Verdant rolling hills, cornfields and half-timbered houses all feature in this packaged tour taking in the picturesque medieval market towns and countryside of some of southern England’s oldest counties. Visits to the Beth Chatto Gardens, Green Island Gardens and the Colne Valley Railway are all included as well as a half day step-on guided tour of scenic Constable Country.
Detailed Overview

Hotel

4* The Best Western Marks Tey Hotel

Marks Tey Hotel is ideally located just four miles from Colchester - Britain's oldest recorded town.

• There is no lift at this hotel • TV • Telephone • Safe • Complimentary toiletries • Hairdryer • Air conditioned • Free Wi-Fi • Indoor Swimming Pool • Sauna • Golf • Tennis • Gym • Restaurant • 24-hour Reception •

Price includes

  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee on arrival

  • 3-course menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Free use of indoor pool, steam room & gym

  • Entrance to The Beth Chatto Gardens with a gardener's tour

  • Entrance to Green Island Gardens

  • Guided coach tour of Constable Country

  • Return journey on the Colne Valley Railway

  • Porterage

  • Escorted throughout

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We travel to East Anglia arriving late afternoon at our hotel where tea and coffee will be served.

Day 2

Beth Chatto Gardens & Colchester
This morning, we visit the breath-taking Beth Chatto Gardens created by ten times Chelsea Gold Medal winner, Beth Chatto. During our 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 at leisure in Colchester, the oldest recorded town in the country with its Roman Temple, Norman Castle and medieval timber framed houses.

Day 3

Saffron Walden & Green Island Gardens
We travel to the delightful medieval market town of Saffron Walden where the market has been held here since 1141. 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 Green Island Gardens which have been laid out as a series of structured gardens including Terrace, Japanese garden, huge island beds and water gardens.

Day 4

Constable Country & Colne Valley Railway
This morning, we enjoy a half day ‘step-on’ guided tour of Constable Country, which travels through Dedham Vale, 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 afternoon, we enjoy a short journey on the Colne Valley Railway along its mile-long track alongside relocated station buildings, signal boxes and bridges.

Day 5

After breakfast, we begin our homeward journey

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