SATURDAY 22 JUNE 2019; Depart 9.30am from Marks Tey Hotel

Cost £23.00 for NT members, £34.50 for Non NT members; plus £1 per car for parking at Marks Tey Hotel (car parking donation is for charity)

We We make our way direct to Ightham Mote, near Sevenoaks, to arrive in time for coffee and biscuits (included in the cost).

Ightham Mote nestles at the bottom of a valley in the Kent Downs area of outstanding natural beauty. Dating from the 14th century, the medieval moated manor house has seen many changes through its history. Previous owners include medieval knights, a courtier to Henry VIII, high society Victorians and, lastly, an American businessman who donated the house to the Trust in 1985. Now a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument, the house was built to impress but today it seems understated with a quirky charm of its own, set within peaceful gardens, orchards, lakes and woodland walks. Journey through 700 years of history in the Great Hall with its vaulted ceiling, Tudor window and fireplace, and Victorian panelling.

We depart earlier than usual at 3.15pm for the short journey to Polhill Garden Centre where you will be able to purchase fresh produce and afternoon refreshments and browse the various shopping outlets. We will spend about 1 to 1½ hours there and expect to be back in Colchester by 6.30pm.

Closing date : 15 May 2019


WEDNESDAY 23 JULY 2019; Depart 9.00am from Marks Tey Hotel

Cost £30, HH members £20; plus £1 per car for parking at Marks Tey Hotel (car parking donation is for charity)

We stop en route in Snape Maltings where there will be time to buy coffee and visit some of the shops before we continue on to Somerleyton Hall, arriving about 12.30pm.

In 1240 Sir Peter Fitzosbert built a manor on the site of the present hall. In 1610 John Wentworth became the owner and built the hall into a comfortable, typical East Anglian Tudor-Jacobean mansion. It then passed through several owners until it was purchased by Sir Samuel Morton Peto in 1843. He embarked on an extensive rebuilding programme, creating an Anglo-Italian masterpiece with paintings specially commissioned for the house and completely redesigned gardens. In 1863 the estate was sold to Sir Francis Crossley, whose son was created Baron Somerleyton in 1916. The house is now owned by Hugh Crossley, 4th Baron Somerleyton. The mansion boasts fine architectural features by influential artists and designers and the state rooms have oak panelling and wood carving. The formal gardens cover 12 acres; there is also an aviary, walled gardens, loggia and a 300-foot pergola. The property has been used many times for various television dramas.

We depart at 4.15pm to arrive back in Colchester around 6.30pm.

Closing date : 20 June 2019

Please contact the Chairman for booking information for both outings.