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About Dedham

Dedham is often referred to as the centre of “Constable Country”, named for the area’s famed local artist, who was so inspired by the beauty of this region that he painted many landscapes featuring its scenes of rural idyll. Our pick of the best places to stay in Dedham include a charming pub-with-rooms with Constable’s church view, a charming country spa hotel, and an elegant boutique hotel in Dedham Vale.

In this part of the country it’s still the picturesque natural views that draw many visitors. Expect scenes of canals and meandering waterways, rustic-looking cottages and historic buildings, water meadows and green wooded areas. This is wonderful countryside to explore on foot, or on two wheels, and there are plenty of trails and tracks that make this easy. In the summer you may even consider exploring by boat, or doing a spot of wild swimming.

When it comes to formal attractions, the best places to stay in Dedham are convenient for the Castle House Gallery, with its collection of work by former Royal Academy President, Alfred Munnings; the Granary Barn and Museum in Flatford, which houses work by the famous local-based forger, Tom Keating; and a very good collection of National Trust houses. Dedham today is a a charming village, well set up to accommodate guests, with tea rooms, cute boutiques and galleries and a good selection of cafes, bars and restaurants.

The Best Places to Stay in Dedham

Best Pubs-with-Rooms

  • The Sun Inn is a characterful 15th century pub-with-rooms, in central Dedham opposite the church that appears in several of Constable’s paintings. It has just seven rooms, all of them individually decorated — some with a more traditional feel, others with contemporary style decor. The pub is friendly and historic, with a family-friendly restaurant menu and a large garden. Roll-away beds are available for families, and dogs are welcome too.

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Travel Information

  • The closest airports to Dedham are London’s airports, with London Stansted Airport about 45 minutes away by car or taxi, or an hour and a quarter by bus. If you’re travelling via central London by train, the journey will take you from Liverpool Street to Manningtree Station, which is about five minutes away by taxi.
  • If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • Dedham, and the surrounding Dedham Vale area, is known for its natural beauty, so it’s most popular with visitors during spring and summer, when the days are longer and lighter, and walking conditions are most comfortable. The warmer months are also easiest for getting out on the river and riverside picnicking. But Dedham’s pubs and historic houses issue a warm welcome in autumn and winter too, and there will be far fewer visitors.

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Best Hotels in Dedham

  • The Sun Inn, Dedham Dedham 7 rooms from £145

    Families  -  Kids menus, spacious rooms, a garden with swings and slides and local kid's activies such as the Zoo
    Local exploring  -  The B&B is an ideal base for exploring the wonders of Suffolk and Essex
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the village of Dedham with its fine Grade I-listed Georgian architecture and medieval buildings
    Great walks  -  Stroll along the River Stour and admire the Water Meadows and wildfowl
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyParking
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays, I Escape

    A charming 15th-century pub with seven rooms, situated in the heart of Constable's hometown. Rooms are comfortable and quirky some with four-poster beds, fireplaces and others a more modern feel. Excellent restaurant with regularly changing menu featuring the best seasonal produce. See More

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