Start at Colchester, the oldest recorded town in England, before relaxing in the inspirational landscape of Constable country at Dedham and Flatford. Unwind with a luxurious stay at the award winning 80-bedroom Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa resort. Explore the historic Suffolk countryside of Lavenham, Kersey and Long Melford, home to Lovejoy.
Historic Colchester was the first British Roman capital and is Britain’s oldest recorded town. Castles Park is home to Colchester Castle built on the site of Roman temple and Hollytrees a Georgian townhouse museum.For the more lively visit Colchester Zoo, Jump Street, the leisure centre and swimming pools.
Bridging the Essex / Suffolk border, Dedham is a peaceful spot to hire a rowing boat and make your way to Flatford through the landscape that inspired painter John Constable. Or if you prefer, enjoy an ice cream or picnic and take a walk along the river bank.
The village of Flatford is famous for the 18th century Watermill and Willy Lott’s House. Flatford Watermill is a Grade 1 listed mill, famously captured in Constable’s painting, The Haywain. Explore the historic buildings or take in the views on a walk along the River Stour to Dedham.
An historic market town dating back to 1252 alongside the River Brett, Hadleigh is filled with crooked, half-timbered houses reflecting the historic wool and cloth trades of yesteryear. Take in a walking tour or visit the nearby ancient woodland of RSPB Wolves Wood.
The historic wool village of Kersey and surrounding hamlets occupy a steep hill with the high street forded by a tributary of the River Brett.The skyline of the charming village skyline is dominated by the 11th century medieval St. Mary’s Church.
Half-timbered medieval cottages and the 15th century church are central to the history of picture postcard Lavenham. The wool town is steeped in history and you can visit The Guildhall of Corpus Christi and the 14th century Little Hall or take the railway walk to Long Melford.
Located between Clare and Long Melford, the picturesque Suffolk village of Cavendish is well known for its “Suffolk Pink” thatched cottages, the historic Norman tower church and local pub overlooking the vibrant green.
Situated on the north bank of the River Stour the old wool town of Clare is steeped in history with plenty for the visitor to explore, including a medieval church, museum, Clare Country Park, 13th century Augustinian Priory and Clare Castle ruins dating back to William the Conqueror.
From Melford Hall overlook the village green in Suffolk’s great cloth village where you can join in the annual Beatrix Potter festival or just browse the antique shops on the main street. Other local attractions include the Long Melford Heritage Centre and nearby moated Tudor Kentwell Hall.