Flatford near our Suffolk holiday cottages

Flatford Mill

Ok, just about dipping our toes into Essex but it still feels like Suffolk and it’s only 20 minutes down the road from Woodfarm Barns.

Flatford Mill is accessible by road and has a car park. It’s National Trust so if you’re not a member it’s £3 to park. It’s also accessible by foot along the river from Dedham, which is a gorgeous 25-minute walk (Free parking).

Boats at Flatford

It’s very unspoilt here, though it is a really popular tourist destination. There is a small John Constable museum as this truly is the heart of Constable Country. It’s the setting for many of his famous paintings including the Haywain. It’s idyllic here and even being a local, it’s still one of my favourite places to go, which I do on a regular basis.


Constable Exhibition

You can choose a gentle stroll or take to the river Stour, either in a rowing boat or there are motor-boat tours, which pootle along. I also kayak along here and whilst that’s bordering on the energetic, it’s still an incredibly relaxing way to spend an afternoon.

Thatched Barn at Flatford

Kayaking on the Stour

As well as the breathtaking views and the museum there is also a National Trust tea room, which is very modern and has great seating along the banks of the river, inside and out.

For more info, directions, etc., have a look at the details for Bridge Cottage on the National Trust website.

Reasons to Stay at Woodfarm, Suffolk

We happen to think what we have on offer is pretty bloomin' good. However, we thought you might like a bunch of reasons to stay, other than we think you should!

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Brilliant beaches! Suffolk has an incredible Heritage Coast, with great beaches, all in easy reach of us.

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Dogs stay FREE, and we don't just tolerate them, we welcome them! We've built our reputation on this, and we're proud of it!

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Pawesome, fully-enclosed two acre Pooch Paddock for your Dogs to go bonkers and make new friends in.

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Free Doggy treats, Dog bowls, and Dog towels. Our furry friends even get Woodfarm branded poop bag holders!

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Visit England Gold Awards coming out of our ears, as well as their coveted ROSE Award for Service Excellence.

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Well in excess of 1,000 Five Star Tripadvisor, Facebook & Google Reviews. Over 25% of our guests come back!

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Private Hot tubs with seven of our eight Barns and Cottages. The ultimate in relaxation, just because you're worth it.

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Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Yes, plural. Two AONB's on our doorstep! Suffolk Coast & Heaths, and Dedham Vale.

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Stunning river walks directly from your gangplank on either Barge! Wildlife and breathtaking scenery in abundance.

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