Outings

Bourne Mill

Bourne Mill

DAY TRIP to SCOTNEY CASTLE - National Trust
TUESDAY 13th JUNE 2017
Cost: £14.50pp for National Trust members or Volunteers; £25.50 for non members
Plus £1 per car for parking at Marks Tey Hotel
We depart from Marks Tey Hotel at 9.30 am and make our way to Polhill garden centre for morning coffee before continuing our journey to Scotney to arrive around midday.
Scotney is not one but two houses. The medieval moated old Scotney Castle lies in a peaceful wooded valley, while at the top of the hill and with far reaching views stands the new house, built in the Elizabethan style in 1837 for Edward Hussey to a design by Anthony Salvin. Three generations have made their mark adding possessions and character to the homely Victorian mansion. Being too cold and damp for habitation, Hussey had the walls of the ‘old Scotney’ selectively demolished to leave the present fairytale ruin reflecting in a lake-like moat. This romantic ‘folly’ is the centrepiece of the picturesque landscape.
The gardens offer a seasonal cycle of colour with a variety of walks to follow. Nearer the house is the domestic garden with its herbaceous borders and restored kitchen garden.
The coach house tea room offers a selection of hot meals, lighter options and sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones. Picnics are allowed in the grounds.
Departing at 4.30pm we hope to be back in Colchester by 7.00pm
Closing date : 12th May
Please contact the Chairman (details on the Welcome Page) if you wish to join this outing.
DAY TRIP to ANGLESEY ABBEY - National Trust
FRIDAY 29th SEPTEMBER 2017
DAY TRIP to ANGLESEY ABBEY, GARDENS and MILL - National Trust
FRIDAY 29th SEPTEMBER 2017, departing at 9.30am
Cost: £15.25pp for National Trust members or Volunteers; £27.15 for non members
Plus £1 per car for parking at Marks Tey Hotel
Anglesey Abbey was acquired by the National Trust in 1966.  It had been the home of Lord Fairhaven who had a passion for tradition and impressing guests; it was a cosy home in which to entertain.  Wanting to surprise and inspire those who visited, he created a spectacular garden with sweeping avenues and classic statuary with plantings for all seasons.  The dahlia garden provides a magnificent burst of late summer colour featuring over 70 varieties.
Step into this elegant house and you journey back to a golden age of country-house living.  The domestic wing shows how the staff serving the meticulous Lord Fairhaven ran his house like clockwork.  hands o activities and demonstrations should be available during our visit.
Light refreshments and hot and cold lunches are available in the restaurant.  There are picnic areas in the grounds.
Lode Mill (one and a quarter miles) may be visited; freshly milled wholemeal flour may be purchased there.
Please contact the Chairman (details on the Welcome Page) if you wish to join either of these outings.