Paint a Picture in Constable Country

Verdant rolling hills, cornfields and half-timbered houses all feature in this packaged tour taking in the picturesque medieval market towns and countryside of some of southern England’s oldest counties. Visits to the Beth Chatto Gardens, Green Island Gardens and the Colne Valley Railway are all included as well as a half day step-on guided tour of scenic Constable Country.
Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Beth Chatto Gardens & Colchester
This morning, we visit the breathtaking Beth Chatto Gardens created by ten times Chelsea Gold Medal winner, Beth Chatto. During our 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 at leisure in Colchester, the oldest recorded town in the country with its Roman Temple, Norman Castle and medieval timber framed houses.

Day 3 Saffron Walden & Green Island Gardens
After breakfast we travel to the delightful medieval market town of Saffron Walden. A market has been held here since 1141, with market days now on Tuesdays and Saturdays. 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 Green Island Gardens which have been laid out as a series of structured gardens including Terrace, Japanese garden, huge island beds and water gardens.

Day 4 Constable Country & Colne Valley Railway
This morning, we enjoy a half day ‘step-on’ guided tour of Constable Country, which travels through Dedham Vale, 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 afternoon, we enjoy a short journey on the Colne Valley Railway along its mile long track alongside relocated station buildings, signal boxes and bridges.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.

Marks Tey Hotel SureStay Hotel Collection by Best Western

Colchester, Essex
AAA Free Onsite Coach Parking
This modern, 4 star hotel provides 110 elegant bedrooms; there is no lift but ground floor rooms are available. The restaurant is light and airy and there is also a spacious lounge/bar area. The extensive leisure club includes an indoor swimming pool, steam room, sauna, gym and tennis courts

Marks Tey Hotel SureStay Hotel Collection by Best Western

Colchester, Essex
4 Nights Half Board
2020 Twin from £279pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £107
Based on Thursday arrivals

• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Gardeners Tour of Beth Chatto Gardens
• Entrance to Green Island Gardens
• Half day step-on guided tour of ‘Constable Country’
• Return journey on the Colne Valley Railway
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£279 for 5 days

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