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With its quaint, pretty-in-pastel High Street, cute tea shops and charming churches, this littlevillage in Essex is a quintessential countryside escape from the city. But what makes it extraspecial is the surrounding Dedham Vale. Officially an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s also known as ‘Constable Country’, after the artist John Constable who made the gorgeous, rural area famous with his paintings. RECOMMENDED: Visit nearby Lavenham, Aldeburgh or Cambridge.