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About Dedham

Dedham, and the surrounding rural beauty of the Dedham Vale, was John Constable’s painting ground, a countryside of meandering waterways, peaceful lanes, picturesque old cottages and plenty of greenery. Our pick of the best places to stay in Dedham are all ideally placed to enjoy this stunning area.

You might not see horse drawn carts and jovial farmers these days, but not too much else has changed and this land abounds with charm and views.

Explore the region on foot, or by bike, through leafy lanes, and see the ancient churches and old farmhouses at a relaxed pace.

Constable fans will want to see Flatford Mill, the red-brick mill in many of his canvases, and Bridge Cottage, which is right beside it, and, as well as appearing in many of his works, is now a museum to the artist.

Many of the best places to stay in Dedham offer Constable-esque views.

For a charming old coaching inn

    • We'd recommend The Sun Inn, a gorgeous coaching inn right in the heart of Dedham - opposite the church Constable was fond of painting. There are just seven rooms, some with four poster beds.

    Just out of Dedham

      • Milsoms is a 15 room boutique hotel with a lively bar/ brasserie, close to the River Stour as it meanders through beautiful Dedham Vale. Each room is individually designed and decorated, and, it’s a cliche, but there’s something for everyone here.
      • Maison Talbooth is the sister hotel to Milsoms. This is a flashier effort, with a pool, tennis courts, spa facilities and a more gourmet restaurant. The 12 rooms start from £220 per night.

        Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Dedham, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Or expand your search and take a look at all of our Suffolk and Essex recommendations.

        Best Hotels in Dedham

        • The Sun Inn 7 rooms from $137


          Charming old coaching inn in Constable's village of Dedham, opposite the church he used to paint. Just seven rooms, beautifully appointed, some with four posters.

          Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
          Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
          Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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        • Milsoms 15 rooms from $163

          Colchester, Essex

          Where the River Stour meanders through Constable country in beautiful Dedham Vale, eat, drink and stay, at this boutique Hotel with a vibrant bar and lively brasserie serving excellent food. Close by is sister hotel Maison Talbooth with spa, swimming pool and tennis court

          Exclusive offer  -  Munnings Collection Package
          Sights nearby  -  Flatford Mill and Munnings Museum close by
          Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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        • Maison Talbooth 12 rooms from $287

          Colchester, Essex

          Quirky Essex hotel and spa in the heart of Constable country, with a pool and tennis, and spa facilities. Popular for hen parties and exclusive use.

          Exclusive offer  -  Gourmet Getaway
          Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
          Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
          Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
          Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
          Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel
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