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Stately Suffolk & Constable Country

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS9060

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

Heritage 2021

PRICE FROM ? £495 per person
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Description

Suffolk is a county filled with picturesque countryside vistas, charming villages and historic wool towns that have changed little since Tudor times, with their timber-framed buildings and crooked streets. We step back in time in lovely Lavenham, one of the best preserved and wealthiest towns in Tudor England, and explore Constable Country, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where we walk in the footsteps of painter John Constable, discovering the stunning rural landscapes that inspired his greatest work.

Itinerary

Excursion One – Paycocke's House and Garden, Coggeshall & Marks Hall Estate
We head to the picturesque market town of Coggeshall, known for its many beautiful listed buildings, many of which are timber-framed dating back as far as the 14th century. We pay a visit to Paycocke'sHouse, an exquisitely carved half-timbered Tudor cloth merchant’s house built around 1500. The house is a testament to the wealth generated by the cloth trade in East Anglia in the 16th century and we learn more about the fascinating story of Paycocke’s riches to rags decline and Edwardian restoration on our guided tour. The tour also encompasses the tranquil cottage garden, a hidden Arts & Crafts gem created during the renovation of Paycocke's.

After our visit, we have free time to explore Coggeshall before continuing on to Marks Hall Estate. A striking heritage landscape that extends to over 2,200 acres of countryside, the estate includes broadleaved woodlands, relaxing lakes, an 18th-century walled garden with beautiful herbaceous borders and a stunning Arboretum featuring a tree collection from all the temperate regions of the world, with areas representing Europe, Asia, North America and the Southern Hemisphere.

Excursion Two – Lavenham, Lavenham Guildhall & Melford Hall
Picturesque Lavenham is a remarkably well-preserved Tudor village which was one of the richest towns in England during the 15th century thanks to the woollen-cloth industry. Here we enjoy a guided walking tour learning more about the village’s fascinating history. We also visit Lavenham Guildhall, a fine timber-framed building that is a potent reminder of Lavenham’s former prosperity. Discover the stories of the people who have used the Guildhall through its almost-500 years at the heart of the community.


In the afternoon we make our way to Melford Hallwhere we enjoy a guided tour. During its history, this red-brick Tudor mansion with picturesque turrets has played host to Queen Elizabeth I, seen Civil War unrest and survived a disastrous fire in 1942. Home to the Hyde Parker family for more than two centuries, it remains their beloved family home to this day and contains fine collections of art, porcelain and furniture.

Excursion Three – Constable Country: Flatford, Dedham & East Bergolt
We travel to the picturesque Stour Valley and Dedham Vale, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty made famous by the paintings of John Constable. We stop first in the picturesque hamlet of Flatford. Here we visit the National Trust owned Bridge Cottage, which houses an exhibition about Constable, before enjoying a guided walking tour of some of the key views and locations which inspired many of Constable’s iconic paintings, including Flatford Mill and Willy Lott’s House, immortalised in The Haywain.

After our walk, we rejoin the coach and travel to the idyllic village of Dedham, where Constable went to school. Set on the River Stour with scenic water meadows, the village is the epitome of rural England with an attractive main street lined with Georgian-fronted houses, old inns and a large arts and crafts centre. Finally, we visit East Bergholt, located on the north bank of the River Stour, where Constable was born in 1776.

Itinerary

Excursion One – Paycocke's House and Garden, Coggeshall & Marks Hall Estate
We head to the picturesque market town of Coggeshall, known for its many beautiful listed buildings, many of which are timber-framed dating back as far as the 14th century. We pay a visit to Paycocke'sHouse, an exquisitely carved half-timbered Tudor cloth merchant’s house built around 1500. The house is a testament to the wealth generated by the cloth trade in East Anglia in the 16th century and we learn more about the fascinating story of Paycocke’s riches to rags decline and Edwardian restoration on our guided tour. The tour also encompasses the tranquil cottage garden, a hidden Arts & Crafts gem created during the renovation of Paycocke's.

After our visit, we have free time to explore Coggeshall before continuing on to Marks Hall Estate. A striking heritage landscape that extends to over 2,200 acres of countryside, the estate includes broadleaved woodlands, relaxing lakes, an 18th-century walled garden with beautiful herbaceous borders and a stunning Arboretum featuring a tree collection from all the temperate regions of the world, with areas representing Europe, Asia, North America and the Southern Hemisphere.

Excursion Two – Lavenham, Lavenham Guildhall & Melford Hall
Picturesque Lavenham is a remarkably well-preserved Tudor village which was one of the richest towns in England during the 15th century thanks to the woollen-cloth industry. Here we enjoy a guided walking tour learning more about the village’s fascinating history. We also visit Lavenham Guildhall, a fine timber-framed building that is a potent reminder of Lavenham’s former prosperity. Discover the stories of the people who have used the Guildhall through its almost-500 years at the heart of the community.


In the afternoon we make our way to Melford Hallwhere we enjoy a guided tour. During its history, this red-brick Tudor mansion with picturesque turrets has played host to Queen Elizabeth I, seen Civil War unrest and survived a disastrous fire in 1942. Home to the Hyde Parker family for more than two centuries, it remains their beloved family home to this day and contains fine collections of art, porcelain and furniture.

Excursion Three – Constable Country: Flatford, Dedham & East Bergolt
We travel to the picturesque Stour Valley and Dedham Vale, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty made famous by the paintings of John Constable. We stop first in the picturesque hamlet of Flatford. Here we visit the National Trust owned Bridge Cottage, which houses an exhibition about Constable, before enjoying a guided walking tour of some of the key views and locations which inspired many of Constable’s iconic paintings, including Flatford Mill and Willy Lott’s House, immortalised in The Haywain.

After our walk, we rejoin the coach and travel to the idyllic village of Dedham, where Constable went to school. Set on the River Stour with scenic water meadows, the village is the epitome of rural England with an attractive main street lined with Georgian-fronted houses, old inns and a large arts and crafts centre. Finally, we visit East Bergholt, located on the north bank of the River Stour, where Constable was born in 1776.

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 Paycocke's House and Garden, Coggeshall, Marks Hall Estate, Lavenham, Lavenham Guildhall, Melford Hall, Flatford, Dedham & East Bergolt
  • Guided tours of Paycocke'sHouse and Garden & Melford Hall
  • Guided walking tour of Lavenham
  • Entrance to the Constable exhibition in Bridge Cottage
  • Guided walking tour of Constable’s Flatford
  • Themed evening talk by a guest speaker
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

Coach Bullets

  • Return coach travel
  • 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 Paycocke's House and Garden, Coggeshall, Marks Hall Estate, Lavenham, Lavenham Guildhall, Melford Hall, Flatford, Dedham & East Bergolt
  • Guided tours of Paycocke'sHouse and Garden & Melford Hall
  • Guided walking tour of Lavenham
  • Entrance to the Constable exhibition in Bridge Cottage
  • Guided walking tour of Constable’s Flatford
  • Themed evening talk by a guest speaker
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

Search Bullets

  • 4 nights at the 4-star Holiday Inn, Ipswich with dinner & breakfast
  • Visits to Paycocke's House and Garden, Coggeshall, Marks Hall Estate, Lavenham, Lavenham Guidhall, Melford Hall, Flatford, Dedham & East Bergolt
  • Guided tours of Paycocke'sHouse and Garden & Melford Hall
  • Guided walking tour of Lavenham
  • Entrance to the Constable exhibition in Bridge Cottage
  • Guided walking tour of Constable’s Flatford
  • Themed evening talk by 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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