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Talbooth House & Spa, Dedham, Essex
Looking out across celebrated Constable country and moments away from the chocolate-box village of Dedham, the Talbooth House & Spa is perfectly suited for a night or two - or more - of R&R. This timeless family-owned hotel offers the attentive, understated service that you can expect from a 4 AA Red Star-rated property. The area is steeped in history and, whilst there is no need to leave the hotel, the charming villages and the expansive rolling hills will tempt you to leave your room at least once.
Talbooth Bridge, Talbooth Restaurant and Idle Waters - all a short walk from the hotel - feature in John Constable's famous 1828 oil painting 'The Vale of Dedham'.
Set within Dedham Vale AONB, there are plenty of walks. Head to Flatford Mill, only a 15-minute drive away, or visit Colchester and its famous castle.
By car: under 2 hours 45 minutes from London and Birmingham, and 1 hour 30 minutes from Cambridge. Free parking on-site.
By train: London Liverpool Street to Colchester takes around 1 hour. The hotel is a 15-minute taxi ride. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel suits those who enjoy staying in a stately private home and can appreciate country-chic interiors with an intimate feel. The common areas and rooms all benefit from large windows that let natural light flood in, making the spaces feel spacious yet warm and welcoming.
Service & Facilities
The hotel team can also arrange various activities such as canoeing, paddle boarding or bike hire.
- Swimming pool
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The property is dog-friendly with a variety of country walks easily accessible on your doorstep.
All rooms are named after English poets and there is a framed copy of each poet's most famous piece of work in every room. The generous-sized bathrooms have walk-in showers, roll-top baths and ELEMIS toiletries for an extra touch of luxury.
Kipling, Betjeman, Wordsworth, Shelley, Browning, Masefield, Eliot, Newbolt, Tennyson, Brooke, Keats, Shakespeare
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, tea and coffee facilities, free soft drinks mini-bar, magazines, Sky TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The restaurants aren't on-site and are a short drive, but the hotel's courtesy car will take you there. Milsoms has a contemporary, 'brasserie' feel and serves up a less formal yet sophisticated menu. A choice of cheekily-attractive desserts and sumptuous handmade chocolates offer the perfect finishing touch to a meal at The Talbooth.
Milsoms: brasserie and terrace, modern British cuisine. All-day dining, open daily.
Talbooth Restaurant: 3 AA rosette restaurant, fine dining. Open daily for lunch, Mon-Sat for dinner. Lunch set menu from £35.50.