As one of the most beautiful areas of England, Essex retains a quintessential charm that makes it a worthy addition to our holiday brochure. With its rich tapestry of everything that makes Britain great, this fascinating county is perfect for top quality relaxation, historic towns and villages and a beautiful, ever-changing coastline. This holiday offers variety by the yards with a stunning boat cruise, a visit to England’s previous capital, a stroll around breath-taking gardens and visits to some appealing, humble villages.
Five Lakes Resort and Spa is nestled in the middle of 320 acres of impressive parkland and is the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway. With top quality beds and hot drinks facilities coming as standard, their bedrooms provide a great night’s sleep for all.
Day One - Sit back and relax as we go from coast to coast with comfort stops on the way.
Day Two – Today, we travel to Waldringfield for a cruise on the calm waters of the River Deben; one of the most beautiful spots on the East Coast. Then, visit Woodbridge, the largest market town on the river and home to one of only five tide-mills restored in the UK. It is then on to Colchester, the former capital of England and Britain's first City. It has a rich and varied history, waiting to be explored.
Day Three - After breakfast we travel to RHS Garden Hyde Hall. A surprisingly eclectic, yet fine garden with wonderful panoramic views over Essex. We then head to the traditional seaside resort of Southend-on-Sea, home to the longest pier in the world. At Pier Head, see the active RNLI station, stroll along the promenade, or visit one of the town's shopping centres. While it’s lunchtime, you might as well treat yourself to some fish & chips.
Day Four – It’s small village day today. After breakfast we travel to the quaint village of Lavenham, known as 'England's Finest Medieval Village'. We then continue to Flatford, home to the 18th century mill made famous in Constable's paintings, before visiting the delightful village of Dedham.
Day Five - Sadly it’s time to leave the Five Lakes hotel and start our way home.