Flatford Mill FSC, East Bergholt, Colchester, CO7 6UL

Call them on 01206 297110 (Mon-Fri, 9am–5pm)


FSC Flatford Mill is the flagship Field Studies Council centre located in Suffolk’s ‘Constable Country’ in Dedham Vale AONB. The centre sleeps 78 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 ‘Haywain’ 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. The centre, always very popular with groups from schools, clubs and universities, is now welcoming groups of friends and families to stay in this historic setting. Facilities include a huge dining hall, communal/games room, library, 5 workrooms available for separate hire plus a games field, campfire area, river frontage, picnic benches and much more. 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. Full board only.

This accommodation is featured on our map of South of England and South East England and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    78: 10 x single/twin. 15 x 3+ (many en suite)
  • Open:

    All year. Incl. Xmas & New Year
  • Price per night:

    Full board, incl packed lunch £50+vat pp. Minimum charge £1560.00 +VAT, per night, full board.
  • 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 Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation is available only to groups, is a Green Business Award Winner and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the Field Studies Council page and the map of accommodation for school groups.


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
mMeals available (with notice)
nBreakfast available (with notice)
8Green Tourism Award: Gold
uWithin 3 miles of NCN
wGroups Only


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