Picture-Perfect Constable Country

Verdant rolling hills, cornfields and half-timbered houses with vaulted ceilings all feature in this jam-packed packaged tour taking in the picturesque medieval market towns and surrounding picture-perfect countryside of some of southern England’s oldest counties.
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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 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.

Day 3 Saffron Walden & Audley End House & 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 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.

Day 4 Constable Country & Tiptree
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 entry) where we learn more about the history of the village and the making of different preserves.

Day 5 Departure
We make our way home today.
Legend

Best Western Marks Tey Hotel

Colchester
AAA Double for Single Occupancy Great Touring Location
This modern, 4 star hotel provides 110 elegant edrooms, each equipped with hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. There is no lift but ground floor rooms are available. 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. Coach parking is on-site and is free of charge.

Best Western Marks Tey Hotel

Colchester, Essex
4 Nights Half Board
Apr & Oct 2019 Twin from £244pp
May, Jun & Sept 2019 Twin from £254pp
Jul & Aug 2019 Twin from £259pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £95
Based on Thursday arrivals

Inclusions
• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Gardeners Tour of Beth Chatto Gardens
• Half day step-on guided tour of ‘Constable Country’
• Entrance to Audley End House & Gardens
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£244 for 5 days

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