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- Private caravan with own garden and barbecue
- Constable Country: 1.5 miles from Dedham and close to Flatford Mill
- Collect complimentary eggs from the laying hens and meet the horses
Just one... that's how many caravans are available at Dedham Camping near Colchester in Essex. This is scenic land, filled with paths for strolls and cycles and about half an hour from the sea at Clacton and other beaches: bag berths at the single static here to have an artistically budget break in Constable Country all to your party's very own selves.
And it's a rather nice setup on site too. Dedham Camping is family run and on the decorative grounds of a five-acre smallholding a mile and a half from the village of Dedham and close to Flatford Mill – yes, the pic with the horse that was painted by Mr Constable.
There are views of the half-acre garden and a playground for the kids, but the caravan is set in its own fenced garden area for privacy (and free use of the on-site barbecue). Off-street parking is provided for three cars and the site also has secure storage for bicycles.
Rather appropriately for a site near Flaftford Mill, there be horses here too: pony rides may sometimes be available depending on rider age, size and ability (please ask on arrival), but equine enthusiasts of all sizes are welcome to come and meet the horses under the Dedham Camping team's supervision.
That all sounds simply super to us – but there's yet more: guests can collect complimentary eggs from the smallholding's laying hens and pick from the many fruit trees in the garden when in season.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Tents for hire
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Horse riding nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
- Coach stations
Colchester: University of Essex Bus Stop — 5.0 miles
5.0 miles Capel St Mary (Suffolk) Coach Stop — 5.2 miles
5.2 miles Alresford (Essex): Main Rd Coach Stop — 5.3 miles
- Train stations
Manningtree Rail Station — 1.6 miles
1.6 miles Mistley Rail Station — 2.8 miles
2.8 miles Hythe (Essex) Rail Station — 5.1 miles
- Ferry ports
Brightlingsea Ferry Landing — 8.9 miles
8.9 miles Point Clear Ferry Landing — 9.0 miles
9.0 miles Harwich International Ferry Terminal — 10.2 miles
London Southend Airport — 28.6 miles
Head north-east on the Harwich Rd/A137 toward Hazelton Road. Continue to follow the A137 and go through two roundabouts. Continue for about five miles and turn onto Tile Barn Lane. The campsite will be on your left.
Flatford Mill should be a first stop when in this part of Essex... the eighteenth century mill these days and its adjoining miller's cottage are both Grade I-listed and managed by the National Trust, which has added children's activity packs and regular events to the site as well as a guided four-mile walk through the landscape that inspired Constable. (There was quite a bit of it, as additional walks around Dedham and Dedham Vale will show.)
The Essex beach at Clacton-on-Sea is about half an hour's drive from Dedham Camping for seasidey days out; also stop off at neighbouring Southend to see the world's longest pleasure pier and have a ride on the Southend Cliff Railway.
Nearby ancient and Roman Colchester is the oldest recorded town in Britain and should have at least a couple of days devoted to it: see the castle and Castle Museum with mammoth exhibit on the Roman days and ways here, the Natural History Museum and the works at the Minories Gallery.
- firstsite (5.7 miles)
- Colchester Castle Museum (5.8 miles)
- Colchester Zoo (9.2 miles)
- Flatford: Bridge Cottage (1.7 miles)
- Thorington Hall (4.9 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.