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Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

Natural Beauty & Architectural Splendours Of Suffolk

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8915

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

HH 2022

PRICE FROM ? £695 per person
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Description

Beautiful Suffolk has plenty to discover, from a glorious coastline to rolling countryside and picturesque towns. On this fascinating break we visit some of the most interesting and diverse houses of the county, as we uncover secrets of the family home of Kentwell Hall, see what life was like ‘below stairs’ in the 16th-century Glemham Hall and marvel at the many treasures of the lavish Somerleyton Hall. To complete our wonderful exploration of Suffolk, we also admire glorious gardens set in the region’s extensive estates.

Self Drive Itinerary

Sunday: Arrival
Check in to the Holiday Inn Ipswich in the afternoon. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager.

Monday: Kentwell Hall & Sudbury
Our first visit takes us to Kentwell Hall, a romantic, moated, mellow red brick Tudor mansion in a tranquil parkland setting. Once neglected, the Hall has been lovingly restored by the current owner, Patrick Phillips, slowly returning it to its former glory. We enjoy a private guided tour of this much-loved family home and have time to explore the beautiful gardens before enjoying lunch here.

We continue to the historic market town of Sudbury, located on the River Stour, where we enjoy a guided walking tour. The town is known for its links to Thomas Gainsborough, England’s renowned 18th-century portrait painter, who was born here and was inspired by the glorious surrounding countryside.

After dinner this evening, we enjoy an interesting themed talk from a guest speaker.

Tuesday: Somerleyton Hall & West Stow Hall
We spend the morning at Somerleyton Hall, one of the finest Victorian stately homes in the country. The original Jacobean manor house was lavishly rebuilt in the Italianate style by Sir Morton Peto and architect John Thomas. Now home to Lord and Lady Somerleyton, the inside of the house is a pastiche of styles from high Victorian splendour in the chintz ballroom to the dark Jacobean Oak Parlour. The house also contains many fine portraits of the Crossley family, tapestries and two stuffed Polar bears – souvenirs of Lord Somerleyton's 1897 excursion to the Arctic. Our guided tour brings this fabulous house to life.

Afterwards we visit West Stow Hall, one of England’s most unusual Tudor houses and still a family home. Built in the early 16th century by Sir John Croftes, ‘Master of the Horse to Mary Tudor’, the Hall consists of large timber frames joined by iron ties while the lounge has one of the largest inglenooks in Suffolk. The highly decorative brick gatehouse has turrets surmounted by terracotta figures and contains a very rare 16th-century wall painting of the Four Ages of Man, discovered during Victorian restorations. We learn more about the history of the house on a private guided tour with the owners.

Wednesday: Glemham Hall & Helmingham Hall Gardens
Glemham Hall is a charming manor house, built around 1560 by the de Glemham family. On our guided tour, we explore the depths of the cellars up to the servants quarters in the attic, an area largely untouched by restoration where we can get a real sense of life ‘below stairs’. Our tour also uncovers art, historical events and the lives of some of the hall’s previous occupants.

Next, we head to Helmingham Hall Gardens where we enjoy lunch before exploring the beautiful gardens, set within a 400 acre deer park surrounding the spectacular Tudor moated Hall. Named ‘Garden of the Year 2017’ by Historic Houses and extensively redesigned by the current Lady Tollemache, a well-known garden designer and Chelsea Gold Medallist, the gardens include a classic parterre flanked by hybrid musk roses, a stunning walled kitchen garden with exquisite herbaceous borders and beds of vegetables, a herb and knot garden as well as a beautiful rose garden.

Thursday: Departure
After breakfast, we check out of the hotel for our journey home.

Please note: the itinerary order is subject to change and guided tours are subject to availability. 

Self Drive Bullets

  • 4 nights at the 4-star Holiday Inn Ipswich with dinner & breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After-dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Kentwell Hall, Sudbury, Somerleyton Hall, West Stow Hall, Glemham Hall & Helmingham Hall Gardens
  • Private guided tour and lunch* at Kentwell Hall
  • Guided walking tour of Sudbury
  • Guided tour of Somerleyton Hall
  • Private guided tour with the owners of West Stow Hall
  • Guided tour of Glemham Hall
  • Lunch* at Helmingham Hall Gardens
  • Themed evening talk from a guest speaker
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

    *Please inform us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements.

Search Bullets

  • 4 nights at the 4-star Holiday Inn Ipswich with dinner & breakfast
  • Visits to Kentwell Hall, Sudbury, Somerleyton Hall, West Stow Hall, Glemham Hall & Helmingham Hall Gardens
  • Private guided tour and lunch* at Kentwell Hall
  • Guided walking tour of Sudbury
  • Guided tour of Somerleyton Hall
  • Private guided tour with the owners of West Stow Hall
  • Guided tour of Glemham Hall
  • Lunch* at Helmingham Hall Gardens
  • Themed evening talk from a guest speaker
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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Accommodation

4-star Holiday Inn Ipswich

The 4-star Holiday Inn Ipswich is situated on the outskirts of the city. The modern rooms offer air-conditioning, Freeview TV and tea and coffee-making facilities. The hotel also features a lounge bar, restaurant, indoor swimming pool, spa, sauna, steam room and gym.

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