Beautiful Suffolk & Constable Country
It’s a picture-perfect scene... swans glide past the whitewashed mill, nestled on the riverbank by an ancient bridge, framed by weeping willows. Lush green water-meadows stretch as far as the eye can see. Welcome to your hotel – The Mill, Sudbury. Tucked away on the east coast in the heart of East Anglia, Suffolk is one of England’s best kept secrets. From our base at The Mill Hotel, explore this beautiful county. You'll cruise on the river Deben, visit to the historic port of Dunwich and Dedham Vale (ANOB) along with the scene from Constable’s Hay Wain. Have time in the ancient town of Bury St Edmunds and even take a jaunt over the border into Essex stopping at Colchester and the seaside at vibrant Clacton on Sea.An ideal choice for:
* Constable lovers
* Anyone who wants to explore some of Suffolk's most beautiful destinations
* People who love to have everything taken care of...
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Join your coach this morning, and head towards beautiful Suffolk coast and our lovely Mill Hotel in the pretty town of Sudbury. There will be convenient coffee/lunch stops along the way. On arrival at the Mill Hotel there is time to settle in, perhaps take a stroll through the village or just take in the views before enjoying your first delicious dinner.
Day 2Enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading out on a fabulous day of exploration and sightseeing. Today is your day for Constable Country! We leave the hotel and head for East Bergholt where we meet our guide for a delightful tour of Constable Country, including a visit to the iconic Flatford Mill, site for Constable's best-known painting, the Hay Wain. From there we step aboard for a scenic cruise along the Deben river before ending up in England's 'Lost City', Dunwich. What a day! Return then to the hotel for a drink and another tasty dinner whilst you swap stories about all that you have seen today.
Day 3Enjoy another delicious breakfast this morning before heading off for a full day enjoying the gorgeous market town of Bury St Edmunds. Return in the evening for dinner and more chats in the bar.
Day 4After a leisurely breakfast, why not join us on our full day excursion to historic Colchester and the seaside resort of Clacton-on-Sea. This is sure to be a fun-packed day that we know you're going to love. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and get ready for your final dinner of this holiday.
Day 5After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to the lovely Mill Hotel and the county of Suffolk. After stopping for a coffee/lunch break, relax as you continue homewards full of amazing memories.
Constable Country & Flatford Mill
There are few places in Britain more picturesque than Constable Country in Suffolk. Set within Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just two hours from London and the Midlands, this rural landscape was where the painter John Constable was born, and where he painted his most celebrated works.
John Constable was born in 1776 in East Bergholt, a village on the River Stour in Suffolk. Throughout his he felt great affection for the Suffolk landscape and the villages surrounding his home, telling a friend: “I should paint my own places best; painting with me is but another word for feeling.”
Of all the paintings by John Constable, perhaps the most famous is The Hay Wain. It depicts a horse and cart crossing the River Stour, a white cottage visible on the left bank.
The place in the painting is Flatford, and like so much of Constable Country, it remains unchanged to this day: you can still explore the white cottage (which belonged to Constable’s neighbour, Willy Lott); Flatford Mill, which was owned by the Constable family; and Bridge Cottage, which houses a John Constable exhibition.
Deben Cruise & Dunwich - England's Lost CityWelcome aboard for a delightful scenic boat journey along the river Deben, one of the most beautiful and scenic spots on the East Coast. The tidal Deben Estuary is a Special Protection Area and within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There will be on board commentary will tell of its rich wildlife and history.
After your river cruise, continue on to Dunwich, often referred to as the Lost City of England - a tiny village with a big story to tell....
In an area as steeped in history as the Suffolk Coast, it takes something special to stand out. Dunwich manages to do just this. Known as the lost city of England, this tiny village certainly has a story to tell.
Today, you can explore the village's expanse of forest, heath and beach, at National Trust Dunwich Heath, learn more about it's fascinating past at Dunwich museum and sample some of The Suffolk Coast's fine fayre at award-winning coast and country pubs and inns.
Hailed by some as Suffolk’s answer to Atlantis, Dunwich was once a thriving medieval port and on a par with London as the capital of the kingdom of East Anglia- with over 3000 residents recorded in 1086. However, the effects of storm surges and the resulting coastal erosion washed away much of the harbour buildings and land. Research has been completed with sonar devices to map out the underwater streets and buildings of Dunwich’s past. Many people say that during storms you can hear the bells of lost churches ringing from below the waves.
The macabre folklore, ‘the dark heart of Dunwich’, tells of a local maiden with a broken heart who haunts the area around the beach searching for her lost love.
Bury St Edmunds
Bury St Edmunds is a historic jewel in Suffolk’s crown that over the millennia it has seen tragedy, drama and greatness in equal measure. As such Bury St Edmunds’ architecture reads like a 3D map of the past, and among the old, you’ll find the new: independent shops, eateries, art galleries and more.
Bury St Edmunds’ most famous landmarks are its impressive abbey ruins and their adjoining gardens. Once a great monastery, the abbey was built around a shrine to Saint Edmund, which for centuries was a point of pilgrimage for peasants, kings, and everyone in between.
This is also a great place for beer drinkers; just a stone’s throw from Bury St Edmunds Abbey is the Greene King Brewery, where you can discover the secrets of the brewing process on a guided tour. There’s also the Old Cannon microbrewery to visit, and plenty of pubs, including The Nutshell, which at 15ft by 7ft is one of the smallest pubs in Britain!
Being a country market town, Bury in St Edmunds lives up to its name of market town. It hosts twice-weekly markets, has an enviable selection of boutique shops, along with plenty of cosy restaurants, cafes and enticing delis all found in the town centre. Frankly, there’s so much to see, do, eat and drink in Bury St Edmunds, you’ll need more than one visit to fit it all in
Welcome to Colchester! Having once been Britain's First City and the former capital of Roman Britain it's rich history dates back over 2000 years. On a visit to the city you'll discover that the historic centre is ripe for exploring, with important heritage to be found around every corner.
In 2022 Colchester was gifted modern city status as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations confirming that we're not all about the past. 21st Century Colchester is also a thriving, modern destination with first class visitor attractions, and cultural sites, as well as fantastic places to eat, drink and shop.
Clacton on Sea
Clacton-on-Sea, the largest town on the Essex Sunshine Coast, is a bustling but affordable seaside resort. It boasts an array of entertainment facilities including a pleasure pier, arcades, the Princes and the West Cliff Theatres, a golf course, seafront walks, water sports and an airfield offering pleasure flights.
The main shopping area contains many of the more familiar national chains, independent stores as well as a variety of eateries to tantalise your taste buds which is a common theme throughout the area.
- 4 nights hotel with English breakfast and Evening Meals
- Tour of Constable Country with local guide and visit to Flatford Mill
- Cruise on the river Deben
- Visit to Dunwich, England's 'Lost City'
- Full day excursion to Bury St Edmunds
- Excursion to Colchester & Clacton on Sea
- Direct Coach Travel
- Net Zero Carbon Offset Certificate
Mill Hotel, Sudbury
It’s a picture perfect scene. Swans glide past a whitewashed mill, nestled on the riverbank by an ancient bridge, framed by weeping willows. Lush green water-meadows stretch as far as the eye can see. Welcome to The Mill Hotel, a beautifully converted watermill in the quintessential country town of Sudbury, Suffolk.
History and modernity meet here, with soothing, contemporary interiors complementing the mill’s original features, among them the waterwheel itself – an atmospheric centerpiece in the restaurant and relaxing bar. Within minutes of the hotel, picturesque villages dot some of England’s loveliest countryside in scenes made famous by romantic artist John Constable. Isn’t it time you put yourself in the picture?
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