Constable Country

Constable Country is an extremely varied part of Suffolk with many historical and artistic links. Within its boundaries is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and many of its towns and villages are steeped in history, from Boudicea's stand against the Romans, invasions by the Vikings, settlement by the Normans and the early 'industrialisation' created by a thriving wool trade.

The River Stour, one of the longest and most beautiful rivers in East Anglia, little changed over the centuries, winds its way through a wide pastoral and wooded valley to the coast at Manningtree. Inspiration to artists over the centuries, its landscape inspired great works by Constable, Gainsborough, Munnings and Nash. Scenes represented in many of these paintings – The Hay Wain at Flatford Mill – remain familiar to us today. With delightful village pubs, fine restaurants, peaceful country walks and cycle paths this is an area to explore at a leisurely pace.

The pretty market town of Hadleigh, from the Norse – Haethlega – a heath-covered place - has evidence of 1st century occupation in the remains of a Roman villa on the east of the town and of a 5th century pagan Saxon settlement in the area around George Street. The ninth and tenth century saw occupation by Viking settlers. From then on Hadleigh's prosperity grew with the development of the wool trade in mid Suffolk. The inheritance for us is a wealth of fine medieval houses; the 15th century grade 1 listed Guildhall and Deanery Tower.

In the Dedham Vale AONB very little has changed over the past two centuries. In the village of Dedham itself the village retains a delightful mixture of Tudor framed buildings and Georgian fronted town houses. A paradise for artists, it was home to Sir Alfred Munnings, famous for his equine paintings, and being President of the Royal Academy from 1944 to 1949.

Stratford St Mary is the southern most village in Suffolk important since Roman times as a crossing point of the river Stour – Stratford St Mary means ‘street over the ford’. There are three fine old pubs, including The Swan, in the village from where you can walk down to the river and see the old lock and millpond popularised by Constable’s paintings. Many of the buildings date back to the wealthy days of the wool trade, including The Weavers, a fine example of a 16th century weaver’s cottage, its wide windows designed to maximise the light to enable the weavers to do their work.

The birthplace of John Constable, East Berholt, was a centre for cloth production until the late 16th century, when the wool trade collapsed. Such a sudden downturn in wealth meant that the tower of St Mary's Church was never finished and a wooden bell cage was built in the churchyard instead in 1531 which still remains today.

Flatford is the scene of one of Constable’s most famous pictures, the Hay Wain, showing Willy Lott's house in the background. Now run by the National Trust, the facilities include the Bridge House containing the John Constable Exhibition, Flatford Mill, Willy Lott’s House and Valley Farm, which are leased to The Field Studies Council. The River Stour Trust operate an electric launch for river trips at certain times during the season.



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Stoke by Nayland, Constable Country

LOD5

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  • 5 Star
  • This beautiful penthouse lodge is the ideal base for any couple looking to unwind and relax. The lodge offers guests a real touch of luxury being surrounded by beautiful countryside views and having access to onsite facilities.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool
  • Beach 23 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Stoke by Nayland, Constable Country

LOD1

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  • 5 Star
  • Experience a real touch of luxury with this 1 bedroom lodge. With beautiful views over the golf courses and surrounding countryside, it is a real gem.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool
  • Beach 23 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Stoke by Nayland, Constable Country

LOD7

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  • This idyllic Penthouse Lodge nestled within the beautiful Suffolk countryside is the ideal base for any couple looking to kick back and relax during their self catering break.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool
  • Beach 23 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Hadleigh, Constable Country

SFOBH

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£520 - £740
per week
From £390 for a 3-night stay
  • This lovely hideaway is just the place for a couple who wish to explore the many delights of Constable Country. The property itself, a superbly furnished converted barn, is both comfortable and stylish.
  • 2 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Kersey, Constable Country

PRI2

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£460 - £780
per week
From £345 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Primrose Cottage is a cosy cottage, full of character and perfect for a romantic getaway. The village of Kersey is very pretty and Lavenham is easily accessible from this location.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pub 0.5 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Stoke by Nayland, Constable Country

LOD3

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  • 5 Star
  • Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life? Look no further! Be transported into the heart of the countryside with beautiful views, luxurious accommodation and onsite facilities to allow you to truly unwind and relax.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool
  • Beach 23 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

The Old Chapel Annexe

TOCA

The Cartlodge

CLO

Bramley

LOD6

Stoke by Nayland, Constable Country

LOD4

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  • 5 Star
  • Situated on the outskirts of Suffolk this 2 bedroom lodge is a real hidden gem. Offering flexible accommodation, an onsite spa, restaurant, golf course and more it is the ideal base for any small family or group of friends looking to take a break in the beautiful Suffolk Countryside.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool
  • Beach 23 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Pimpernel

LOD10

The Old Post Office

THPO

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