Natural Beauty & Architectural Splendours of Suffolk

The beautiful county of Suffolk has plenty to discover, from glorious coastline to rolling countryside and picturesque towns. On this fascinating break we visit some of the most interesting and diverse houses of the county, as we uncover secrets of the family home of Kentwell Hall, see what life was like ‘below stairs’ in the 16th-century Glemham Hall and marvel at the many treasures of the lavish Somerleyton Hall. To complete our wonderful exploration of Suffolk, we also discover glorious gardens set in the area’s extensive estates.


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Holiday Highlights

  • 4 nights at the 4-star Novotel Ipswich Centre, Ipswich with dinner & breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Kentwell Hall, Sudbury, Somerleyton Hall, Southwold, Southwold Lighthouse, Glemham Hall & Helmingham Hall Gardens
  • Exclusive guided tour and lunch* at Kentwell Hall
  • Guided walking tour of Sudbury
  • Guided tours of Somerleyton Hall & Southwold Lighthouse
  • Guided tour with the owner of Glemham Hall
  • Lunch* at Helmingham Hall Gardens
  • Themed evening talk from a guest speaker
  • Accompanied by a caring and knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

    *Please inform us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements.
  • Return coach travel
  • 4 nights at the 4-star Novotel Ipswich Centre, Ipswich with dinner & breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Kentwell Hall, Sudbury, Somerleyton Hall, Southwold, Southwold Lighthouse, Glemham Hall & Helmingham Hall Gardens
  • Exclusive guided tour and lunch* at Kentwell Hall
  • Guided walking tour of Sudbury
  • Guided tours of Somerleyton Hall & Southwold Lighthouse
  • Guided tour with the owner of Glemham Hall
  • Lunch* at Helmingham Hall Gardens
  • Themed evening talk from a guest speaker
  • Accompanied by a caring and knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

    *Please inform us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements.

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Novotel Ipswich Centre

The 4-star Novotel Ipswich Centre is conveniently located half a mile from Ipswich station, and close to the picturesque Neptune Harbour and historic Wolsey Gate. The modern, spacious rooms offer tea and coffee-making facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi and a satellite TV. The hotel also features a stylish restaurant and multi-purpose gym.

Single Supplements Apply

Sunday: Arrival
We check in to the Novotel Ipswich Centre in the afternoon. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager.

Monday: Kentwell Hall & Sudbury
Our first visit takes us to Kentwell Hall, a romantic, moated, mellow red brick Tudor mansion in a tranquil parkland setting. Once neglected, the Hall has been lovingly restored by the current owner, Patrick Phillips, slowly returning it to its former glory. We enjoy an exclusive guided tour of this much-loved family home and have time to explore the beautiful gardens before enjoying lunch here.

We continue to the historic market town of Sudbury, located on the River Stour, where we enjoy a guided walking tour. The town is known for its links to Thomas Gainsborough, England’s renowned 18th-century portrait painter, who was born here and was inspired by the glorious surrounding countryside.

After dinner this evening, we enjoy an interesting themed talk from a guest speaker.

Tuesday: Somerleyton Hall & Southwold
We spend the morning at Somerleyton Hall, one of the finest Victorian stately homes in the country. The original Jacobean manor house was lavishly rebuilt in the Italianate style by Sir Morton Peto and architect John Thomas. Now home to Lord and Lady Somerleyton, the inside of the house is a pastiche of styles from high Victorian splendour in the chintz ballroom to the dark Jacobean Oak Parlour. The house also contains many fine portraits of the Crossley family, tapestries and two stuffed Polar bears – souvenirs of Lord Somerleyton's 1897 excursion to the Arctic. Our guided tour brings this fabulous house to life.

Afterwards we visit the charming Suffolk seaside town of Southwold. Almost an island, being bounded by the sea to the east and rivers to the south and north, Southwold has its own unique character and history. During our visit we enjoy a tour of the working Southwold Lighthouse. Commissioned in 1890 and electrified in 1938, the lighthouse provides a waymark for vessels navigating the coast, and guides vessels into Southwold Harbour.

Wednesday: Glemham Hall & Helmingham Hall Gardens
Glemham Hall is a charming manor house, built around 1560 by the de Glemham family. On our guided tour led by the owner, we explore the depths of the cellars up to the servants quarters in the attic, an area largely untouched by restoration where we can get a real sense of life ‘below stairs’. Our tour also uncovers art, historical events and the lives of some of the hall’s previous occupants.

Next, we head to Helmingham Hall Gardens where we enjoy lunch before exploring the beautiful gardens, set within a 400 acre deer park surrounding the spectacular Tudor moated Hall. Named ‘Garden of the Year 2017’ by Historic Houses and extensively redesigned by the current Lady Tollemache, a well-known garden designer and Chelsea Gold Medallist, the gardens include a classic parterre flanked by hybrid musk roses, a stunning walled kitchen garden with exquisite herbaceous borders and beds of vegetables, a herb and knot garden as well as a beautiful rose garden.

Thursday: Departure
After breakfast, we check out of the hotel for our journey home.

Club Class Home Collection

Door to Door Service from just £99 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 100 miles £99
101 - 150 £135
151 - 200 £175
201 - 250 £225
251 - 300 £250
301 - 350 £280
Single Traveller Supplement Additional 75%
Longer journey prices on request

Sunday: Arrival
We check in to the Novotel Ipswich Centre in the afternoon. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager.

Monday: Kentwell Hall & Sudbury
Our first visit takes us to Kentwell Hall, a romantic, moated, mellow red brick Tudor mansion in a tranquil parkland setting. Once neglected, the Hall has been lovingly restored by the current owner, Patrick Phillips, slowly returning it to its former glory. We enjoy an exclusive guided tour of this much-loved family home and have time to explore the beautiful gardens before enjoying lunch here.

We continue to the historic market town of Sudbury, located on the River Stour, where we enjoy a guided walking tour. The town is known for its links to Thomas Gainsborough, England’s renowned 18th-century portrait painter, who was born here and was inspired by the glorious surrounding countryside.

After dinner this evening, we enjoy an interesting themed talk from a guest speaker.

Tuesday: Somerleyton Hall & Southwold
We spend the morning at Somerleyton Hall, one of the finest Victorian stately homes in the country. The original Jacobean manor house was lavishly rebuilt in the Italianate style by Sir Morton Peto and architect John Thomas. Now home to Lord and Lady Somerleyton, the inside of the house is a pastiche of styles from high Victorian splendour in the chintz ballroom to the dark Jacobean Oak Parlour. The house also contains many fine portraits of the Crossley family, tapestries and two stuffed Polar bears – souvenirs of Lord Somerleyton's 1897 excursion to the Arctic. Our guided tour brings this fabulous house to life.

Afterwards we visit the charming Suffolk seaside town of Southwold. Almost an island, being bounded by the sea to the east and rivers to the south and north, Southwold has its own unique character and history. During our visit we enjoy a tour of the working Southwold Lighthouse. Commissioned in 1890 and electrified in 1938, the lighthouse provides a waymark for vessels navigating the coast, and guides vessels into Southwold Harbour.

Wednesday: Glemham Hall & Helmingham Hall Gardens
Glemham Hall is a charming manor house, built around 1560 by the de Glemham family. On our guided tour led by the owner, we explore the depths of the cellars up to the servants quarters in the attic, an area largely untouched by restoration where we can get a real sense of life ‘below stairs’. Our tour also uncovers art, historical events and the lives of some of the hall’s previous occupants.

Next, we head to Helmingham Hall Gardens where we enjoy lunch before exploring the beautiful gardens, set within a 400 acre deer park surrounding the spectacular Tudor moated Hall. Named ‘Garden of the Year 2017’ by Historic Houses and extensively redesigned by the current Lady Tollemache, a well-known garden designer and Chelsea Gold Medallist, the gardens include a classic parterre flanked by hybrid musk roses, a stunning walled kitchen garden with exquisite herbaceous borders and beds of vegetables, a herb and knot garden as well as a beautiful rose garden.

Thursday: Departure
After breakfast, we check out of the hotel for our journey home.