FSC Flatford Mill is the first and original field study centre set up in the UK during the 1940’s. It is the Centre for Constable Country, set amidst the quintessentially English countryside of the Dedham Vale in Suffolk and sits on the banks of the River Stour.
The property offers simple accommodation for those who want a convenient base for good walking. The centre offers a range of room types, split between two different buildings; Willy Lotts' House (built in the 1500s and made famous by John Constable's 'The Haywain' painting), and Valley Farm (a medieval great hall built in the 1450s) with layouts ranging from single and twin bedded rooms up to dormitories with bunk beds. If you book a single occupancy room, you will have ample space and often various beds in the room as usually the room would be multi occupied.
Please note that the bedrooms on offer are an eclectic mix and we ask that you bear this in mind before booking. You will be staying in one of two, very old buildings with original features. Bathrooms are clean and modern and bedrooms vary in size. You may have a single bed or a bunk bed. One bedroom located in Valley Farm is very spacious however there is an original staircase up to the bedroom. There are handrails but we ask you to be cautious with the original features. Some ceilings are also low and some floorboards are slanted at an angle. We ask that you enjoy the features of an old building and you do not join this holiday with the expectation of modern accommodation. Please also note it is not possible to request to stay in a particular building. Rooms will be allocated by the centre just before arrival of the group.
We are offering en suite accommodation for this holiday on a single occupancy or twin occupancy basis and the style of room you receive will be split amongst the rooms types noted above. Please note that some en-suite rooms do not have a bathroom directly in the bedroom, but you will have your own private bathroom facilities just outside your bedroom. There is also the opportunity to book one single room with shared facilities at a reduced price.
Rooms are very simple in style, with limited facilities (no TV, no hairdryers, no telephone, no seating area and little storage facilities) with bed linen and one towel provided. If you require more towels, please bring these with you. There are tea & coffee making facilities in the bedrooms.
The centre has a dining room offering breakfast and evening meals and spacious common areas. There is complimentary Wi-Fi on site. The centre doesn't have a bar, however soft drinks and alcoholic drinks are on sale in the dining room.
There is car parking on site and check in is from 2pm on the day of arrival, with departure after breakfast on the last day by 10am.
*Please note that this accommodation type is different from the majority of hotels we choose for our UK holidays. The accommodation is more hostel than hotel and as described above is simple which is reflected in the holiday price*