Country house with riverside restaurant in pretty Dedham Vale
Set on the Suffolk borders, Maison Talbooth has plenty of Wow factor – not to mention lavishly appointed rooms and a year-round heated outdoor pool.
- Lavish country living just 90 minutes from London.
- Luxurious suites with deep bathtubs for two.
- The all-seasons outdoor heated pool, hot tub and tennis court.
- Riverside dining in Le Talbooth restaurant.
Hit the spot
Five minutes from pretty Dedham village, on the Suffok borders.
There's a tennis court here and treatment rooms where you can book a range of body and beauty treatments. The outdoor heated pool (open all year) has a hot tub and pool house.
Good to know
Riverside Le Talbooth restaurant is five minutes from the hotel, with a complimentary car shuttle on hand.
Minimum StayTwo nights at weekends
ParkingThere is free guest parking.
AirportLondon Stansted – 60 miles. Transfers can be arranged.
TrainColchester and Manningtree stations – five miles.
PetsDogs welcome by arrangement
LocationStratford Road, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HN, United Kingdom
All rooms have DVD players, kingsize beds, goose feather duvets and Egyptian cotton sheets. The two Principal suites have a private terrace.
The Principal and Deluxe rooms have added luxe: we loved Shakespeare and Betjeman (a Deluxe). Among the lovely Superior rooms, Eliot has a wow-factor bathroom.
Eat & Drink
Beamed Le Talbooth restaurant (five minutes away) serves modern English cuisine amid crisp white linen, smart leather chairs and Zoffany fabrics. Expect award-winning food and spot-on service: tuck into roast lobster tail and monkfish, breast of quail en croute and Valrhona chocolate Black Forest gateau. Try the hand-dived scallops, the roast lobster tail cooked in vermouth or maybe a Chateaubriand for two.
You can dine on the terrace beneath Le Talbooth's signature curved sail in the summer months – and there's a courtesy car to take you back. Come here on summer Sundays for a riverside BBQ with a jazz or steel band.
Breakfast is served in the Garden Room until 10:30am. Dine out on the terrace if it's sunny.
Available morning and evening. Daytime fare at the Maison includes Club sandwiches, wraps and freshly baked scones.
See & Do
Trawl for antiques in pretty Dedham, where you can stroll along the river – just pick up a walking map. Admire the equestrian prints and paintings of Sir Alfred Munnings in the museum of his name just outside the village.
This is Constable country, so don’t miss a trip to the painter's birthplace at Flatford Mill in the village of East Bergholt, where there's also a lock and barge dock. Earn your lunch by rowing along the River Stour with a picnic and a bottle of chilled white wine – there's a boating station in Dedham. If you prefer salt water, staff can arrange for you to hire a sailboat from The Pier at Harwich and head out to sea.
There's every excuse for some pampering in Maison Talbooth's treatment rooms. Opt for a side-by-side chillout and detox massage, some oxyjet skin-smoothing therapy, a sea mud wrap or a salt scrub and full body mapping. You'll also have full use of the hotel's heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi. There's also a tennis court and a pool house with sofas, a surround-sound TV and an honesty bar.