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“Beautiful (if muddy)”
Review of Flatford Mill

Flatford Mill
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed April 5, 2018

This is my favourite place to bring my dog or my kids for a walk. There's a lovely barn displaying the Constable paintings inspired by this location, a guided walk so you can see the views as they look now, and a wonderful cafe by the river for a restorative bite of cake after your walk. Expect mud if there's been any amount of rain, but come prepared and you'll have a great time.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Natasha P
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

Lovely little hidden hamlet with of course the John Constable painting associations.
When we visited 4th April the river was in full flood which was interesting in itself but of course some of the walks were rather muddy. One slight moan was the path from the car park was a bit muddy in parts and could do with a bit of attention. OK we never had any wellies but could have stayed nice and clean if the path was maintained a little better once at the end you can stay on the road. It looked as though the cafe was limited in the food offered. None the less a very enjoyable visit and would go again.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank ChucklesUK2014
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

Having chosen probably the coldest day of the year son far to visit Constable Country, we parked in the fine dedicated National Trust Car Park (free for members, otherwise £4) and walked through the lovely preserved setting of many of Constable's famous paintings. The hamlet of Flatford Mill beautifully preserves at least five landscapes upon which Constable chose to use as subjects of his paintings, inclusive of "The Haywain - 1820-21", one of England's most famous ever paintings. Whilst this particular setting against Willy Lott's House remains preseved for all to visit, the assemblage of other buildings, the Mill and the River Stour provided settings for Constable's "Boat Building near Flatford Mill - 1814-15", "View on the Stour near Dedham - 1822", Flatford Mill 1816-17" A Boat passing a Lock - 1826" and "Boys Fishing - 1812", all seminal paintings by Constable! Everyone with any intetrest in Constable, Suffolk countryside, mills and rivers will love this compact Hamlet, which was pleasantly free of people whilst we were in attendance, principally because it was well below freezing, snowy and windy. Check this place out for yourslf and finish your visit with Coffee and Cakes in the NT tearooms, overlooking the Stour! Lovely.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank maplesteve
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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

The National Trust have done a wonderful job here maintaining this landscape; the view of Willy Lott’s cottage looks unchanged from John Constable’s most famous picture - the “Hay Wain”. There’s a small gift shop and very good NT cafe serving lunches and cakes. Also here is a RSPB reserve so the two places can be combined in one visit. Just be aware that the usual NT road signs seem to be missing so it’s best to put the postcode in your SatNav.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

Visited on Easter Sunday. paid £4 to park (free for NT members). There was a little nature type walk. The area was quite flooded because of recent rain. Walked around. Saw the spot where the Haywain and other paintings were inspired. Did an Easter egg hunt walking around a rather muddy orange route walk but it was a lot of fun (£2.50). The tea room was very busy so didn't go in there. Some really nice old buildings to look at. Will revisit in the summer for sure.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank MadhouseEssex_
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