Suffolk & Constable Country

Staying at The Mill Hotel

5 DAYS | 22nd July 2019

There are few places in Britain more picturesque than Constable Country in Suffolk, this rural landscape was where the painter John Constable was born, and where he painted his most celebrated works. Picturesque villages, rolling farmland, rivers, meadows, ancient woodlands and a wide variety of local wildlife all combine to create what many describe as the traditional English lowland landscape.

The Mill Hotel is a beautifully converted water mill located in the centre of Sudbury, on the banks of the River Stour. It has a bar, restaurant and sun terrace each with picturesque views over the meadows. Each guest room is spacious with en-suite bathroom, complimentary WiFi, courtesy tray, and TV.

We depart Macclesfield calling for coffee enroute to the pretty town of St. Ives where we stop for lunch. We then continue south to our the hotel with ample time to settle in before dinner.

After breakfast we meet our guide for a tour of Constable Country taking in many of the pretty towns and villages. We are sure you will recognise many sights that Constable painted.

Today we visit Bury St Edmunds, a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious Cathedral and the Abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. After lunch we visit Melford Hall and Gardens, a fine example of a turreted Tudor manor house built in typical red brick with a moat and deer park. Melford Hall has been the home of the Hyde Parker family since 1786, and the rooms in the house follow the changing styles from Jacobean through Georgian, Regency and Victorian. Melford also has close connections with Beatrix Potter and the hall has several of her soft toys together with many sketches and illustrations.

Enjoy a free morning in Sudbury to explore. There is lots to see and do. Why not browse around the shops, take a stroll by the river, visit the Heritage Centre or Gainsborough’s House? After lunch we venture to the little village of Tiptree and the Wilkin and Sons Jam Museum. The Wilkin family have farmed in Tiptree for nearly three hundred years. We have time to visit the little museum before we sit down to a delicious Cream Tea.

Today we head for home calling at The National Stud at Newmarket where we get to see behind the scenes of a working thoroughbred stud farm. The tour explores a beautiful 500 acre site by coach and on foot focusing on the history and purpose of the National Stud. After our tour we continue north making Huntingdon Garden and Leisure Centre our lunch stop. We join the motorway network and make a comfort stop en-route home, we aim to arrive in the Macclesfield area early evening.

Tour includes: Luxury coach travel throughout, 4 nights dinner bed and breakfast, guide for tour of Constable Country, cream tea at Wilkin & Sons, entrance to Melford Hall and Newmarket National Stud.
£478.00 per person sharing twin/double
£80.00 single room supplement
£28.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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