and so cosy!

Miss Karina C,

Three generations enjoyed a lovely time in this cottage. So homely, cosy & welcoming. Well equipped and with wonderful features (we loved the doors) . The out door area is a delight and so peaceful. Thank you - would love to return some time.

Previous Customer,

We all loved it, especially Arthur the Spaniel. Freedom galore! We will definitely be returning next year.

The M,

We loved the peace and quiet. The wildlife in the garden and the noises were wonderful. Our 4 year old granddaughter loved the walks in the wood.

Fraser Family,

Lovely peaceful week of pottering. Loved the cottage, walks from the door, Thetford Forest, Bury Theatre.

Anna & Family,

Beautiful cottage just like my grandparents. Lovely rustic charm, peaceful & relaxing.

Carolyn & D,

Delightful cottage, we appreciate that the cottage is in its original condition,which is wonderful.

Clive P,

We've enjoyed out stay in the Forest! Very rustic and so peaceful - cottage delightful. Lovely linen and towels, very comfy. Tolly enjoyed the garden.

Previous Customer,

We thought the cottage was enchanting, beautiful. The kitchen was equipped with everything we needed and we really appreciated the welcome supplies - tea etc, milk, wine, flowers.

Mr Phil P,

From arrival to departure everything about our stay in Suffolk at 1, John O' Groats was wonderful. Roses climbing up the garden wall, Birdsong, Deer, Hares, Wonderful. Its an excellent location for all sorts of exploring . We've walked Devils Dyke, ambled around beautiful gardens, been to the ballet, punted on the Cam and much more. Wicken Fen also a delight, we've seen all sorts of wildflowers and Orchids, birds, butterflies, bees, Damsel & Dragonflies. Thank you for setting the cottage up with comfy beds, flowers, milk , drinks, fluffy towels & lovely furniture, great shower and amazing bath!

Previous Customer,

What a gorgeous place to call home for part of a week! From bike riding at High lodge, to seeing Deer, Hornets, Muntjac, Grass snakes and more. All on the doorstep. Whoever stays next we recommend BBQ/Fire pit located in shed. Thanks for the memories, we shall forget them not.

Wright & C,

So peaceful & relaxing - Many Thanks for welcoming goodie hamper. P.s. Bath is amazing!