Constable Country Walking Weekend

John Constable’s paintings define our idealised vision of the English pastoral idyll. We explore this beautifully unspoilt part of the world, where we combine walks in the stunning countryside with visits to fine historic houses.

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Holiday Highlights

  • 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Belstead Brook Muthu Hotel
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions on Saturday and Sunday (meet us at Sutton Hoo for the Monday excursion)
  • Flatford Constable Walking Tour & Wicken Fen Circular Walk
  • Visits to Bourne Mill, Coggeshall, Paycocke’s House, Ickworth* & Sutton Hoo
  • Guided garden tour at Ickworth
  • Services of a Tour Manager

Belstead Brook Muthu Hotel

The Belstead Brook Muthu Hotel is located in suburban Ipswich. Built around a 16th-century hunting lodge, the hotel is set in extensive lawned gardens and offers traditionally decorated bedrooms, a library, bar and oak-panelled restaurant. Leisure club facilities include a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym.

Single Supplements Apply

Hotel Rating

Hotels with a JG3 rating tend to be a more formal style of hotel, often part of a hotel chain, with a greater range of facilities and services. Bedrooms are a little more spacious and have additional features. Public areas are larger and include lounge seating, a bar and restaurant with good quality food served either buffet style or with waiter service. 

Friday - Arrival
On this self-drive weekend, check-in at the hotel is available from 3pm. Later, we enjoy a welcome from our Tour Manager and dinner at the hotel.

Saturday - Flatford Constable Walking Tour, Bourne Mill, Coggeshall & Paycocke’s House
We join the coach to take us to the quiet hamlet of Flatford, from where we enjoy a walking tour of approximately one hour. Led by an experienced National Trust guide, we visit the key views and locations which inspired many of Constable’s iconic paintings. 

We make a short stop at Bourne Mill, a picturesque watermill with working waterwheel set in tranquil grounds. Constructed in 1591, the building originally served as a fishing lodge and Elizabethan banqueting hall before being converted into a mill.

We then head to the picturesque market town of Coggeshall, known for its many beautiful listed buildings. We visit Paycocke's House, an exquisitely carved half-timbered Tudor cloth merchant’s house built around 1500. The house is a testament to the wealth generated by the cloth trade in East Anglia in the 16th century and tells a fascinating story of its riches to rags decline and Edwardian restoration.

After our visit, there is the option to complete all or part of the one and a half hour, three mile circular walk around Coggeshall. The walk passes Grange Barn, one of the oldest surviving timber-framed buildings in Europe built by the Cistercians in the 13th century to serve the once powerful Coggeshall Abbey. Alternatively, we have free time to explore Coggeshall at leisure.

Sunday - Wicken Fen Circular Walk & Ickworth*
Joining the coach again, we travel towards Cambridgeshire and Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, one of Europe’s most important wetlands, supporting an abundance of wildlife. We enjoy a circular walk of just under an hour which explores ancient Sedge Fen, one of the last remnants of un-drained fenland in lowland Britain. The Boardwalk Trail provides safe and easy access to a landscape of flowering meadows, sedge and reedbeds where highlights include the iconic Wicken windpump and two wildlife hides.

We then head to Ickworth, a Neo-classical mansion most notable for its enormous central Rotunda commissioned by the 4th Earl of Bristol to house his priceless treasures. We enjoy a guided tour of the impressive Italianate garden which mirrors the house architecture, with box hedges and Mediterranean planting plus a Victorian stumpery planted with shade-loving ferns.

Monday - Sutton Hoo
Checking out of the hotel, you have the option to travel by your own car to meet us at Sutton Hoo. The priceless Anglo-Saxon treasure found here was one of the greatest archaeological finds in Britain’s history. The royal burial site was discovered in 1939 and yielded some stunning artefacts including a beautiful prince’s sword. Walk among the ancient burial mounds and discover the full story through the award-winning exhibition with many original and replica artefacts and a reconstruction of the ship burial chamber. The estate’s Edwardian house is also worth a look.

* On 2nd June departure, Ickworth is unavailable and will be replaced by a visit to Ipswich and the Christchurch Mansion Gallery.

Club Class Home Collection

Door to Door Service from just £90 per person

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip Mileage Price (pp)
Up to 150 miles £90
151 - 200 £150
201 - 250 £175
251 - 300 £200
301 - 350 £225
351 - 400 £250
400 + Call for a quote
Single Traveller Supplement Additional 75%

Please note: This tour involves a fair amount of walking and is therefore unsuitable for those with limited mobility. We reserve the right to adapt the itinerary in the event of inclement weather.

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