Picture Perfect Constable Country
5 days away from £419
Verdant rolling hills, cornfields and half-timbered houses with vaulted ceilings all feature in this jam-packed holiday taking in picturesque medieval market towns and surrounding picture-perfect countryside.
- Four nights dinner, bed and breakfast.
- Admission to the Beth Chatto Gardens.
- Guided tour of Constable Country.
- Entry to Audley End House.
- Excursions as detailed.
- Free use of the hotels leisure facilities.
We make the journey to our hotel with a stop and free time in the city of Cambridge, the famous university city lying on the river Cam.D
This morning we visit the breathtaking Beth Chatto Gardens created by ten times Chelsea Gold Medal winner, Beth Chatto. During the Gardeners Tour we are given an in-depth insight into the philosophy and history of Beth Chatto and her gardens. We spend the rest of the day in Colchester, the oldest recorded town in the country. From a Roman Temple, Norman Castle and medieval timber framed houses to Victorian architectural splendour, there is plenty for us to explore at our leisure.B, D
After breakfast we travel to the delightful medieval market town of Saffron Walden. A market has been held here since 1141 and we visit on market day. Don't miss the beautiful Bridge End Garden, a restored Victorian garden with a wonderful yew hedge maze and sunken Dutch Garden. We then make our way to Audley End House & Gardens. Built in the 1600s and lived in until 1948, this Jacobean mansion has been re-dressed to evoke its Victorian heyday both above and below stairs. There are also stunning 'Capability' Brown landscaped gardens and horses to visit in the working stable block.B, D
This morning, we will enjoy a half day 'step-on' guided tour of Constable Country, which will include Dedham Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the area where John Constable lived and created most of his paintings, the chocolate-box village of Lavenham, known as England's finest medieval village, and Sudbury, birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough. In the early afternoon, we make our way to Tiptree which is famous for its delicious preserves. Once there, we will enjoy time in the Visitor Centre (free admission) where we learn more about the history of the village and the making of different preserves.B, D
We begin our journey home following a leisurely breakfast and take a stop for free time in Bury St Edmunds. We arrive back home early evening.
B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included
Best Western Marks Tey Hotel ***
This modern, 4-star hotel provides elegant rooms, each equipped with hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. There is no lift but ground floor rooms are available on request. The Brasserie Restaurant offers excellent, contemporary cuisine in light and airy surroundings. The hotel also offers a spacious lounge/bar area and an extensive leisure club comprising an indoor swimming pool, steam room, sauna, gym and tennis courts.
Deposits for holidays are as follows:
Value £70-£100pp - £25pp deposit
Value £100-£500pp - £50pp deposit
Value over £500pp - £75pp deposit
The full balance of holidays is due at least 6 weeks before the trip. Bookings made within 6 weeks must be paid in full at the time of booking.
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