Flatford Mill FSC, East Bergholt, Colchester, CO7 6UL
Call them on 01206 297110 (Mon-Fri, 9am–5pm)
OverviewFSC Flatford Mill is the flagship Field Studies Council centre located in Suffolk’s ‘Constable Country’ in Dedham Vale AONB. The centre sleeps 79 across single/twin and larger dorms in three separate internationally important buildings. There’s Willy Lotts’ House, (built in the 1500’s and made famous by John Constable’s ‘Hay Wain’ painting), Valley Farm (a medieval great hall built in the 1450’s) and of course the Mill itself that was owned and renovated by the Constable family in the 1700’s. All types of bookings are welcome including singles, couples, groups of adults, families and extended family groups. Due to Covid-19, rooms are currently offered on a B&B basis at very reasonable rates. Easily reached by road or train (just 1 hour from London), the more adventurous can arrive on foot via St Edmunds Way and Stour Valley footpaths or even along the River Stour by kayak. The centre has received the ‘Good to Go’ mark in recognition of following government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.
Beds & Rooms:78: Flatford Mill 26, Willy Lots House 31, Valley Farm 22
Open:All year. Incl. Xmas & New Year
Price per night:From £25pp (low season) to £40pp (high season). Group discounts.
Booking:Book by phone or email. Reservation deposit required for all reservations, with full balance payable 8 weeks prior to arrival. Please contact us for exact prices, which will depend on the type of stay
Directions:The Centre is located between Colchester & Ipswich, about 10 miles from each, approx. 2 miles from the A12. From the crossroads near the ‘Oranges and Lemons’ cafe in East Bergholt, turn down Flatford Lane. It becomes one-way in your favour after 300m. 300m further on, note the direction arrow to the Field Centre on the tourist sign and turn down a narrow steep-sided lane (do not go into or beyond the Flatford public car park). Bear left at the bottom of the hill. The Centre forecourt is then 200m further on, indicated by an FSC logo and sign on a low wall. Our car park is 150m further down the lane.
Public Transport:Nearest train station is Manningtree (approx. 4 miles). It’s on the main line from London Liverpool St to Ipswich/Norwich line (journey time about 1 hour) or from the North via Peterborough/Ipswich. Free pickup/drop off service available to school groups. The 93 & 93A bus (Colchester to Ipswich) are operated by Ipswich Buses and run through East Bergholt. Ask for the Kings Head/Oranges and Lemons bus stop and then walk down to the Centre using the by car directions above.
Walks:Long Distance Walks
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Step into the picture perfect Flatford Mill
August 31st 2021
The original FSC. On the bank of the river Stour this centre sleeps up to 79 people! But bed count aside the Mill is known for its rich history, marking it as a site of cultural importance. ‘Willy Lotts’ house particularly, being built in the 1500s has been recognised internationally by its portrayal in the painting ‘hay wain’ by John Constables.
And of course Flatford Mill is an ideal place for school trips too. Being the first field studies centre set up in the UK there’s good reason for it’s location. The Deadham Vale AONB is well renowned for the wildlife and natural history found within it. For more info about the exciting opportunities available get in touch!