Little villages, lush green meadows, rich farmlands and sandy heathlands depicted by the famous painters Constable and Gainsborough. A charming and nostalgic holiday with visits to Dickens' town of Bury St Edmunds, the delightful East Anglian countryside and, as a nice contrast, the 'Essex Sunshine Coast'.
4* THE BEST WESTERN MARKS TEY HOTEL
Not far from Colchester this hotel offers excellent standards of accommodation. Facilities include a Health and Leisure Club with heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. En-suite bedrooms have TV, telephone, radio, hairdryer and tea/coffee facilities.
· 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
· Welcome tea/coffee
· Glass of wine with dinner on the first evening
We travel to East Anglia arriving late afternoon at our hotel where tea and coffee will be served.
Discover the idyllic villages on our tour of Constable Country, including the birthplace of the famous painter at East Bergholt, an unspoilt village with many fine old houses and cottages. The church at Dedham, with its 131ft tower, and the little hamlet of Flatford Mill were favourite landscape subjects and you can soak up these scenes first hand. In the afternoon, visit the 'Essex Sunshine Coast' with bustling Clacton-on-Sea and more relaxed Walton-on-the-Naze, returning later to the hotel.
Today's jaunt takes us into the rural north and the coastal village of Thorpeness. Here we pass The House in the Clouds, one of the country's most famous follies, originally built as a water tower, now a family holiday base. We come to the time warp seaside town of Aldeburgh, little changed for many years. Continue to historic Southwold, and in the afternoon, we have a short break in Woodbridge before returning to the hotel.
This morning we have a ride to historic Bury St Edmunds, famous for its Abbey Gardens and the Angel Hotel, where Dickens had Mrs Pickwick stay. Take time to explore the town on market day and obtain lunch. From here we head for the pretty villages of Cavendish and Clare, with their pastel coloured cottages, to take a break in Lavenham, one of our best-preserved medieval villages, full of colourful, half-timbered houses.
After breakfast, we begin our homeward journey
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