As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Dedham Vale, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of hotels, B&Bs, self-catering and campsites in this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in southeast England.
Whether you’re after a charming country cottage, a boutique hotel or peaceful, riverside campsite, visitors come to this part of the world to get lost in the gentle landscapes and immerse themselves in its history and culture.
We’ve put together a list of our top picks for green places to stay, and there is something here to suit everyone from families to couples, adventure seekers to culture vultures.
Each place we have listed is committed to conserving the stunning natural environment that attracts so many people here. So whatever matters most to you, whether it’s starting the day with a full English breakfast of locally reared sausages and freshly laid eggs, or being able to set out on foot and explore right from your front door, we’ve got it covered.
Bedford Lodge Hotel, Newmarket, United Kingdom
A characterful Georgian hunting lodge on the edge of Newmarket which mixes history and tradition with contemporary comfort and touches of luxury. The award-winning restaurant serves an eclectic menu of local, seasonal ingredients. bedfordlodgehotel.co.uk
Lattice Lodge, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
A 4-Star, Silver Award urban eco-friendly B&B, which prides itself on its friendliness, cleanliness and use of local produce and suppliers. latticelodge.co.uk
The Angel Inn, Dedham Vale, England
The Angel Inn is a lovely, traditional country pub in Stoke by Nayland, in the heart of the Dedham Vale AONB. There are six boutique bedrooms, all with en-suite and beautifully styled to reflect the history of this Grade II listed building. angelinnsuffolk.co.uk
Rosemary B&B, Dedham Vale, England
You’ll find this pretty B&B is in the village of East Bergholt, childhood home of John Constable and right at the heart of Dedham Vale. It has three cosy twin-bedded rooms, each with a washbasin, TV and tea-making facilities. rosemarybnb.wordpress.com
Maison Talbooth, Dedham Vale, England
Maison Talbooth is a hotel with added wow factor: 12 suites with a super kingsize bed, Egyptian cotton sheets, goose feather duvets and luxurious duvets, plus pool house, award-winning restaurant and fabulous new spa milsomhotels.com
Rushbanks Farm Campsite, Dedham Vale, Essex
Just a short distance along the River Stour from the pretty 15th-century village of Nayland is Rushbanks, the only official campsite in Dedham Vale. It’s a peaceful, family-friendly site with simple facilities and is particularly good for boaters. rushbankscampsite.co.uk
The Grove Cottages, Dedham Vale, Essex
28 self-catering cottages, huts and barns, each with their own unique character and set in peaceful country surroundings in the beautiful Dedham Vale countryside, suitable for couples, larger groups and families. grove-cottages.co.uk
Larch & Spruce Cottages, Dedham Vale, Essex
Two Scandinavian-style cottages sleeping up to four situated in a field in the Box Valley. Footpaths from the doorstep, the South Suffolk cycle route close by and great food at the16th-century White Horse Inn pub next door. edwardstonewhitehorse.co.uk
Gladwins Farm, Dedham Vale, England
Nine cottages converted from traditional farm buildings into comfortable accommodation for between 2-8 people. Lovely original features, private patios, and 22 wonderful acres of rolling countryside to explore on foot or by bike. gladwinsfarm.co.uk
The Threshing Barn, Dedham Vale, England
One of two beautifully converted properties in the grounds of Lamarsh Hall, a 15th-century home in the peaceful village of Lamarsh. Fresh produce from owner Helen's veg garden, footpaths galore and Gainsborough's house moments away. holidaycottages.net
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