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 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.

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  • 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). Discounts for groups.
  • 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:

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


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News & Offers from Flatford Mill FSC

From 21st May you can stay once more at Flatford Mill

March 24th 2021

Individuals, couples, households and groups (in line with the latest Government guidelines) can book room only, B&B, full or half board. This is a fantastic opportunity to stay in this historic setting, made famous by Constable’s painting ‘The Hay Wain’.

flatford mill in south east england taken in autumn

You have a unique opportunity to stay in Flatford Mill the flagship FSC centre

August 22nd 2020

Once owned by John Constable’s family and site of his famous painting the Hay Wain, accommodation in Flatford mill is now being offered on a B & B basis to individuals, couples, families and extended families.

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the Field Studies Council have started offering rooms on B & B basis at many of their wonderful centres.  Flatford Mill, their original and arguably their best centre, is steeped in history.  Don’t miss out on this chance to stay in this iconic building.

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Flatford Mill FSC. Exterior

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