Overlooking Dedham Vale in Constable country, this handsome Victorian house has a sophisticated interior. Its 12 bedrooms act as the accommodation arm of nearby restaurant Le Talbooth. Both are owned by the Milsom family, who have run the restaurant since 1952 and whose portfolio also includes The Pier at Harwich (see page 000) and Milsoms Kesgrave Hall (see opposite). There’s a lightly applied poetry theme to the smartly decorated bedrooms, each bearing a poet’s name and stocked with their works. Along with a breakfast room, heated pool and spa, there’s the sense of being at a private house party. With its courteous personal service, Maison Talbooth particularly suits groups of friends for a house party. Breakfast, lunch and a spectacular afternoon tea are served in the Garden Room, while a courtesy car whisks guests to and from Le Talbooth, a half-timbered building with a filmset location on the River Stour. In all, the hotel and restaurant make for a winning combination.
The Dedham Vale and ‘Constable Country’ which are on the doorstep. Explore the area by walking the Essex Way and the Stour Valley Path or the hotel can hire a bike and canoe (and supply and deliver you a lunch hamper).
At the award-winning Le Talbooth riverside restaurant, a minute away in the hotel’s courtesy car or stay at the hotel and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea overlooking the Dedham Vale.
Discover the village of Dedham and the small individual shops or go into Colchester (Britain’s oldest recorded town) and indulge in some retail therapy in Fenwick. Better still book in for the ‘Fenwick Getaway’ which includes a personal shopper.