COME AND LIVE ‘IN THE POSTCARD’
You are invited to stay for a for a while in the lovely apartment which forms part of this famous traditional Vicarage, which was sketched by John Constable. A comfortably furnished suite of first-floor rooms provide a wonderful setting for an extended stay.
Over many years this place has provided rest and refreshment to people from all over the world. From temporary re-location from overseas, searching for permanent accommodation in the area, to sabbatical studies, and teaching in the local universities, or a time of retreat and reflection - these are some of the reasons why this Apartment has been a ‘home-from-home’.
For a Longer Stay
The Apartment is no longer available as a short-term holiday or weekend let. Instead we invite guests to stay who wish to use it for at least a week. During your stay you may choose to “be left in peace”, or to share in village life. Only the chiming of the church clock may compete for your attention, and even this has a way of becoming part of the slower pace of the beautiful Vale of Dedham.
The Apartment is available to non-smoking guests who want a comfortable, spacious and traditional kind of accommodation - Dedham is not noted for being trendy ! Although there are two acres of garden, and several more acres of parkland adjacent to it, we regret that there is no accommodation for pets within the house.
Guests share the same front door and main staircase as the Vicarage family - but the Apartment is so well-situated, both within the Vicarage and within the village, that this has seemed a small inconvenience when compared with its very great benefits.
The Apartment has a large Bedroom, with views of the much-painted medieval Church and High Street. Many books, magazines, maps and guides are available for you to use. In this room is a large double bed and a single bed.
A Sitting Room, Dining Room and Kitchen is combined in one large L-shaped room, with a double sofa-bed (useful for guest’s guests) and all the necessary furnishings for a longer stay. Chefs please note that there is only a double hob and a microwave and grill - not a full oven.
There is also a Shower Room and Toilet, equipped with a ‘power shower’ and a good stock of large towels. Shared laundry facilities are also available for a small extra charge.
Access and Parking
Guests are given their own key on arrival so that they may come and go as they please. There is off-road parking (a rare thing in the centre of the village of Dedham) for one standard-size car. It should be considered, however, that there is not room for large or very long vehicles near to the Vicarage.
Please note that this is an historic house with high ceilings; this means that there are nineteen steps to the first-floor Apartment. By arrangement help may be given with luggage, but guest must be able to negotiate the stairs by themselves. This would make it unsuitable for those who are significantly mobility-impaired.