Sun 5 Sep 2021 - Thu 9 Sep 2021
The Marks Tey Hotel stands 4 miles from Colchester and offers excellent standards of accommodation. Hotel facilities include Lifestyle Health and Leisure Club with heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. All bedrooms are en suite and have television, telephone, radio, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities. Enjoy a welcome glass of wine with dinner on the first night.
Morning departure from your home area travelling to Marks Tey Hotel. Tea/Coffee and biscuits served on arrival. 4 nights stay - dinner, bed and breakfast.
This morning we 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 of England at first hand. In the afternoon we visit Colchester before returning later to the hotel.
Today’s jaunt takes us to the notorious Essex Smuggler’s Coast. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, in the heyday of the smuggling trade, with rivers running deep inland the coastline offered many good landing points for people and cargoes. We start with a visit to Mersea Island and West Mersea for a short break. Our final halt is in Burnham-on-Crouch. From Maldon’s Hythe Quay to Burnham on Crouch many smugglers tales abound.
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. We have time to explore the town 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 with its many colourful and half timbered houses.
After breakfast we leave and begin our homeward journey.
Flatford Mill & the Vale of Dedham
Bury St Edmunds & Lavenham
Burnham on Crouch
Guided tour of Constable Country
Ref : PEL076
Single Supplement £60.00 (limited)