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FSC Flatford Mill, Dedham Vale, Suffolk

Sleeps 10 - 93 25 Bedrooms 60 Dining

Catered field centre in John Constable country sleeping 93 with games room, for families and large activity, educational and faith groups

Bookings Available: For catered short breaks or longer stays at selected times throughout the year - no self catering permitted

Sorry - no hens or stags.

FSC Flatford Mill is set across 4 buildings and offers accommodation for up to 93 guests across 25 bedrooms in a mixture of dormitory, single or twin rooms. Some are en-suite, others have bathrooms nearby. The Mill and Willy Lott's House are instantly recognisable since they feature in many paintings by Constable. The Centre offers visitors of all ages a much sought-after sense of tranquility. Its 7 hectares of grounds include riverside and lake margins, woodland and grassland, quiet areas with picnic benches all connected by circular walks. There is an outdoor games field close by.

Within close proximity to ‘Heaths’ AONB, FSC Flatford Mill is the first and original field study centre set up in the UK during the 1940’s and uses 100% green electricity and aims to be as eco-friendly as possible. Please note that you are visiting a Field Centre that caters mainly for school parties; the accommodation is basic, but warm and comfortable. Most accommodation is in listed buildings.

Please be aware that due to the age of the buildings and their historical status, disabled access is limited. Please ask for more information.

The Centre has a large dining room in The Mill with big tables, benches and chairs - can seat 60 in one sitting. There is a licensed bar stocked with local ales and spirits, wines, soft drinks and snacks – cash only and a small shop selling postcards, books and small gifts.

Recreation Room with table tennis, table football, sofas, TV, DVD player, films, books and board games. A separate library provides a range of reference books along with chairs and pc's with internet connection. There are also five workrooms of varying size seating 16-30. The largest conference suitable space seats 30.

Parking on-site for 30 cars plus free coach parking for FSC customers at the nearby National Trust Car Park.

Campfire on site – but requires supervision and is led as an activity by FSC staff. Must be arranged in advance – fee will apply.

Activities can be arranged for adults and children (subject to availability), these are chargeable and must be booked in advance. Please ask for more information.


Dog Friendly

We do not accommodate pets.

Disabled Facilities

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.


Mobile signal varies depending on network.


Fully catered stays only. We are unable to offer self-catering.

Dining Room

The Centre has a large dining room with big tables and benches and chairs seating 60 in one sitting.

Sitting Room

We have a Recreation Room and Library.

TV and Music Facilities

A communal TV/DVD located in the recreation room.

Games Room

There is a recreation room with table football, TV, DVD player and a selection of board games. There is an outdoor games field close by.

Heating and Open Fires

All heating is either through radiators or underfloor heating controlled centrally.


Total of 25 bedrooms in a mixture of dormitory, single or twin rooms set across 4 buildings.


All linen provided. Please provide your own towels.


Some rooms are en suite, others have bathrooms near by.

Children's Facilities

There are lots of activities for children. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.


The seven hectares of grounds include quiet areas with picnic benches.


Parking on-site for 30 cars plus free coach parking for FSC customers at the nearby National Trust Car Park.


Smoking/vaping is not permitted indoors.

Booking Information

Non-exclusive prices for full board accom start at £45 +VAT pppn. Exclusive hire prices range from £1050 to £1400 +VAT per night (min 2 night stay) plus an additional £24pppn for catering. Deposit required for 10% of the booking or £500 whichever is greater, full balance payable 8 wks before arrival

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FSC Flatford Mill

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Flatford Mill is on the River Stour close to the Suffolk-Essex border.

  • Colchester.
  • Co-op at East Bergholt Village
  • Dining room on site with small bar.There are some pubs in the village of East Bergholt.
  • London Stanstead Airport, 30 miles.
  • Manningtree Rail Station, 1.2 miles.
  • There are some bus routes near by.

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