Day 1 Morning departure to Capel Manor Gardens, a beautiful 30 acre estate with over 60 different styled gardens to admire, including a sensory garden, Japanese garden and Le jardin De Vincent. Then continue to Colchester for a four night stay.
Day 2 This morning travel to Flatford, home to the 18th century mill immortalised by John Constable in his painting of The Haywain, and the mill is still recognisable today. Then travel to Helmingham Hall to enjoy the serenity and tranquillity of the gardens. The traditional herbaceous borders, walled kitchen garden, herb and knot garden and hybrid musk roses are complimented by a wonderful balance of nature and modern accents inspired by the current Lady Tollemache, a well-known garden designer.
Day 3 A visit to Gainsborough’s House, birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough, dating around 1500 with many interesting features, garden and collection of his work. Later travel to Lavenham, with an included visit to the historic Guildhall, containing exhibitions of local history, farming and woollen trade.
Day 4 Travel to the coastal town of Aldeburgh, with fishing boats pulled up onto the beach and with a charming High Street, enjoy free time here before travelling along the coast to Southwold before returning to the hotel.
Day 5 Breakfast, then travel to the cathedral city of St Albans, with lush green parks and ancient history, for free time before departing for the homeward journey.