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Suffolk Discovery Tour 2021
A luxury fully escorted self-drive tour by
Backwater Classic Car Tours
(two dates) 18th July and 25th July 2021 - five days, four nights
on our Suffolk Villages Run
Our Suffolk Discovery Tour
Backwater Classic Tours invites you to discover one of England’s most beautiful and
undiscovered counties, travelling its fascinating villages and byways in style and comfort.
Join us on this fabulous discovery tour…
A five-day tour where we give you a flavour of the different landscapes in Suffolk
through scenic and historic locations
Suffolk Discovery Tour July 2021
We have two groups as this enables us to keep to the same small-numbers format that is one of the
special attractions of every Backwater Classic Car Tour. We don’t like large groups! Accordingly, we would
advise an early booking as our last Suffolk which followed almost the same format (this one has had a few
tweaks) filled very fast.
This classic Discover Suffolk Tour introduces you to an eastern English county whose bucolic glories have
been celebrated by such acknowledged master-artists as Constable, Gainsborough and Munnings.
You will pass through charming medieval towns and villages as well as visiting the world-famous Anglo-
Saxon burial site of Sutton Hoo and taking a boat trip from Dedham Boathouse down the River Stour
and Kentwell Hall, Long Melford for a private tour.
All this, in a five-day, four-night tour where the accent is always on luxury, fine food and good
companionship. You’ll be staying at the delightful 4-star historic Hintlesham Hall Hotel which is a wonderful
location from which to explore Suffolk. The Hall is a fine, Grade I Listed building offering spacious reception
rooms and beautiful bedrooms.
You also have the option of competing for the Backwater Suffolk Discovery Tour Photo Competition.
brief tour overview…
This five-day tour takes in a wide variety of Suffolk sites and landscapes. Every
route has been carefully planned so that every stop on the way will have been
selected to maximise your motoring pleasure. We provide clear and easy-to-
follow instructions allowing navigators to enjoy the day as much as the drivers.
Our comprehensive tour book ensures that you will not miss out on places of
scenic or historical interest.
Tulip routes include visits to Flatford Mill (the site of Constable’s ‘The Hay
Wain’), Sutton Hoo and the coastal towns of Aldeburgh, Thorpeness,
Woodbridge and Southwold (the town time forgot), Kentwell Hall, for a private
tour and a River Stour boat trip
This “Chocolate Box” Suffolk village run, includes Long Melford and Lavenham.
‘The House in the Clouds’
itinerary …
15:00 Check in from 15:00.
day one
19:00 Welcome drink reception and tour briefing in the Garden Room.
Explanation of the Suffolk Tour Backwater Photo Competition.
19:30 Private dinner in the Parlour Room.
day two
7:00 - 9:30 Breakfast.
9:30 -10:30 Suggested leaving time for the Village Run.
10:30 12:00 Coffee Stop, Rose and Crown, Hundon.
19:30 Private dinner in the Parlour Room.
day three
7:00 - 9:30 Breakfast.
09:15 10:00 Suggested leaving time for the Coast Run.
10:00-11:30 Sutton Hoo (NT).
19:30 Private dinner in the Parlour Room.
day four
7:00 - 9:30 Breakfast.
9:15 - 10:30 “So much more than ConstableRun.
11:30 River Stour boat trip from Dedham.
13:00 Dedham Boathouse, light lunch.
15:30 Kentwell Hall, private tour and tea.
19:30 Private dinner in the Parlour Room.
Presentation to the winner of the Suffolk Tour Backwater Photo Competition.
day five
7:00 - 9:30 Breakfast and check-out.
Hintlesham Hall
day one...
Check in
Check in from 15:00 explore the hotel perhaps
have tea, the cars have a special parking in the
front of the hotel.
Welcome drink reception and tour briefing in the
Garden Room at seven with an explanation of
the Suffolk Tour Backwater Photo Competition.
Private dinner in the character Parlour Room.
day two...
Village Run
Suffolk Villages mainly reflect the county’s rich history as a centre for the wool industry in the Middle Ages
and Tudor times here you’ll find timber framed houses, magnificent and opulent stately houses as well as
the humble pretty thatched cottages Suffolk is well known for.
Our easy scenic 75-mile drive is just a
continuous collection of Suffolkchocolate box
villages that starts directly from the hotel and
takes us through the villages including Long
Melford, Lavenham, Clare, Kersey and
Cavendish with a coffee stop with a coffee stop
at Hundon.
Lavenham was one of the centres of the wool
trade in Suffolk and was the fourteenth wealthiest
town in England.
The stunning Guildhall in the centre of Lavenham was built c1520 by the Guild of Corpus Christi, one of the
town’s four medieval guilds, and is today maintained by the National Trust.
Parlour Room
day three...
Coast Run
Along the coast and moving inland, pretty
villages, historical hamlets, seaside and market
towns await on The Suffolk Coast. We take you
first to Wickham Market and then on to
Woodbridge and Sutton Hoo NT. Since its
discovery in 1939, the Sutton Hoo burial site has
been an important link to the Anglo-Saxon world.
The site consists of burial mounds, along with the
ship-burial where many artefacts were found. The original artefacts are housed in the British Museum, but
the exact replicas shown at this exhibition are built to the highest quality by craftsmen and are valuable in
their own right.
Then onto the coastal towns of Aldeburgh which is
a vibrant and lively seaside town and Thorpness
where the village is surrounded by gorgeous
heathland and forest, Southwold (the town that
time forgot), is your quintessential English seaside
resort; a charming town with colourful beach huts,
popular sandy beaches and a lighthouse. Its award-
winning pier is full of eccentric British seaside fun.
We then take an inland route back via the villages
of Earl Sohan then back to Hintlesham Hall.
day four...
“So much more than Constable” Run.
We take a backwater route to East Bergholt, Dedham and to Constable Flatford Mill NT and discover the
views that John Constable painted. We have lunch at Dedham Boathouse and boat trip on the River Stour.
We then take another backwater route to Kentwell Hall with a private tour, and then time to explore Long
Melford and the Holy Trinity Church which is the longest church in Suffolk. As its name implies, the village
has a long High Street, populated by charming independent shops, vibrant art galleries, antique centres.
Flatford Mill Dedham Boat House
day five... Breakfast and check-out.
Sutton Hoo
Southwold Pier
our Venues...
Hintlesham Hall
Hintlesham Hall is a beautiful grade 1 listed building in
Suffolk dating back to the 1400s, with a breath-taking
Georgian front exterior and original features, was
restored and turned into a hotel by the famous chef,
restaurateur and food writer Robert Carrier. The
business was owned later by the hotelier and
broadcaster Ruth Watson. Hintlesham Hall is
extremely well placed for exploring Suffolk’s
delightfully unspoilt 16th century wool merchants’
villages, it’s pretty river estuaries and ‘Constable
Country’ and the coastal town of Aldeburgh, famous
for its music and food festivals, are within easy reach,
as are Lavenham, Long Melford and Woodbridge, with
their numerous antique shops.
From 1448, Hintlesham Manor, a single storey Tudor Hall,
was owned by Sir John Fortescue who used one of the
rooms as a local court. In 1454 the manor was purchased
by John Timperley.
In August 1720 the hall was bought by Richard Powys, a
Principal Clerk to The Treasury, and the Powys family lived
there for nearly 30 years, after which it was sold to the
lawyer Richard Lloyd, a solicitor-general, and passed down
through his descendants until the early 1900s.
In 1972 the hall was bought by chef Robert Carrier.
Kentwell Hall
Kentwell is not only a stunning period house, but it is also a lived-in and much-loved family home with its
story beginning over 500 years ago.
Built originally by the Clopton family, local wealthy wool merchants, Kentwell Hall has been home to a
succession of owners, with each leaving their own mark. Kentwell has undergone several interior and exterior
restorations and changes but has retained its original essence as a Tudor home. Since 1970, it has been
owned by Patrick and Judith Philips. Together they have embarked on a grand-scale restoration of the Hall
and gardens. This is a useful base to explore Long Melford.
Kentwell Hall
Hintlesham Hall
Hintlesham Hall restaurant
Tour details
Suffolk Discovery Tour Backwater Photo Competition
This optional, light-hearted competition draws on the fact that Suffolk is renowned for its village signs
(there over 375 of them in total).
You have the option to look for the various signs included in the in the tour book and identify the villages
concerned. The Suffolk Spot-the-Sign Observation Trophy to take home and keep.
What’s included:
Hintlesham Hall, Superior Rooms as standard.
Three Tulip Runs.
Constable and Flatford.
Lunch at Dedham Boathouse, River Stour Boat Trip.
Suffolk villages, Lavenham, Southwold, Aldeburgh, Thorpness etc
Sutton Hoo visit.
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford private tour
Photo observation competition, optional.
Vamoos phone app-update pre-tour information and Sat Nav
Five days, four nights, three course dinners and breakfast each day
Coffee stops, Comprehensive tour book, rally plate.
What's Not Included:
Cost of any entrance fees that are not stated.
All drinks are extra to accommodate individual preferences.
Website and tour registration:
Backwater Tours web site:
Tour Cost:
£880.00 Cost is based on two people sharing a room.
Who we are:
Backwater Classic Car Tours is a UK-based company that has been organising and escorting events since
2008, principally for classic Jaguars. Our aim is for all our guests simply to enjoy themselves and to see
new places (there is no element of competitive driving). The emphasis of all our tours is as much on the
social side as on the driving experience.
Backwater Classic Car Tours
Skylark Way, Barnham
West Sussex, PO22 0FA, UK
Telephone: +44 (0) 1243 820041 Web: Email:
Note: we reserve the right to amend the dates, rates and itinerary in this brochure.