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We were delighted to host a visit from James Litston to the Dedham Vale at the beginning of September; James stayed at Maison Talbooth – the hotel looks out over the famous Constable views and, of course, the wide East Anglian skies for which this part of the country is renowned for.

The feature appeared in the Daily Mail on Saturday and was arranged by the lovely Helen from Visit Suffolk.

“The Heart of Constable Country …

“There’s a sense of déjà vu about the stretch of river at Flatford Mill. From the bridge outside it, I’m looking across the water at a cottage standing above its reflection, its tiled roof bowed with age. The shallow water before it is fringed with rushes and speckled with pondweed, but it’s not hard to use my imagination to conjure a few extra details. Add in a dog and a man on a cart and voila, you’ve got The Hay Wain — arguably the most famous work by the landscape artist John Constable, who painted his masterpiece from this very spot.

“Flatford lies within the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: a timeless and lovely region that straddles the border between Suffolk and Essex.”

So starts the feature, James carries on to talk about John Constable and who knew that ‘The Hay Wain’ celebrates a 200th anniversary in 2021? Mention too of another famous painter, Sir Alfred Munnings, whose home Castle House is open as a museum; and no visit to the Dedham Vale would be complete without dinner at Le Talbooth. Read the full article here

It just leaves us to say, hopefully this has whet your appetite to visit the Dedham Vale AONB and stay at Maison Talbooth, Milsoms or Idle Waters, our self catering cottage beside the River Stour.  Click the links to find out more and we look forward to welcoming you to ‘Constable Country’ very soon.

Maison Talbooth


Idle Waters

Mon 28 Sep 2020, Sue Bunting