Flatford is situated in the picturesque Dedham Vale. The River Stour runs through Flatford onto Dedham, Manningtree and finally the North sea, at Harwich.
The many trees that line the Stour from Flatford to Dedham are a magnet for photographers especially on frosty days in winter.
Many people associate Flatford and the surrounding area with the artist and painter John Constable and his famous painting of the 'Hay Wain'. Flatford Mill is a grade I listed watermill originally built in 1733. Attached to the mill is the miller's cottage, also grade I listed. The mill was once owned by Constable's father.
Further on from the mill is Willy Lott's cottage (Grade I listed) which also appeared in Constables paintings. The cottage was named after willy Lott who was a tenant farmer.
Other buildings of interest near Flatford Mill are Valley Farm (Grade I listed) and Bridge Cottage (Grade II listed)
Many people associate the area with the artist and painter John Constable and his famous painting 'The Hay Wane.'